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Welcome to the inner sanctum of Salford City Stadium where, in a
matter of minutes, hope Powell will be giving her final team talk to an
England team trailing the Dutch in the race for the European
Championship. Win this evening and top spot will be back firmly in
their sights. Biggest game of the year so far.
Probably the most important game in the group. A massive game. We need
three points. We want the win. finish top, make sure we are the
best in the group. Live on BBC so really looking forward to it.
Everybody had to really focus. to give everything out there.
want to go to the euro finals more than anything. We need to take our
chances. That's all that matters, to win. A big test on Sunday. We
are look forward to it. We need to watch out for them tricky players
and the threat they can cause us. It will be a tough challenge, one
we are ready for. We are delighted you could join us for this crucial
European Championship qualifier between England and the Netherlands.
The Dutch are expected to provide strong opposition for Hope Powell's
side. Two of the country's most decorated footballers joining me
now, over 180 caps between the three of us in fact. Faye White and
Sue Smith. You have a decent excuse for not showing up on the pitch?
Yes, an ever growing bump, six months pregnant so they don't want
me on the field tonight. Well see how they get on! Sue, you have a
fairly more traditional reason, you have done your ACL, so you are out
with your knee, but what's the target now, I'm guessing the Euro?
Yes, I want to get back fit, then play for Doncaster Bells and
fingers crossed to get Pickford England, that would be amazing.
group table says it all. More margin for error. The Netherlands
five points clear and England have a game in hand. There is an outside
chance that England could progress as the best loser but they won't
want to leave anything to chance. Looking at that table, they can't
leave anything to chance. Wintonite and it's in England's hands. Well,
there is very little between the two sides in their first meeting in
October. It was 0-0 in Holland. England just managed to get past
them in the Euro 2009 semi-finals. What do you expect from the Dutch?
Nfrpblgts 2009, the Dutch were defensive -- in 2009, the Dutch
were defensive. They've got a new coach. They look to play out from
the back a lot more, very much more comfortable in possession through
all of the field so I think they'll be confident. They are top of the
table, they'll come here thinking we'll probably sit back, soak the
pressure up for us and we'll hit them on the counter because they
have forward thinking players. You have been in the dressing room with
Hope Powell lots of times. What is she like in this situation? She's
very experienced and has played at the highest levels. Hope without a
doubt will be very calm and relaxed with the players. I think she'll
tell them to go out there and enstkwroi whole occasion. They are
good enough to win the game -- enjoy the whole occasion. That's
hard to enjoy themselves but they can do it and she'll instil that
belief into them. It's a little over ten minutes before kick off,
so it's time we got to know England's starting 11, with a
little help from the boss. Rachel Brown, Everton ladies, goalkeeper.
Experience, dedication, hard work and very, very brave. Alex Scott,
Arsenal, defence. Athletic, versatile, could run a
marathon, brings a lot to the game, can get up and down the pitch. Can
score and can defend. Sophie Bradley, Lincoln ladies defence.
One of the youngsters up and coming. See her having a very bright future.
Good defender. Very physical and very capable. Casey Stoney, Lincoln.
Defence. Captain, good leader, game understanding, fantastic positional
awareness second to none and very clever.
Steph Houghton, arge, defence. play midfield and anywhere along
the back -- Arsenal. Fantastic left and right foot and good in the air.
Jill Scott, Everton midfield. marathon runner, can go box to box
ah good athlete, good technician and goal skeerer. Faye William,
Everton midfield. Our most creative player can hit a 50, 60 yard ball
on her day with accuracy. A creative player.
Karen Carney, Birmingham City. Creative player, can open up the
play with through balls and can score as well. Eniola Aluko,
Birmingham City, forward. Plays anywhere along the front line. A
very quick and good eye for a goal. Rachel Yankey. Arsenal. Crosses
well and has good pace. Rachel Williams, Birmingham forward.
call her the tank. Physically one of the strongest players. Works
hard. Will get into a tangle with any player probably win the one-to-
one battle and is a natural goal scorer. So a new permanent England
Captain tonight, Casey Stoney. Faye, what sort of Captain is she? She's
very good at reading the game, very vocal in the changing rooms and on
the field, can see things before other players and a very good
organiser. She reads the game well for herself for her own position.
She'll be talking about Sophie Bradley. You know Sophie well from
your Lincoln an Leeds days. An important partnership. But she
hasn't played much football. Will that affect her? I don't think so.
She's very young and fit. You would say she's experienced for a year.
She knows this level, she actually played when we played them away and
did fantastically well against their forward so we know she can do
it. Tonight she'll go into the game with a lot of confidence. There's
no Kelly Smith. We are hoping she'll be fit for the Olympics.
She's on track at the moment. Rachel Williams gets her chance,
Birmingham player in fine form. What sort of player is she? Strong
and powerful. She'll run for the team, works hard, very good eye for
goal. Sometimes scores when you don't realise that she has an
opportunity. Last season she had a fantastic year in the WSL and a lot
of people were asking why she'd not been Pickford England and this is a
massive game for her tonight to show what she can do at this level.
I think it just shows with those sorts of goals that Rachel's very
different, very hard to mark. She scores great headers which is hard
for defenders. She's variable, you can put nit the nine, 11 or seven.
She's quick and powerful. It will be a tough physical battle for the
Dutch defenders because she uses her body well to protect the ball
when she's come in short as well. Manon Melis looks to be the key
player for the Dutch. 89 caps, 42 goals, she knows where the back of
the net is. But apart from that, what does she bring to the side?
She's so quick. That is the main strength of her game. She loves to
get in behind. We can see she scores goals with her record. She's
experienced despite being only 25, she's played in lot of games and
Sophie Bradley will be trying to pick her up. She did well away from
home and she'll be carrying on from that hopefully. Rachel Yankey is an
experienced player but is up against somebody she's played
before, an extremely strong player in Dyanne Bito. How be will that
pan out? Rachel is one of the most senior players. We'll look to her
to lead the line and Bito is a very strong player and Yanks has the
experience to know how to manage that speed of Rachel. She'll have
to mix her game up to see how she's going to get past her and be
physical. Sue, apart from the obvious, what do England have to do
to beat the Dutch? I think it's going to be tough but we know that
Holland are direct, they like to play football, they have mixed it
up but we know that that is their strength, that they look for the
pacey players in behind. We've got to try and soak up the pressure and
start to play football. I think that's what we are good at. We are
good at, get Fara on the ball out wide and get the wide players in
there and get the ball in the box for Rach Williams because she can
score. Same again really, yes. Sue's wrapped it up, but I think we
have to be confident and take the game to them. In the away game back
in October, I thought Holland were the best team for much of the game
and the players were very disappointed with how they
performed. Fara missed a penalty so it didn't go for us quite that
night. Home advantage tonight. The players seem up for it so they've
got a good job to do. It's a must- win game in terms of keeping the
qualification in their own hands. A lot of experienced players out
there. If it doesn't go to plan, at least they have good experience, is
that an advantage? You wouldn't even want to get to that point
though because Kelly's not playing and some of the girls have a few
injuries, but we should be better than that now, we should be
expecting to win these games. The expectations are in the players but
they have to be good enough now, we've played at big tournaments and
quarter-final level so they have the experience to get the job don
tonight. Steph Houghton will be playing at left back, an unfamiliar
role for her. Is that something the Dutch will target, bearing in mind
she's a right-sided player? I think they probably will, but I don't
think it will be an advantage for them because Steph can play
anywhere in the back lines, she's a good technician so can use her left
foot just as well. She's in there for her pace. She's very quick and
Holland have a pacey front line so she can get back and cover. I think
Steph will do really well. Got the Olympics coming up this summer,
Team GB with our only chance to shine and a lot of the players will
know already but another opportunity for them to try and
convince hope that they need to be in there? Yes, first and foremost
they'll concentrate on getting the win in. The back of their minds
they'll be thinking I want to play well and I need the confidence.
Their positions are certainly not picked and the squad's only 18 so
there's an even harder chance to get into the team, so there's some
on the fringe that might think, I can make it, I'm young, upcoming,
you know, Sophie Bradley, Clare Rafferty, people like that, if they
get a chance. They've got to take the chance and perform how we know
they can. OK. Please do get in touch with out
throughout the match on Facebook and Twitter. At half time, we'll
have the latest from the England men's camp, including an interview
with Wayne Rooney. The teams are coming out of the tunnel. It's time
to join the commentary team, Lucy to join the commentary team, Lucy
Ward and Nigel Adam. 12 months ago England were
preparing for what turned out to be a dramatic disappointing appearance
at the World Cup finals in Germany. Here today, they know victory would
help them plant firmly one foot in the European Championship next weir
next year. They'll be aware that Holland have plans of their own.
Three points would book their place in Sweden straights away for them.
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Before the action, we'll have the GOOD DEAL MORE TEMPERATE THAN THEY
WERE FOR TRAINING YESTERDAY WHEN BOTH Teams experienced something
akin to a monsoon here at the Salford City Stadium. The England
coach Hope Powell has been forced into making big decisions today
with her team selection. Brown is in goal due to Bardsley's broken
finger. Houghton replaces Unitt to help cope with the pace of the
Dutch attack, while Sophie Bradley will be alongside Stoney, the
captain, despite playing only 45 minutes since March. Rachel Yankey
also returns, to win her 118th cap and has a first start in nearly a
year for Aluko. Ellen White is only fit enough for the bench so
able to field a settled team for much of the campaign. They key
player, as you have been hearing, could be striker Manon Melis. She
is Holland's all-time top scorer at the end that -- tender age of 25
and six of her 42 goals have been netted him how last four qualifiers.
Who can Dyke is the one player with the experience of playing in
Stoney. It is, she has and the right to step up as captain. She
will follow the lead off Faye White, who has retired, and this is a
tough game, Holland are it Cup team and they have been 100% for the
qualifying campaign -- a tough the team. Steph Houghton has had a
rotten luck with injuries around major tournaments, but real
responsibility on her shoulders today. She has missed out on a
couple of major championships because she has got injured just
before, but she is a good player, she is athletic and physical, good
in the air and technically very good, so she should be all right
and I think they expect the Dutch forward to cut inside on to Steph's
right foot, her strongest for it. And Aluko has barely featured since
the World Cup 12 months ago, but Hope Powell clearly has they then
have. England look that the Dutchman saw how high the full-
backs played so they have their to quickest players out wide with her
and Rachel Yankey. The referee is Swedish and Sweden is the intended
destination for both of these teams, as England, in all-white, get the
game under way. It is a reminder that basically it is a game they
have to win. Three points for Holland and they will have already
qualified for the tournament in direction of Dyanne Bito, then
England have their first experience given the job of trying to look
after Manon Melis here this dealt with very well. That is what
Alex Scott is all about, getting wider and getting the ball into the
box and that is what England will be trying to do, exploit the space
behind the full-backs. Manon Melis was the target again but picked up
by Rachel Brown, winning her 37th cap today, but she has not been
number one for a couple of years. But Karen Barclay suffering a
broken finger before this game, so the Everton stop back between the
posts. She has got save Hants, she has played from the age of 16 for
her country -- safe hands. The team is full of experience and one of
those is Rachel Yankey. Over the next couple of years, she can match
the achievements of Coltart, so even to be mentioned in the same
breath of her -- as her is an achievement. There is Roger
Reijners, the Dutch coach. We were hearing before the game he is
trying to encourage a more expansive style from his team after
what was a very defensive performance in the last European
Championships, when ultimately they lost out to England in the semi-
here with the point here, if they can leave with their five-point
lead still intact. I guess so, but they will think that if they get
any encouragement from England whatsoever, they will go for the
three points because they will then have qualified for the
championships. So it is important for him that the to start well and
Hope will have stressed that in the team talk -- it is important for
England to start well. Hope Powell in charge of arguably an even
bigger job this summer when Great Britain take part in the Olympics,
which it will also be able to training last night that it is a
very decent playing surface. This stadium has only been open eight
months or so but it took an awful lot of rain in the build-up to this
game, but it still plays extremely three and they are clearly looking
to exploit that from the off. England have done their homework, I
know they have been looking at their front three and seen how
quick they are and the winner of this game, if there is to be a
winner, will be the people who exploit the space behind the full-
backs. Rachel Brown with problems and thankfully, from an England
point of view, the moves come to an end. England are the home team and
the expectation is on them, but they are making wrong decisions,
and I think Rachel Brown wanted to go that here. It is passed out to
Steph Houghton and she doesn't naturally take it on her left foot
and I think the connoisseur's of football like to see balance in the
team. Steph Houghton is a good player but it is good to see her
left-back naturally take it on the Late post -- left side. Rachel
Unitt is the usual left back, she won her 100 cap against Croatia,
but she is not the quickest and that is clearly something Hope
Powell had in mind before the game. The movement of the strikers is
important for the Dutch, and the movement of the right hand side
striker. She comes in on the inside and Steph Houghton is right footed,
Brown does just enough again. think when you are scoring goals
and you are confident, you will have a go from anywhere. Rachel
Brown has not started with the most confidence, it just bounced in
front of her. She is such an experienced player, she must be
nervous when she is not number one. And she will be wanting to prove
the point, but she needs to get a in this group. They are away to
Slovenia on Thursday. Then they play the weakest side in the
section, Croatia, in September, so if they can win today, you would
think they would be capable of picking up the six points to win
the group. Carney with a decent effort, just too high. The two is a
corner as well, a little Nick off and has to go, and it is worth it.
That will settle the team down as well. Karen Carney scored a very
important goal for Birmingham recently in a Cup final win against
Chelsea. She often pops up with important ones for England as well.
That dramatic opening to Euro 2005, when she scored the winning goal in
deal with it. And space for Williams with the header, but she
was never really able to get too much power behind it. That is
better from England, it was an excellent ball in, in fact two
excellent balls in from Yankey. Rachel Williams just a bit too far
switch places and it is very difficult for the Dutch to pick
them up. It was 0-0 when these two sides met in November on the
plastic pitch, but England will feel they should have won that game.
Fara Williams missed a penalty he was probably very unlucky to not
get sent off in the game for conceding the penalty that Fara
grip on midfield. Yes, the three in midfield are on top at the moment.
Anouk Hoogendijk is looking after Karen Carney, looking to play
adds a bit of pressure to the girls. England are currently five points
behind the Dutch, but they do have that game in hand. I think it is
safe to say that if they can beat the Dutch, you wouldn't expect them
to lose in the last two, and it really is that key, this game.
Dutch finish their campaign on Wednesday against Serbia, a team
they beat six nil right at the start of qualifying. They could sit
down and waited three months to see if they finish a Boeing lunch.
There are definitely -- if they finish above England. It we don't
want to be at the highest run up, we don't want to get that far, we
want to be better than that. -- enough for England. I think when
you are a bit nervous like that, you don't play the right weight and
it, and you see the Dutch are getting their full-backs on the
World Cup for England 12 months ago plan very quickly, it is to get the
ball forward, but there hasn't been the necessary quality so far.
sure it will come, getting the ball quickly to the three forwards,
getting the full-backs supported -- Carney was felled, the two Number
tens come together. Heuver on Carney and this is a very good
opportunity. Whoever got to it first, the other would album, and
Heuver was not happy about that. -- other would foul them. It is a very
poor set piece from England. In this sort of game, those kinds of
opportunities cannot be wasted like that. Karen Carney scored a goal
like that in the FA Cup final, she am not too sure Rachel Brown
appreciate that passes like that after what happened earlier on.
definitely didn't want that but she Lincoln ladies since an injury at
the start of the season. I think Hope Powell sees her as a long-term
project, along with Steph Houghton who's moving forward now. Yankey.
Scott was the target, but the pass was overhit. Looked for wide
players for number 9. At that point it was Jill Scott. Forcing the
passing when it wasn't needed. They are all internationals with lots of
experience here. They are looking to calm down and Hope Powell will
be wanting them to calm down and stick to the game plan. Plenty of
orange shirts in support. One coming from the back there was
Claudia van den Heiligenberg. made sure she cleared the ball.
does just enough and it's cleared away by Bradley. England will be
mindful of the Dutch's goal-scoring record. They've scored 16 goals in
qualifying so far and conceded only one.
So if they fall behind in this game, Hope Powell's side, they'll find it
very, very difficult to respond. A throw-in. The Dutch are obviously
full of confidence coming into this game. You can see that already.
They've not had that many opportunities, but they have
players who look like they can score. They're in the afraid to
have efforts on goal as well. They knead to be mindful of that. They
are a new force in European women's football. Never qualified for a
World Cup. Until they got to the semi-finals on the 2009 Euros,
they'd never qualified for a major, but they've shown already in
qualifying that they could be a team to watch over the coming years.
They're coming forward now. Pieete attacking Scott. Aluko doing her
defensive duties. And doing them the Dutch half. Carney. Koster used
all her experience there to bring the ball away. There were a number
of centurions in terms of caps in edge of her technical area barking
out the instructions. She only wishes she was playing I think.
That's probably why. She probably could as well, that's the thing.
Houghton. All the way back towards Brown. It was a very attritional
game in Zwolle back in November. At the moment, Lucy, it's shaping up
to be something similar? There's a lot of stake at international level.
Nobody wants to be a mistake and nobody wants to be the reason why
they concede. The first part of the games will be like that. The Dutch
don't have that much to lose. If they get the point or the three
points, they're well on their way to avoid the play-offs. Scott
working hard in the opening stages. Jill Scott can't pick up the loose
confidence on the ball. You can see they've got the sort of experience
and mindset that all decent Dutch teams have, although if you maybe
look at the men's team in Ukraine at the moment, you'd think
something different. Yankey tries to keep the ball in play but can't
do so. It's been a game of what ifs for both teams so far. If they can
get an idea of how the Dutch are playing there, England have to
exploit the space. At the moment, they are not connecting with each
other very well. They'll want to improve that. Carney working hard,
at the expense of a corner. Steph just got her leg out. Conceded
another corner, putting themselves under pressure. Good defending.
think it's significant that Houghton made that challenge with
her right foot. That poor girl. That's it, you go with your left
and put it out for a throw-in perhaps. The shot bank in, play-off
target. Wasn't worth talking about, but she's got better than that in
that he played against Everton in the cup winners' cup when Everton
went all the way to win a tournament then. Even though that
game was 30 years ago, he had a really good recall of Andy Gray's
hat trick. You said he bored you with that and you wanted to know
about more things. Yes, I was keen to learn about today's line-up.
England not helping themselves in key areas at the moment. Williams
is usually better than that. They'll look to her to get on the
ball. They'll look for things to come from her in midfield. The key
to point out there that she's been playing centre half all season for
Everton. And then coming into an international game into favoured
position, centre midfield, it can be a little difficult. She's got to
settle in as well. Koster. Good anticipation from Carney. Scott
charging forward on the overlap again, but Aluko doesn't use her.
The quality of ball in that final may capitalise. But she's helped
out by her captain. Strong defensive play from Houghton again.
The Dutch have more invention in the final third at the moment. You
can see the tension all the way through the English side. Van den
Berg. Heuver switches the play well. Martens steps away from Houghton
and Yankey. Spitse. The Dutch here giving England a chasing at the
moment. Bito's ball in. Melis was the target but Stoney stood firm
again. Confident one-touch football by the Dutch. They could get there
with the final ball but they always find themselves in space. The goal
keeper is far out of her goal and the play comes from her. I think we
could hear the Strang lated cry from Hope Powell, saying something
along the lines of, midfield get a grip and Williams is trying to do
that. Good ball to find Aluko. Scott. A lack of quality in the
final third again. Both these systems the Dutch play - watch this
first - it's a great ball to Aluko but the quality's got to be better
in the box. To be fair to Scott, the quality usually is better and
she'll be annoyed with herself. The two systems they are playing,
you've got to be disciplined. These two in midfield, Williams and Scott,
they have to be disciplined and can't wander out from their
positions. Bito. Can't find martens. Stoney mops up for England. The
Dutch very quickly have it back. Martens again. This could be a real
problem for Houghton as Martens was allowed to step inside. England
will be grateful there that Heuver had a loose first touch. The Dutch
had a promising position. Any game plan for either of the teams, the
initial part, you have to wrestle the initiative away from the other
team. Until that happens, these two midfielders, rather than race
forward, which is what she's good at, sit for a while and get a grip
of this game. England are outnumbered in midfield and at the
moment it's showing. Really they shouldn't be because they play a
similar system so the Dutch are a little better at it at the moment.
Salford City Stadium on Father's asleep there, somebody needs to
have a word. Let's hope something wakes her up soon. Aluko is the
outlet, but wasn't watching the done well there to find her.
Williams does well to play it back towards Brown. There's lots of
number 1 dads here in Salford today. Every dad's a number 1 dad, you
Williams can lead a break now. Aluko. Driven wide by the first
touch and in the end, a decent save but maybe Aluko could have done
better. Williams had two excellent runs there, the one from Scott and
the one to Aluko. The keeper did well. More promising for England
there. Melis barged in the back there by Bradley. You could
probably get away with that in the WSL but not at international level,
particularly with the international referees, a bit of a nudge. She
didn't even make the most of it either but it's a dangerous
position for the Dutch. Spitse is over this free kick. What height
there is in the Dutch team is now end, Brown was caught late at the
far post by van den Berg. It's the Dutch player who seems to have come
off worst. It wasn't the best ball. She was
going to try and challenge Brown but come off worse in the challenge.
been a real feature or England's play so far and Carney believes she
was caught late down this near side but doesn't win a free kick.
She probably was. Good work down that right hand side and Scott just
pushing there back because she wants to play further forward but
she's got the initiative a little bit, Alex Scott. Has gone a bit
scrappy in the past five minutes or to make that extra pass somewhere
just to create the space upfront because at the moment they are
forcing it. They've worked on it because I can hear Hope Powell
saying, there it is and play it forward. Williams is a rather
isolated figure at the moment as the lone striker. That's what
happens in this system. If you are the lone striker and don't have the
support, opposed to that, the Dutch do have the support, the number 9
has the support. Need to get close to Rachel Williams because it's a
but she is having to speed up scraps. He is not even watching.
save by Rachel Brown. Yes, a great save, but it could see there, the
speed, she just went past everybody. It was a give and go and she got to
it ahead of Greece -- Casey Stoney. It was a good strike. In a tight
game like this, there is the danger for England. It just needed to be
in either corner, good for England that it wasn't. Koster with the
shot! She will be disappointed that she didn't find the target. She had
a lot of room, nobody was closing her down. The ball seemed to take
an age to arrive to have. They needed to get closer to her, but a
centre half's strike. Daphne Koster playing for their country for the
121st time today. She is one of the number on both sides who have had
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are defending very well. -- To be fair. The back four are being
screened by a number six, and it had been dyed, and they are
defending the England attacks well. -- Anouk Hoogendijk. Aside from the
shot from Aluko, which was a routine save it for Loes Geurts,
not too much from England. There has been some bright moments,
Carney and Aluko look like they corner. She was just looking around
then she didn't have any options, but she has got her team a corner.
But she had two defenders on her, the Dutch are defending like they
want to get to the Championship. Yankey has come across to take the
the Dutch goalkeeper. That Steph Houghton. But the corner doesn't
beat the first player. They got wise to it from the last one, you
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need an England player in front of be a constant threat to England.
is, England need to remain a more with the first half an hour or so.
The Dutch have stuck to their game plan and I think they will consider
themselves unlucky that they have not gone a goal ahead, because they
are quite dominant at the moment. That is one way to watch the game,
I suppose. On their way to Barton airport next door. They haven't
to an orange shirt. -- every loose number of things to say in the
half-time dressing room. She well. What she has asked them to do it
not working as well as she thought, and the Dutch looked dangerous on
the break, but having said that, England are going forward, if they
can get that final ball with a little more quality, they can do to
create better opportunities and we have players who can score goals.
That was Rachel Unitt we could see in the background. I hope she plays
that pays more attention when she is on the pitch! Getting herself
psyched up. And not for the first time, Heuver has a shot that does
match played at the Salford City Stadium, now home to the Salford
Reds Super League club. They will also be playing rugby union here
next year, the Sale Sharks are moving from Stockport's Bletchley
Park. It is a great little stadium, they say it is a good surface, it
is the type of surface that the Dutch like playing on. It is not
always the case. Super League is a summer sport but the pitch has been
helped by the fact that we haven't seen too much summer so far. Summer,
son and she is a busy little player, Heuver, she managed to get herself
Dutch to build. She is in for the experienced Kirsten van de Ven, who
all she can do is find a throw-in. That really epitomises England's
attacking players so far. She was frustrated about the lack of
options, but part of that was the way the Dutch defended. The full-
backs stayed tight with her. Alex Scott caught offside. Hope Powell
just looked down at her feet when that happened, she doesn't expect
endeavour from the England side but the quality has been lacking.
this group are going to work hard and they will hope that it will
start to fall for them, and ensure it well, but if we were better
technically, we could go on and win against England three years ago.
That was a Dutch team known for its blanket defence, but there is a bit
more about them today. You tend to forget that they will have worked
up to this game knowing that the three points will get them
qualified, and I think that is why they have come and thought, let's
go for it. They have played with doesn't find Rachel Williams.
can see from the England's men's game the other night, a ball from
that position into the centre forward can result in an
opportunity. Rachel Williams just need the ball in the right place.
She was overlooked for the World Cup squad last year but then went
on to score 14 goals in as many games for Birmingham, so she is one
of the form players in the Super League. It is the most difficult
thing to do on the football pitch, score goals, and that is what she
does. She will want to start doing it at international level, she has
the eye for goal, she has the strength. Hope Powell called her a
little different. Karen Carney should get it into the area where
helped into the arms of the goalkeeper. England did try
something a bit different, but Fara Williams's first touch it let her
down. That is extremely unusual, it doesn't often happen with Fara, but
it was something different, and Fara is well capable of striking
has got lots of energy, she is extremely quick and the interchange
with that for and four, they need to get a bit more of a grip on the
She has only had one sight of goal so far, and that is the most
difficult thing that Rachel Brown like glue. Stead for 10 has pulled
up on the right hand side, have hamstring. -- Steph Houghton has
pulled up. So Rachel Unitt might be in the action sooner than she
anticipated. She is trying to run it off out of your picture at the
good challenge from Alex Scott. England have the free kick
eventually. Good defending by Alex Scott. Relieve the pressure there a
little bit. Houghton looks like she's moving freely there, but she
definitely grabbed I think it was her right hamstring. She did pull
up very, very quickly. Seems to be moving a bit freer now.
Bradley. Aluko looking to make a nuisance of herself. Martens.
Getting the ball away to Carney. No-one waiting in a white shirt in
the Holland box at the moment. As a result, Alex Scott didn't deliver
the ball in, but strong play from Bradley. Aluko. Takes the wrong
option again. England take the wrong option again and it's through
towards the keeper. I think she thought Yankey was going to make
the run and it might have ended up looking like a good ball when it
wasn't. She's never shord of a word, Eniola Aluko, at the best of times
-- short. She's very clever. The girls call her dizzy but she's
extremely clever. I think she's a trainee lawyer, something like that,
but incredibly dizzy. Here she is again. Alex Scott.
They've been a bit loose in the central area. Martens. Looking to
exploit the pace of Melis. Waits for the support. Hoogendijk. Carney
does well. The free kick given to England. Might have been a free
kick for the nutmeg, it was quality. It's wasted anyway.
And that is it. No added time at the end of the first half. Hope
Powell trying to get her side into the dressing room very quickly. The
best chance in the game was for Melis, a fine save from Rachel
Brown. It was 0-0 in November and so far here in Salford, it remains
goalless. We said before the game that it was
going to be pretty tight and it was very tight. The Dutch had the best
of the first half though. Sue Smith is with me. England winger. What
did you make of it? It was a really tight game. We predicted it before
it started and Holland have done exactly what we thought they were
going to do, they've sat back, let England have it nice and easy and
as soon as England have gone forward they've made it difficult,
doubling up. We need to get Fara on the wall and Carney. We seem to be
a little nervous and it's the whole must-win pressure and Holland are
just relaxed enjoying the football and playing nice football. We need
to relax. We need a goal to bring our confidence back in and start
playing. You can feel the tension around the stadium here and you
could see it out there on the pitch. The England goalkeeper Rachel Brown
had far more to do than her opposite number. We picked out
Melis before the game, a fantastic international goal-scoring record
and this stung the hands of Rachel Brown? Without a doubt. It showed
her pace. She's probably got five yards on Casey there but she's so
fast and it was a good, good save from Rachel Brown, she had to be on
her toes for that. But she showed a threat all the way through the game.
And from the resulting corner another chance? To be honest, she
probably could have done better. I'm not too sure who's marking her,
she seemed to pull off and it was quite a nice, you know you could
see what she was trying to do, but I think Rach Williams narrowed the
angle a bit so she did well there. A few yards in front of us and we
were racing to get to the ball faster than some of the England
players. More on the first half in a moment. Time to turn our
attention to matters in Poland and Ukraine and after the dramatic
events of Friday night which we've just recovered from, now England
welcome back Wayne Rooney after his two-match suspension and the big
man is back and has been speaking to Gabby Logan.
What has it been like watching from the stands? We have seen you
getting animated and involved. Frustrating? Not frustrating. I
think it's more difficult than playing because when you're playing
you always feel you can change the game or you can do something to put
it right if it's not going right. When you are sat in the stands,
there's nothing you can do, you've got no control whatsoever so you
are basically a fan for the game and obviously I understand a bit
more now why the fans say it's so difficult to go and watch. Sven
Goran Eriksson said don't kill Rooney, he wanted you to be able to
flourish. That pressure's almost like the team has to exist until
you return? To be honest, I don't listen to it, I don't read nothing
about it, I don't really feel pressured that I've got to win the
tournament for England. It's not one player, as you see with all the
best players around the world. It's not just them who's going to win
the tournament, it's the whole team. Theo Walcott said it would be 23
men who won the tournament, not 11. He also used the word family. Does
it feel like very quickly this could be the players have bonded
under Roy Hodgson? Yes, it feels more like a club team now, rather
than an international team. Everyone gets on and there's a lot
of trust. Do I read into that that there are no Clicks, everybody's in
it together? Yes, you don't have to go to the hotel to see the lads,
you've got City players playing snooker with United players,
Chelsea players playing with Liverpool, everyone's mixing, it's
the most comfortable the team have been in the round and off the pitch
since I've been in the squad. It's great to have a full English set-up
again. The communication makes a big difference? Yes, that's made it
a lot easier and everyone a lot more settled.
We'll have the best of the action from England's crucial match
against Ukraine on Tuesday. Before that though, there's plenty of
unfinished business to mop up. Group B reaches conclusion this
night with Croatia v Spain. Also back with us yourbgs deserted us
for a few minutes there. You have got a very nice presentation. Tell
us what you have been presented with? Went down on the pitch and
Sue presented me with some flowers and a picture of my 90 caps
basically, so it's obviously a nice gesture, rounds off my career quite
nicely. A bit emotional. I couldn't hear what they were saying on the
tannoy, I'm pleased I didn't otherwise you might get me choked
up. England's defending, what did you make of it? We looked cagey,
the Dutch controlled the game better. We struggled to find our
forwards. The Dutch got through with Melis. She had a good chance
and Rachel's saved that and kept the scores level. Overall, Hope
will need a lot more urgency in the players to move the ball quicker
because they are allowing us to play it at the back and making it
hard for us to play the balls through. They are playing it out
wide, but they are not breaking the lines of the Dutch. I think also we
need a few more Carney-type players on the ball. Fara's not seen a lot
of the ball either and she can spray it. We are looking for long
balls over the top of the Dutch, rather than playing it through.
Eniola's trying but she can't find the feet. A bit more upfront needed
as well. Plenty of dads and daughters in the crowd here on
Father's Day. For an England centurion, that relationship's
helped yield some impressive results in her football career.
realised when she was 12 that she could probably make a career of
being an international footballer. They've supported me all my life,
travelled absolutely everywhere, every home game they'll watch us.
think what might have held her back, she was very tiny, four foot
nothing. My worst critic, honestly. He encouraged me, when I did well
he praised me, on the other hand if I had a bad game I would know about
it. That's probably why I'm where I'm at today, to be honest. We sent
her to the girls' team when she was 11, then Bentley Community. When
she moved to Everton, we had to drive up two, three times a week
the train which was never a problem. Had to lose a few hours from work.
Petrol money! There's more important things than work. We have
been abroad. Went to Norway, France, China. Germany. We have done a few
little away games, but having two daughters, we have to find a
balance somewhere. I always look out for him during the warm-up.
It's great that they support me how they do. This is where Rach learned
to kick a ball for the first time with the lads. She was about seven
or eight I presume when you used to play with the lads. If this hadn't
have been here, I might not be here today. Along with my dad who I used
to come on the field with and play football with, the lads in the
street, I think this is probably another reason why I chose football.
I first realised probably when I was maybe 15, 16, which is quite
late on. I was at Wolves ladies at the time and had a trial for
England under 18s. I think that's when it all started for me. Before
that, it was total enjoyment. love to represent your country at
anything, but to be an England international with 100 caps is
phenomenal at any level. When I joined England under 1s, when I
kind of took it more seriously then. That's when I wanted to play for
the seniors. I wanted to win silverware and play World Cups and
European Championships. -- under 18s.
Rachel Unitts and her father Terry there. I've seen Terry around the
place and plenty of parents, brothers, sisters, all over the
world, including the China World Cup in 2007. How important is it to
you all as players to have that kind of support network? Without a
doubt. My mum and dad have support med all the way through and it
helps. It's so nice to have them. My mum's here today so it's lovely
to have that support. I think any player will say that and we are
obviously grateful for them taxiing us round and things when we were
younger. It's really nice. Saw a glimpse of your mum earlier. Yes,
she was falling asleep someone said. I don't blame her after the first
half frankly, but it will get better! Faye, you are close to your
brother as well, he watches you at matches. How important is it to you
to have them around? My parents as well. They allowed me to get to the
sport by ferrying me to training and watching me. My brother is one
of my biggest fans, he came to China and my mum and dad did. The
families get into a real knit, staying in the same hotels. They
cause more trouble than the players. Your brother and family are all
Spurs fans and you play for Arsenal so they've done well to support you.
England are on the back foot for the first nervey half. They had a
couple of chances though? It was a bit nervous and we need our forward
players to get on to it here. The likes of Rachel Yankey who's played
the ball inside and Kaz Carney is a great technician. Looks over her
shoulder, sees the gap and looks up. That's not a bad shot. It's dipping
right at the end. I don't think there will be many times when she
gets that much space without being closed down. This was probably one
of the better chances. The touch takes her a bit weeder there for
Aluko. She's been one of the better players. Yes, she has. She's seen
more of it than it has on the left side. Steph has a lot of the ball
from the keeper. We need Rachel to come and find the ball, often like
Carney will do when she's playing. They can just interchange positions
somaybe Rachel on the right, Enn y on the right and put Holland's
defence on the back foot. Playing quicker on the back as well because
they are happy to sit back and let us play midfield. If the players at
the back get it, they have to be quicker, rather than let it be a
long ball. Fara Williams has been centre half. She's usually a
midfielder. Do you think that's affected her fitness levels? I do
and she was concerned and getting frustrated playing at centre half
for Everton. She's not getting on the ball as much as you would like.
Her opposite player is seeing a lot of the ball. She's linking up well
with Melis as well. So Fara needs to find some space, give it to her
and she can feed the other players. It might well be that she gets to
feed Ellen White because looks like she's coming on in the second half.
Had a back injury of late. What do you make of the change? I think
Ellen White's a great player, she can run in behind score goals and
she's very experienced. With Williams coming off, I think that's,
Rachel was isolated I felt and no fault of her own, and I wonder if
Ellen maybe will start coming in and spwr changing. There was a
couple of times when we were breaking and Rachel was running
straight, she needed to be more clever with her runs. No-one's
really got on the back shoulder of the defenders. Ellen works sohard
for the team, closing down, running across the line. Fitness-wise, we
hope she's OK but she's a fit young girl. I'm sure she'll work hard and
worry about feeling tired after the difference she can make in the
second half. Let's get back to Lucy painted at half-time but plenty of
festivities for the young fans that the Salford City Stadium, as the
Dutch to make their way out for the second half. As the ladies were
saying, a change for England and a significant one? Rachel Williams
seemed isolated up front but I do think the quality off the ball
forward and the runs that were made from the forwards were not good
enough, but Ellen White has proven she can score at this level and go
would suspect the reason she didn't start is because of the back injury
she has had, but Hope of this it feels she cannot go on and do 45
minutes. -- obviously feels. We saw her score a spectacular goal in the
World Cup 12 months ago against Japan. A no changes for the Dutch
at half-time of. And just to remind you, if the Dutch win this game,
they will have qualified for the European Championships for the game
to spare. Three points for England and matters will be firmly in their
own hands, with two games to play against a couple of the weaker
sides in the group. And that has been a problem for both teams, they
are both by far the best side so the group. Ellen White is on the
ball straight away. Up towards the edge of the penalty area, that is
the sort of endeavour we didn't see from the England front line in the
first half. She did well and she will have made the Dutch have a
little think. She closed it down, she got the ball and took her touch
a little far, but the Dutch will be thinking it is a different
in the opening minute or so of the second half than they showed for
much of the opening 45 minutes. Clever play by Jill Scott to let
the ball through her legs to Ellen White. The cross could have been a
bit better, two players in the box, but I am sure they will have had
some sort of telling off or a lot of stern instructions at half-time.
We were predictable in the first half and we need to be more fluid
than we had been. Aluko runs into their first attack since half-time.
It was a good ball but slightly over hit for Manon Melis in the end.
The Dutch are going to do similar to what they did in the first half,
because it was quite successful. They dominated the game and asked
questions of England. England are looking to maintain their run of 10
consecutive home wins stretching back a couple of years. Some very
formidable opponents in that run, including the United States and
Sweden, in the build-up to last Sweden, in the build-up to last
goal, but the flag is up for offside -- going for goal! What a
goal that would have been. definitely drifted, you could see
it as the ball was coming. It is one of the best goals she has never
scored. But what a strike. I don't think the Loes Geurts with the flag
was up. She definitely didn't, she went for it like it was a proper
shot. What a great technique, similar to the World Cup last year.
She was a bit further out of the World Cup but it was a similar
delivery. It was almost be inspired substitution for Hope Powell. -- to
some confidence. Why it is full of running. -- White. And all of a
sudden, the Dutch back four have two players. It just shows you, a
bit more quality going forward and you put that the opposition
defenders under pressure, and that England at the start of the second
Houghton seems to have picked -- shaken off the injury she picked up
may see her at the right of your picture in a moment as she trots
back towards position. I don't know whether she can Harrow ankle or
something down that right-hand side in the challenge. -- she turned her
ankle. She is heading towards the bench then this near side.
Considering the injury she has had, she is desperate for every single
mate and international football she can have. She broke her leg just
above her ankle, so she is well aware of challenges and if she goes
over Ahmed, but it looks as though she is getting back into her
start to the second half here. -- need to. Aluko doing her defensive
body in front, a little nudge on Ellen White, good defending. But
she is a willing runner and it was great movement, making sure she was
onside. She managed to get to it first, a little nudge but the
referee wasn't having any of it. That slight frame can sometimes
belied the power she brings to the game. The girls all laugh at her
six back, well, not laugh, obviously, but she is more athletic.
They are jealous, that his wife. -- be get the ball forward to Ellen
White and very, very quickly. second balls, the Dutch are still
picking them up in the middle. The England midfielder's are struggling
to get on the ball. But it is a much better start to the second
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opportunity, and that will be at might tire, due to a lack of first-
team football. Step out of having to come inside, she is
predominantly right-footed. -- right-footed player. She is capable
with her left foot but that won't give her any confidence to use it.
This is the goal, you can see Alan White just drifting offside, but
everything about it was sumptuous. Great technique, she watched the
ball all the way. Whether you are male or female, that is great
see Rachel Yankey on the ball a bit more off -- England will want to.
Just going at this full-backs and putting them under pressure, trying
to get a ball in. Plenty of White a little stretched as we approach
the hour mark. A little bit. It was a quick break, it was unlucky for
Alan White, she couldn't get away. It was Martens back their
defending, and from the Dutch. Of view, it is a good job -- back
wasn't too far away. It is an excellent opportunity for Aluko,
just wide. Like I said before, from the set piece, Jill Scott did read
it well to hook the ball around the corner and great vision -- really
well. More promise shown and the Dutch will be looking at it now and
feeling that England have the momentum. Aluko has been a
peripheral figure throughout this campaign but she is making her.
Here today. -- making her. Here support when she has moved forward
and again, she goes back. I do think she has been England's
brightest spark, though, she is full of invention. A good player.
And it looks like Anita Asante is about to come on for England. Just
going through the tactics. Either that or she is playing cap and
It is the hi-tech way of going through the tactics these days.
Maybe they are playing something, I am not sure. Anita Asante is a
experienced player, probably the most difficult centre half I have
played against in the women's Premier League, so she will fit in
the edge in height and are looking target and it's a teaser for the
keeper but that ball can drift over. Probably not the ball that Carney
meant, probably should have been more driven. Just over the keeper's
bar. Houghton was worrying whether she was going to have a challenge.
The Dutch had been careless at the start of the second half. England
have it back again. Far more zip about the play from Hope Powell's
whole back four have to be careful back foot since virtually the start
of the second half and need to maintain that intensity.
momentum of the game is shifting. It's important, we have seen from
the men's Euros that you have got to score when you're on top. The
Dutch haven't done that in the first half and let's see if England
can when they're on top. Aluko the target there. Houghton was
supporting the attack. Here is Fara Williams. Alex Scott. Koster with
the clearance. Williams appeals for handball. Hoogendijk goes down
clutching her face. This is a really good chance for England.
That's harsh. Probably a case of ball to hand, seeing as though the
ball was travelling at about 100mph. For England, this is a great
opportunity. Not sure Hoogendijk knows where she is at the moment.
Maybe it was a case of ball on to hand on to face there. Yes, I think
it just shocked her. She's had a free kick given against her.
England won't be complaining. Casey Stoney leading a committee over the
ball at the moment. Also some repairs for Jill Scott for England.
Ten yards away, referee, surely. The difference in this game could
be a set piece and that's how important situations like this are.
Yankey. Also Williams over the ball here for England. In such a tight
game, moments like this could be crucial. It's Williams. Into the
wall. Yankey. Still a poor clearing. Houghton tries to keep the move
going. Not for if first time, Koster clears for the Dutch.
England have not really made the most of their set pieces so far.
But I can see the idea Fara was expecting the wall to jump and was
going to curl it in low which is the right way to do it, she just
didn't get the connection she want and it hit the wall anyway.
England still waiting to make their wonder if it was Steph Houghton who
was the intended player to bring off but she's OK again now? Maybe
they are monitoring Steph. Well won by Fara Williams. Alex Scott in
support and here is Aluko. White can't fatten on to the ball.
Anywhere will do for the Dutch at the moment. -- can't fasten on to
the ball. Yankey. Carney has room to turn. Finds Williams. Into the
area for Houghton. Tries to go all the way but runs out of room. The
Dutch got lucky there. Good interchanging of passes and good
build-up for Yankey and Williams. Houghton's offside but she just
overran the ball. She's done extremely well, the Dutch centre
half Captain. Something for the English support to get excited
about. Hope Powell more animated at the start of the second half as
in the second half. I think they've realised that they have to make the
play here and make the game and that's what they're doing.
Absolutely. They've got to go for it. Hope if told the girls at half
time, if they can get the three points here, if everything goes to
plan, thairl get through to the Championships. It's key and
important. The nerves are gone now so they're just going for it.
think England thought the free kick went their way there but it was
Jill Scott's challenge on Melis. The ref did point as if it was
England's free kick but she's smiling, she always smiles, gives
bad decisions and smiles at the same time. Always helps. The Dutch
not helping themselves there though. Back towards the keeper. It shows
that you put defenders under pressure. They were defending well.
You can see the difference now. Spitse looking to lead a break away
for Holland. At the moment, England are first to every second ball.
Melis is on the break away. She showed far too much of that to
Bradley who could shepherd it back to Rachel Brown. Melis thought
she'd have the beating of Sophie Bradley. She kept up with her.
Brown scoops it up. Second opportunity for Jill Scott. Free
kick. A lot more to be concerned about for Roger Reijners in the
second half. Good vision from Carney. Alex Scott. Williams wins
the free kick. Koster not happy. Here is another free kick
foreEngland and it's about time they capitalised. A great cross.
Williams was trying to step over the ball and in the end she got...
Taken quickly and it's into the net and the referee has given the goal!
Rachel Yankey with the goal. Quick thinking and England have got the
goal they needed. Definitely quick thinking. The
England players were asked by theeveree do you want ten yards,
are you all right, and as soon as that happens you can have a go and
I've seen this happen in the cull final, you know, and the referee is
speaking to the attacking players. A great finish by Rachel Yankey.
She used her head and England have got the goal they were desperately
searching for. It's great for England. If I was a Dutch player, I
wouldn't be happy, but you have got to have somebody stood on the ball
and make sure it doesn't happen and have the ref push you away. A poor
goal to concede. A great free kick. It would have troubled Geurts had
it been in normal play, if you like. That's why Rachel Yankey's in the
side, that sort of experience and that sort of know-how. But the
Dutch looking for a quick response here. Hoogendijk inside the area.
Oh! England saved by the woodwork. And it's Yankey with the clearance.
Someone's switched this game on now! Great counter attacking from
the Dutch. It was nearly in then. Great reaction from Sophie Bradley
to clear it. Now need some luck in any qualification tournament. Maybe
England have had a slice of it there. Just need things to calm
down now. England need to maintain back into shape. See this again
from the Dutch. Great play out wide. Looked like that was a cross but
she skewed it a bit. Good reaction from Sophie Bradley. Two pieces of
luck. Bit of luck for the goal, bit of luck for the Holland attack
straight after. England looking to finish the game off now. Ellen
White. Alex Scott to her right. Scott's ball cleared by Koster.
Carney. Nicely done. Aluko. Carney must be off side. She knew it.
Aluko didn't and it's a free kick. Let's have another look at the goal.
There's hope Powell speaking to all that matters. For the majority
of the people in this stadium. Let's hope they can keep the lead
and maybe build on it. Bito. It's a reward for England. They've looked
far more like it in the second half, although there's a miskick from
Bradley. Heuver. Good challenge from Jill Scott.
1-0, I'm sure the Dutch will have plenty to say after the game.
Didn't seem to say much to the ref when the free kick went in. I think
they were in shock. As we all were. I think they want a win or at least
a draw. A change of tactics and personnel maybe. Marije Brummel who
we saw there about to come on for England are approaching the final
20 minutes with a precious lead. they can keep it then they've won
this game. The Dutch have not offered too much in the second half.
No. They did well. Two substitutions now. The two number
12s are coming on, Asante for England. And Brummel of Holland.
But here is the goal. Let's look again. Yankey clearly had one thing
on her mind. She said something to the referee. You can see her asking
the referee can I take it, can I take it. The whistle wasn't blown
clearly. I think you can ask the attacking team do you want ten
yards and a whistle and she didn't. She kept asking her so obviously
that's what Rachel Yankey had in mind. Clever thinking and it's got
England 1-0 up. The change has been made. Carney coming off and Asante
coming on, so clearly that is a defensive change and for the Dutch
as well, Brummel coming on to replace Heuver. Anita Asante, a bit
of steal in the midfield three. Karen Carney will count herself
unlucky because she's been a bright spark. Anita Asante's come on.
Another free kick for England. This time the Dutch have somebody on the
this far-out, but you never know. It has not been a good week for
Dutch football, men or women. Their men's team played Portugal tonight
in Euro 2012, with their hopes on deflected and in the end, the
referee has given a free kick to Holland. Anouk Hoogendijk with the
touch over the crossbar. Casey Stoney on the toe. She barges her
and the referee looked in favour of the Dutch team. Sylvinho Smit
coming on a for the Dutch. Definitely a straight swap --
Switch. It is like for like. England team were anticipating that
she would play in this game after watching the training session jet -
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bit deeper the closer we get to of the England team throughout the
game today. It is a question now of keeping their fit best for the
final 15 minutes. They will definitely be fit enough, it is
something they have mastered. second goal would make life a whole
right-footed and playing on the left, that his wife. Just not the
strike for through, curling it to the bottom corner would be better.
Brummel, who has just come on, is the player who is down for Holland.
She looks in some pain, I didn't see the challenge in the build-up
she makes her way off. Trying to challenge Aluko. I don't know if
she got eight stirred up on her foot, a bit painful with a thin but
stay where these days -- with the thin Bude stay where these days. --
win that, although it doesn't put them into the European
Championships, it would make them strong favourites to win this group.
Italy sealed their place yesterday and... Holland come forward. It is
a good ball in, a man on Mellor's with the header, and a brown hat to
scamper to make the save. -- Manon and it would have been in the
bottom corner, now dead, but couldn't generate the power from
Dutch have conceded in this qualifying campaign, but they will
also know that England have not conceded a goal since their opening
match, when they threw away a two- goal lead to draw in Serbia. So it
won't be easy for them to get back into this game. It was always going
to be tough between these two teams. It may come down to the results
against each other, you have got to beat the lesser teams. Automatic,
it may come down to one piece of quick thinking from Rachel Yankey -
- ultimately. Let's hope so, they have done enough to get this goal
in the second half, now it is about the way England have performed in
given. It has got to be a foul, surely. Sophie Bradley helps it
back towards Brown. The referee was unsighted, but she has to get help
Salford City Stadium, a different sort to the one we had in the first
of, because England now know they you could see Fara Williams working
away across the pitch after she won out, but it fell to Aluko. It was a
good strike but good defending second half, and she applauds the
ball, but the rest of the team can applaud her work ethic. She keeps
both centre halves busy and that is what she has done, she is physical
Martin to have gone down -- has gone down, but England have the
keeper, but after what she did earlier from the corner... Time is
just beginning to run out there for lot way. It makes you wonder if she
had gone down under the challenge, she would have got something.
can see Rachel Yankey asking the referee is she can take it. And she
did eventually. Clearly, the referee said yes, because the goal
stood. Rachel Yankey's 19th international goal in her 118 for
always tense to referee the big games, it's with an aunt involved -
- tense to. She made a big decision there. Her that is the way it goes.
The referee answers the questions of the attacking team and Rachel
Yankey of this the asked two or three times, to make sure she
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didn't wasted. And she didn't. -- enough to find Manon Melis.
back four of England seemed assured. In the at the end of the day,
England have to win this game and what other way they did, they will
be happy with it. I don't think they will be particularly happy
with the performance, but their lead, they will. It is all about
finding a way and that the moment, England are doing it. -- at the
their penultimate qualifier on Thursday, and then they play the
weakest side in the group, Croatia, in September, and we would hope
that would be the night they can clinch their place automatically at
the European Championships. One final throw of the dice short
before the Dutch. Stentler was just what England need. And van den
Berg is about to come off. The two centre halves for England, the play
has been in front of them in the second half and they have been able
at. A great crossfield ball from Steph Houghton. A finding a bit a
space and striking it. She has had a better second half, Rachel Yankey.
Van den Berg makes way for Stentler, who plays her football for Den Haag.
It is a straight swap. I think Koster is throwing herself up front,
the centre half captain. She was the target there for the long ball.
She has been sent forward as the find her goalkeeper, who just about
deals with it. A baptism of fire into the game there, but well dealt
herself about and occupy the centre halves and maybe shake the ball
loose for one of the quicker forwards who can score. And England
have played so much better in the second half, but they cannot take
places at the European finals, that was yesterday. England are moving
closer to going a long way towards the finals here. But that is a free
kick, Jill Scott with the challenge. They have just got to be careful
and defend this set piece well. Make sure they are the first to it.
Aluko is going to stand on the ball, wherever that is. Not taking any
chances after what happened with the goal. She is lining the wall up
and Fara Williams has stood on the waste. It is a waste, they were
overloaded on that side and in that only had three defenders. --
England only had. You have to be cleverer with you set pieces than
play-offs is that Scotland look as though they are going to finish
second in their group, which also includes Wales and the Republic of
Ireland. The French are clear favourites to qualify automatically,
and Scotland, with Kim little of Arsenal leading their attack, she
got a hat-trick yesterday, it will be 18 England will be keen to avoid
Just can't let down, that is the message. Yes, no need to take this
quick. Let Holland get back and get into shape. Only a couple of
bit lucky with Bito's clearance. England have Holland where they
want them. Deep inside their own half. Williams. Looking to win the
free kick, but Spitse comes away with the ball. Solid defensive
header from Stoney. Can't score from where that header ended up.
Koster look to make a nuisance of herself. Asante. Hoogendijk forward
towards Melis. She's done very little in the second half, apart
from watch long balls go forward and shoot wildly off target. And
very soon, all eyes will be on the fourth official. I think it would
have made her more quiet this half. They'll be happy with where she's
shooting from, a long way out. England edging closer and closer
here. There'll be three minutes of added time. White looking to finish
things off. But Stentler with the challenge. Asante only finds van
den Berg. Asante. Stoney does well. Captain on
Captain against Koster there. Anywhere will do from the Captain.
And that was at the second time of asking. Anita Asante's
introduction's calmed that field down. Has a bit of steel and
defends very, very well. She wins the ball back. Plays her club
football now in Gothenburg. As things stand, England could be
joining her in Sweden next summer. virtually kicking every ball at the
moment. She's got a microphone on her. It's all very close to her
flag's up for off side though. One minute to go. Had a good game,
Eniola Aluko. Worked hard, created opportunities for herself and
others and done really, really well. She came into this game with a real
point to prove after a disappointing World Cup. She has
worked extremely hard. She's a good player, very experienced. She's
played out in the States professionally and you have to be
top quality to do that. She's brought all that experience back in
here. Hoogendijk heads it forward for the Dutch. One last chance
maybe for them. Bito. Asante. Strong play. Assured play just when
it was needed. Aluko. And Asante getting it where it hurts again.
England now seconds away. Share ago joke with the referee. The referee
Come on, blow your whistle. Houghton throws long. Bito.
Williams gives the ball away. And one final chance for the Dutch. The
shot driven in by Spitse and Rachel Brown was right behind it. And
that's it. England have done what they had to do. A crucial victory,
Rachel Yankey with the only goal and it's a goal which will be
talked about for some time. But England here can celebrate the win
which has put them in poll position to win Group six andialify for the
European Championships. They've beaten Holland 1-0 -- Group Six and
qualify for the European Championships. Huge relief for Hope
Powell and the back room staff. All that mattered to England tonight
was that they won this match. The performance frankly wasn't
important because that is what it means, that victory means England
are now just two points behind the Dutch with two games remaining, the
Dutch have just one game remaining. So regardless of what happens to
the Netherlands on Wednesday when they play away in Serbia, England
know that if they beat Slovenia away on Thursday and then Croatia
in the live match on the BBC in September, then they will be top of
the group and they'll be at Euro 2013 in Sweden next year.
That's what it means. Rachel Brown all smiles. Steph had a great game
as well. Rachel Yankey, the girl who scored the all-important goal.
Everybody absolutely delighted and also I would suggest, relieved.
Absolutely vital victory. Now, Faye and Sue, phew, huge sigh of relief.
What was the difference in the second half? At the first, it was a
cagey game and England were not the better side. What was the
difference or who? Ellen come on and injected pace, scored a great
goal but was off side. You wouldn't think she's been out for over a
month. I think it was just more the midfield were getting on the ball.
Fara got hold of the ball more and was pushing forward. I think Hope's
gone in there and really told them that they need to perform otherwise
they are going to make hard work for themselvess to get to Sweden.
The midfield come into it so much more and started to dominate the
game and they've picked up the second half fighting and moving and
just basically picking up the ball a lot quicker and working harder
for each other to find the passes. I think for me, they just relaxed.
That's what we need to dop we seemed so under pressure in the
first half that we were forcing things, then the play makers made
things happen. I think Ellen White did fantastic, closed defenders
down and made things happen. She made them make mistakes and I think
that shot she did early on was fantastic. She's willing to work
hard and make intelligent runs. It just makes the defenders think
twice. She certainly lifted things. The one person that got the crowd
going was Rachel Yankey because her goal won it for England. A free
kick, a foul on Fara Williams and you can sigh the Captain
remonstrating with the referee, but already in Rachel Yankey's mind,
she's thinking, I want to take it. She had a word with the referee,
gets the nod and she's thinking, as soon as Elle listen White's out of
the way I'm going to take it. me this is clever, experience to
the utmost. That's all in her head and whether the fact that Kaz
Carney scored one in the final in her mind, but it was clever, she
spoke to the ref and you can see she touches the ref just before as
if to say, can I take this quickly. I think as well Karen tried it in
the first half, it didn't come off and Rachel's probably thought if I
ask the ref again she will allow us. Seeing the keeper on the post
lining the wall up is perfect. You need experienced players to grab
hold of the game and make something happen and she's done that. All
credit to her, she's joining us now. Karen Carney took one in the FA Cup
Final as well. Rachel Yankey is standing right next to me.
Congratulations. I'm trying to work out who's sweating more. Just about
you! Yes, sorry. Congratulations on the goal. Talk us through it,
because there was some controversy with the ref. I asked her probably
about three times and she just smiled at me, she was just looking
at me and I was like, is that a yes and she went like that, so I guess
that was the go-ahead. It was always in your mind straightaway if
you want to have a look tonne monitor, as soon as FAry Williams
is fouled you are thinking, what are you thinking? I thought, let me
have it because she hit the wall last time. -- Fara Williams. I was
asking her there, so I just thought about it. We tried it against
Chelsea and we didn't quite score so it's always on our minds now so
to get this one was great. The fact that Carney scored one in the Cup
Final, did that give you an incentive? No, I think she was
watching me. No, of course, it's something we want to practise at.
If you are off guard, you can get the advantage. What was it like for
you being out there tonight? Looked very tense in the first half. All
the talk before the game was about it being a must-win. Did you feel
the tension? It was a bit. We'd been working on defending this week
and not letting them break us down and then going out on attack and
getting goals but really making sure they don't score, so it's
positive for us to come here and we are happy with a 1-0 win so it's
good. In termss of the next two games in your mind purely two
victories, you are not going to worry too much about what the Dutch
do on Wednesday? No, no, no, we have to think about ourselves and
we have to win convincingly. The next games we'll be looking for
performances and to play a lot better than we did today. We found
it difficult to pass right. We got the win and three points now we
need three points in the next performance. Thank you so much.
You've done the job tonight! Faye and Sue, what do you think will be
in England's players' minds now ahead of the game on Thursday
night? Will they pay much attention to what the Dutch do? They're
fortunate that they played the night before so they'll know what
they've got to do, but irrespective of that, it's Slovenia away, not
nice to travel away to somewhere like that and then Croatia, but we
are by far the better team and should expect to get the three
points. You never know what's going to happen in the first game of the
campaign. We drew to Serbia then. I'm sure the team and Hope will
learn from that and they have said that in the programme earlier. They
won't take their foot off the pedal and change the team around too much.
Faye and Sue, thank you so much for this evening. Before we go, just
time to remind you of the next live football action on the BBC which
# To party Croatia v Spain and Ireland v Italy
tomorrow night on the BBC. Well, that's all from Salford tonight.
Live coverage of the match between England's women and their Dutch counterparts, with qualification for next summer's European Championship at stake. England trail the Dutch by five points going into this match, which will be staged at the Salford City Stadium, and will be desperate to close the gap.
The reverse fixture ended in a goalless draw, with Fara Williams' missed penalty proving costly for Hope Powell's side. English players are likely to make up the majority of the Great Britain squad Powell will select for the London Olympics. But with only 18 places up for grabs, competition will be fierce, so the English women will have an added incentive to impress against the Dutch.