Joy for England Women's U17s who qualify for World Cup

Monday 16 May 2016
England Women's U17s have qualified for the World Cup

England defeated Norway to finish third in the European Championship and qualify for the FIFA Women’s U17s World Cup.

John Griffiths’s side lost to Germany in the Euro semi-final but bounced back to seal their place at Jordan 2016.

Norway 1-2 England

UEFA Women's U17 Championship
Third-place play-off
Monday 16 May 2016
Traktor Stadium, Minsk, Belarus

It will be the U17s’ first appearance at a World Cup since 2008.

Niamh Charles broke the deadlock after just eight minutes only for Sophie Haug to level early in the second half.

But Liverpool forward Charles bagged her fourth goal at the finals to seal a famous win for the Young Lionesses.

The World Cup will run from Friday 30 September until Friday 21 October.

England (4-2-3-1): 1 Ellie Roebuck (Manchester City); 14 Kelsey Pearson (Blackburn Rovers), 12 Anna Patten (Arsenal), 6 Lotte Wubben-Moy (capt; Arsenal), 3 Taylor Hinds (Arsenal); 8 Laura Hooper (Arsenal), 4 Hollie Olding (Brighton & Hove Albion); 17 Hannah Cain (Sheffield FC), 10 Georgia Stanway (Manchester City), 11 Niamh Charles (Liverpool); 7 Alessia Russo (Chelsea).

Substitutes: 18 Anna Filbey (Arsenal) for Olding 63, 9 Ellie Brazil (Birmingham City) for Cain 78.

Substitutes not used: 13 Katie Startup (Gillingham), 2 Flo Allen (Bristol City), 5 Grace Smith (Aston Villa), 15 Lois Joel (Chelsea), 16 Ella Toone (Blackburn Rovers).

Goals: Charles 8, 57

Bookings: Stanway

Head coach: John Griffiths

Referee: Ana Aguiar (Portugal)

By Glenn Lavery