England Knocked Out of Euro 2013

19 Jul 2013

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England players after their loss


England finished bottom of Group C and were knocked out of Euro 2013 after being outclassed by France in Sweden.

France looked imposing from the start and Eugenie Le Sommer opened the scoring early on with a crisp strike.

Karen Bardsley saved efforts from Elodie Thomis and Louisa Necib, while England did not have a chance on goal until Toni Duggan's shot after an hour.

But two goals in three minutes ended the contest thanks to Necib's clever finish before Wendie Renard headed in.

They came as England enjoyed their best spell of the game and extinguished any prospect of Hope Powell's team reaching the last eight.

England had gone into the game knowing that victory would have taken them through to the quarter-finals and that a draw might have been enough to go to a drawing of lots with Group A side Denmark for a place in the last eight.

But Powell's team could not cope with Lyon's attacking trio of Le Sommer, Thomis and Necib, who put England under constant pressure.

England finished bottom of the table with just a point after Russia and Spain drew 1-1 in the night's other match.

That result saw Russia go to a drawing of lots but they lost out against Denmark, who join Iceland as one of the two best third-placed finishers from the two groups.

England had arrived in Sweden following an 11-game unbeaten run, but lost a pre-tournament friendly against the hosts, and there has been a distinct lack of creativity and energy from the side.

They lost 3-2 to Spain and drew 1-1 with Russia in their two previous group games.

Allied with the poor showing of the England men's Under-21s at the European Championship and the men's Under-20s at the World Cup, it means the Football Association has not seen any of its sides win a tournament game during a miserable summer.

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