Women’s Internationals: England defeat but Scotland secure win

Two Chelsea Ladies players were involved in the action in France on Friday night as England slipped to a defeat in a friendly international.

The hosts hit the target very late in the game to win 1-0, a reverse of the score in the summer when the Lionesses knocked France out of the Euros. On this occasion England, containing Millie Bright in her customary role in defence, kept their opponents at bay with a strong performance until an error of judgement from Liverpool keeper Siobhan Chamberlain led to the deciding goal.

Fran Kirby had withdrawn from the squad due to injury but there was a place in the starting line-up for Karen Carney who played just over an hour. Carly Telford was an unused sub.

England next play two Women's World Cup qualifiers at home next month, against Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kazakhstan.

Scotland Women opened up their qualification campaign with a win away to Belarus this week. Erin Cuthbert came on with 12 minutes left on the clock, by which time the Scots had recovered from conceding to lead 2-1. They now play Albania at home on Tuesday in another qualifier.