England beat France for the first time in 43 years to earn a semi-final against hosts Holland after Jodie Taylor scored her fifth goal of the tournament
England manager Mark Sampson speaks. “I am incredibly proud of the players,” he says. “They showed tonight what they were all about. From 1-24, the togetherness was so strong. I am incredibly proud of the players for their efforts to grind out another result.
The Lionesses are now favourites to win Euro 2017, but Sampson’s not having it. “We don’t listen to the bookies,” the former Bristol Academy boss says. “We don’t bet – we are not allowed to. We will keep bringing the best possible performance we can.
“We are really pleased, we will enjoy this one and go again. It will be another tough game [against the Netherlands]. We will prepare to play a great Dutch team and to try and get ourselves through to the final.”
Some team news briefs before Thursday, too. Karen Bardsley ought to be alright for Thursday, she left the field with a dead leg. Midfielder Jill Scott will be missing through suspension, after picking up another yellow card tonight.