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Hello from the very chilly Banks's
Stadium in Walsall for this match
between England and Bosnia. Mark
Sampson was still in charge when the
Lionesses began their qualifying
campaign that impressive six
tailwind win over Russia. A lot has
happened since then. -- 6-0 win.
Gets the girl! England are ahead.
Nikita Parris runs straight to the
manager, Mark Sampson. This is the
togetherness of the group and he is
Mark Sampson has been
sacked as manager of the England
women's football team. A great
opportunity for me and I am very
I had my meeting with
Martin Glenn and he effectively
suggested that if I wrote a
statement, a favourable statement
saying that the FA are not
institutionally racist, they would
think about releasing money. I felt
that was bordering on blackmail.
have to offer a full and reserve or
apology to Eniola Aluko.
I have had
no communication from my team-mates,
by the Chelsea girls. I should not
be sitting here saying that to you.
-- apart from the Chelsea girls.
much has happened since September,
you heard Eni Aluko saying she was
upset and has deterred from her
team-mates, a lot has gone on and
off the pitch, will any of that have
affected the preparation inside the
I think so, in the past but
the players are focused on the game
tonight, they have to put this to
bed, this is a massive game and they
have to pick up three points and the
main focus is the football and
Mo Marley is in
charge, obviously through the under
19 team she has a knowledge of the
players and the system, is she the
right one to lead them through these
Definitely, she has been
with everyone, all of these young
girls in the team, I played under Mo
and she is a manager that you want
to play for, she gives you the
confidence and belief and most of my
football education was under Mo, she
is a passionate about coaching and
she will be looking forward to
tonight, it is a big game.
expecting a sell-out crowd and we
can hear from Mo Marley.
this is a proud moment? The first
time you have been in charge of the
team for a competitive match.
brilliant. I have come through the
pathway with regard to female
coaches, transitioning from a
player, being able to do different
levels and all age groups and the
pinnacle is being with the
first-team and a World Cup Qualifier
and hopefully I can play a key role
getting the job done.
Wales are also
in World Cup qualification action,
you can watch that clash against
Kazakhstan on the Red Button and
online and Bosnia Herzegovina,
England met them in the build-up for
the qualification for Euro 2017 and
that was tough, they did not score a
hat of goals but tonight perhaps
Good evening. Go
with Mo. Even though the upheaval of
the summer still has its hook into
the setup, Eni Aluko claiming that
she has been ignored by her
team-mates. Fascinating to hear the
other England players and I believe
there will be other relations
tomorrow. There will be no winners
from this controversy and England
need to beat this Bosnia Herzegovina
side who were very difficult to beat
in the European qualifiers, digging
in very deep. Mahrez says questions
concerning her future are also
immaterial, now is the time to focus
on winning this one. -- Mali. And
winning on Tuesday against
Kazakhstan. This will be an awkward
night for England and they might
need to be very patient lovely,
enthusiastic crowd. They don't care
what has happened in the past, they
want to win.
And the focus has to be
on the game and getting those three
points, which is what the players
want, that is what they were
thinking. As we get ready for the
BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA ANTHEM PLAYS
Bosnia and Herzegovina, but stirring
# God save our gracious Queen!
# Long live our noble Queen!
# God save the Queen!
# Send her victorious.
# Happy and glorious.
# Long to reign over us.
# God save the Queen.
CHEERING AND APPLAUSE
Steph Houghton jiggles around and
gets prepared to lead her team of
Lionesses. This Bosnia and
Herzegovina side, Mo Marley is
likely to give the whole squad a
chance. The first cap for Carter.
Create a little bit of space in
behind with the likes of Jodie
Taylor. Also in tonight, Greenwood,
Christiansen, Kirby and Parris, who
scored early against... Seven of the
Bosnian team played against England
in their defeat in 40-15. One change
from the opening World Cup
Qualifier, another defender comes in
for the forward, Kadric. Look at
that line-up. Five of the team play
for the FSK side that have won 15
domestic titles in a row and that is
coached by the national manager.
Samira Huren, who was also a
midfielder for Bosnia and
Herzegovina. We were in the rain at
Ashton Gate that night and they made
it very difficult.
They will be the
same tonight, they will sit back and
make it very difficult for England,
they are very well organised and
physical and England at times did
get frustrated and that is something
they have to make sure they don't
get frustrated, they keep to the
tactics that I am sure Mo Marley
will have given them, and they have
They can unlock a very
stubborn defence. Unbeaten in 65
qualifying matches in European
championships but in the World
Championships, defeat against France
in the 2003 play-off, they kept 24
consecutive clean sheets in
qualifiers until Belgium scored
against them in the last Euro
qualifiers. The referee from Poland.
And Toni Duggan. And what form she
is in at the moment for Barcelona.
She is high on confidence and
enjoying her football and she needed
a change, a fresh start and
Barcelona have given her that and
that play on the ball is what she
wanted to do.
The dangerous player
for Bosnia and Herzegovina. She
scored the second goal, she took
that well. Driving it against
Kazakhstan. England will kick us off
and underwear, they have brought
Duggan on late in Bosnia in the away
game with about four minutes left.
She changed things dramatically
within 60 seconds, England and in
the game through Karen Carney. This
is an experienced England bench
today. An experienced squad. Karen
Carney is there but Jo Potter and
Scott and Taylor. And off we go. All
in white and kicking from left to
right in the first half. They look
for Parris. She breezes beyond her
marker. Looking for Kirby. Norms in
a deeper position. She will hold the
midfield and Kristiansen and Kirby
will make the runs from deeper
positions to link up with Dan
Carter. That is the plan for
England. What do you make of this
formation and the line-up?
saw those three central midfielders
I wondered who was going to hold
because you have three players who
like to drive and attack but Jordan
Nobbs is good in this position, she
has that vision.
Lovely ball over
the top, Kirby is behind, squares
it. They should get it away.
was great timing.
Seslija is operating on the
left-hand side. And the wing bank
against Kazakhstan is screening.
Ultra-defensive. Beggan placer
football in Sweden. And she has
fouled Kirby and this is a free kick
won by an England player looking to
score her 100th senior goal in 101
senior games for club and country.
Fran Kirby felt that push in her
back and she went down. And this is
where England can capitalise.
team is ranked over 60 places below
England in the world. But they are
resolute at the back. Kristiansen
did brilliantly with Man City. That
was a good claim by Hadzic, she was
terrific at Ashton Gate. She had a
She is very good and
commanding, she will collect things
like that. You have to make sure you
keep that away from the goalkeeper.
England have gone with 27 qualifiers
in all conditions since losing
against France. In the play-off. To
the -- 2002.
Houghton sitting very close to pinch
on in the European finals. She was
working in the Netherlands that
summer. Here is Christiansen. Bronze
plays in France at the moment for
Lyon. Scored a couple of goals for
Parris Saint-Germain. 100 caps for
her country, Houghton. Just grabbed
a way out of play. The reason she
has gone into night, Stokes will
play on Tuesday, is because of the
qualities she can get from the
Fantastic left foot
and she has been playing really well
for Liverpool this season.
called me last night and I thought
it was a wind-up, I thought it was
you! You sound identical. I had a
laugh about it and she said, no, Sue
comes from the posh end of the
That is so true!
Disappointing to see Kulis in a deep
position for Bosnia and Herzegovina,
playing on the left-hand side of
She was one of their best
players, tricky on the ball and
could make things happen but you can
see this is exactly what they were
set up to do.
England give Jordan
Nobbs space in the centre of
midfield and she could have a go at
the goal. She scored a terrific to
four Mo Marley's Young England side
in the underlying teens. Against
Sweden, all those years ago. Coming
short for the ball, Toni Duggan. On
sparkling form for Barcelona. She is
their top scorer in Champions League
football this season. Here is
Parris. Lovely return and Nikita
Parris is in behind. I don't think
that was a penalty.
But I think it
was very good player and great
movement from Nikita Parris, this is
what you have to do against a team
that will be stubborn and put
players behind the ball, move the
ball quickly. Great ball from
Christiansen and that was a good
The Connor Ball to
England and Christiansen picture
last six games from Man City, seven
goals in that time. -- played her
last six games.
Away by the centre forward, Nikolic.
In Germany, she is the best-known of
Away it goes again and they all get
behind the ball. That is a lovely
ball and Parris could not bring that
down. Long from the halfway line.
Thumbs up for the delivery from
This is a great
crossfield ball from Steph Houghton.
Nikita Parris looks dangerous, she
was caught in two minds. Shelley had
their first time or try to control
it? She could not quite do either.
-- should I hit it the first time.
Kirby. She was fouled, taken down.
Such a physical side, as soon as
England get the ball, but was
definitely a foul. Fran Kirby has a
change of pace to draw that foul.
Experienced as well. Only 20, plays
in Hungary but was ever present in
the European Championship qualifier.
Here is Greenwood. She might even
have a go at the goal here, she
scored a couple the season for
Liverpool. She has gone for the far
post. She hit the roof of the net!
Alex Greenwood, high on confidence
from her club football, she has
scored a couple of those. A little
bit too late, aiming for the far
They did learn about Kadric,
at Ashton Gate, she will punch the
They were following in very
quickly. At times was questionable.
Nikolic with delay. Parris. Taking
on Kulis on the outside. I was
disappointed that I did not stand
for the national anthem, we have to
explain that the commentary position
is right amongst the crowd. You
would need a crane to lift me out of
my seat! Not a pleasant thought if
you are eating your tea! I am
squeezed into a seat that is tied
even for you! And you are three foot
two. And a half!
Cleared away at the
She played left side centre-back
with three against Kazakhstan,
Lihovic. She is up there in attack
and this time the run... She has
also changed her hairstyle. She was
the one that had your type of hair.
Can you remember? She had a blonde
hint to her hair and I think she has
changed it for this game.
And happy birthday, Miss Smith.
Thank you. You will have to work out
how old she is!
Was Elvis number
one whenever you were born? Not that
error! Christiansen with the
There are one or two tickets left
for the Kazakhstan game at
Colchester on Tuesday, Nikita Parris
will not believe the decision went
that way anyway. Here is
Christiansen. Plans today to play a
crucial, pivotal game in the group
against Wales at home at St Mary's
on the 26th of April. Down at
Mo Marley definitely going with you.
She knew Jordan Nobbs all the way
from the under 15 level. Great ball
from the Arsenal player, looking for
Duggan. Nobbs revels in this role.
Greenwood. Takes the cross in.
Jordan Nobbs likes to get on the
ball, she is always an option in
that role, especially the way that
Bosnia Herzegovina are playing, she
has a time and space to pick the
She was captain of the under
15 is for England when she was 13
and captain of the Under 17 is when
she was 14, Jordan Nobbs. It is not
just the experience of coaching
these players at that level, they
also work together at Loughborough
and Mo Marley was the coach at
Loughborough. That is where she
knows a lot of these players. Lucy
Bronze skipping beyond the
challenge. Christiansen. Will she
win the race? No.
She has won eight titles in a row.
They are the dominant side in
Bosnian football. Already well
cleared. This season, nine points
clear. They played 11, 31 points, 70
goals, nothing conceded. There is a
player in this team with an even
better club record. I will come onto
her in a minute. She played football
in the eastern part of Europe in
women's games, at league level, way
behind the likes of England and
France and Germany and Sweden.
Bronze on the overlap. Maybe that is
why they are playing her, she has
the turn of pace to watch those runs
from Lucy Bronze?
I think so, as he
Bronze likes to play more like
forward at times and arrived back
and she sometimes England's best
Into the six yard area. In it comes.
Millie Bright has release editor
position in the side, 16 starts in
18 games. -- really cemented her
That is really the
centre-back pairing. She has done so
well to work her way into that team
and you always say that it is
difficult to stay there but with
performances, she has been
That is good run from
Kirby. Just nipping at over the top.
Lovely play from Toni Duggan. Just
gliding past players. Just as she
was about to pull the trigger, that
was a fantastic interception.
think she is better in that
position, deeper, running at
defenders. Here is Greenwood. Right
with the header.
What about Fran
Kirby? Another player similar to
Jordan Nobbs, she wants to get onto
the ball and make things happen,
such quick feet and a great turn of
pace and her decision-making, that
sets apart from other players. She
tends to make the right decision at
the right times.
Houghton. Given the captaincy by
Mark Sampson. Carter, Duggan coming
to the right side. There was too
much pace on the return. What do you
make of those remarks by Eni Aluko
during the week that the England
players have not given her enough
Are you surprised? I think
it is very difficult for the
players, the timing of the
announcement or the interview that
Eni Aluko did before and other
international fixture, you want to
be talking about football and the
players want to focus on the game
and this is something else for them
to talk about.
It is sad that Eni
Aluko feels that way. Terribly sad
situation all round. I know a lot of
you travel to watch England's
Lionesses. And I know how
disappointed a lot of you are. Mo
Marley, she says the door is open
for Eni Aluko to come back but it
would be enormously difficult for
her to walk back into the dressing
Some of the players have
possibly said that.
Houghton under pressure. The run
from Kulis into the box and that
might be a rare save but that was
saved decently by Siobhan
You have to be careful
not to overplay it because they have
pace when they go forward and they
will take shots from distance and
they will be looking for that
counterattack. Chamberlain is very
focused, she will make sure she
continues to do that throughout the
game because it is difficult as a
keeper when you have only had one
touch in 20 minutes.
Trying to work
out this Bosnia Herzegovina line-up
because it is not the one they
expected. The formation, I should
say. Personnel but not the
formation. She created the first
goal against Kazakhstan with that
lovely run across.
Greenwood. Towards Parris.
Yet to concede any goal. The number
three plays in Croatia. They have a
domestic league, they have played
eight, winning eight, but no away
goals. Duggan. Carter allowed to
turn. That is the plan, turn and
bring in other players. Kirby felt
she was fouled in the box by the
most experienced defender that
You can see that slight
touch on Fran Kirby. Been offered a
I don't think so. Played
both games against England in the
qualifiers, Sabic. They might be a
fitness issue a rancher. Finding it
tough to break through. Carter has
come short to the ball. She has got
the touch and that is in! And the
captain gets it!
Steph Houghton, 18
minutes gone! Brilliant from Dan
Carter, who made that, she got the
ball and she was trying to beat her
player, to wrong-foot the player but
Steph Houghton is so dangerous at
set pieces. Dan Carter, short
corner, have a go. You ever get the
penalty or you create an opportunity
He said she punches, the
goalkeeper, she will not catch. She
punches here, under pressure but
Steph Houghton was there to follow
up. In the last game they did not
have players in that situation.
Early on tonight, that is exactly
what Mo Marley wanted from Dan
Carter, get it played, turn, run and
create chances for the others. At
the other end, Millie Bright is
through! That was good goalkeeping.
Nikolic stays down. They may get the
court -- the ball out of play comic.
-- out of place here.
She is in pain.
That is a good ball
forward. That is a great ball
forward, the first touch. Bright
misjudges that but Siobhan
Chamberlain is so quick off the
line, she can see that Millie Bright
is beaten. And she comes out
quickly. You can see that it is just
maybe how she lands?
She scored six
in their last European qualifying
campaign in six games.
She's a decent club player in
Germany. They're eighth in the table
I think she does a good
job up there as well, but it's at a
difficult one as well when you're
that lone striker, yet she holds the
ball well, quite athletic, she'll
look to get in beyond, like she did
there. She will cause problems given
Really making them a
durable side. Coach of the national
side. She's played for a team and
her country. She is chair at her
club as well, she's a very
influential character in Bosnian
football. They know, England, they
can cause danger. Spahic.
Lovely bit of skill here. She's
trying to find just a little bit of
space. Some nutmeg is. They just
can't get past... That's what Bosnia
do very well, they double up. If you
pass one player, there's another
player coming in.
Now being picked
up on the edge of the box. In it
comes. She's made the run in there.
Game 14 Nikolic. Here is
Christiansen. Kirby. Lovely ball in.
Away by Spahic.
A poor ball by Bronze. Houghton
steadfast in the back for England.
Here's Greenwood. Kirby's first
loose ball. Joins Nobbs in support.
A small chip to Parris. I'd love to
see her have a go from that sort of
range, Jordan Nobbs. Here is Bronze.
Christiansen, lovely ball, slipped
inside her marker, pulls it back,
looking for Carter. Barnes has kept
it in. From the offside position,
that. Won't count. Already gone out
of play. -- Bronze has kept batting.
I don't know if it was out for a
corner, not sure. Good movement from
Lucy Bronze. Mickey to Parris in
Just out for a corner.
will take another.
Here comes Spahic, went to ground.
Kulis. Here is Jordan Nobbs. Such a
good player over the years for
Arsenal. Won so much there, Jordan
Nobbs. Houghton was a team-mate
there for awhile. Bright.
Christiansen in a good position,
couldn't get the shot away. Nor
could Duggan. A challenge on her.
Bronze. Carter. Strong in there.
Looped away in the end by Bosnia.
Bosnia-Herzegovina. Hit the bottom
of the post, I think. England close
to a second.
Thought that was just
going to sneak in by Toni Duggan.
Christiansen taking corners on both
Wright is in there. Offside flag
raised. Houghton coming on the far
England have got so many
threats now in the air. It's from a
different angle. Good delivery.
Brights trying to head it back for
Houghton. This was the Toni Duggan
chance. It took a deflection, didn't
Bottom of the post. She's a
footballer in the USA, Seslija. She
fled Bosnia in the war years. Went
to the USA. Cheap played for
Worcester Academy, at a great club
called Holycross now. Played in both
those games against England. You can
just see the Sue Smith Blanc tint,
can you see?
Definitely not! Mine is
much more curly.
Bay City rollers?
OK... We'll keep going. Here is
Duggan. Parris trying to work out
why Lucy Bronze is out there. Lucy
Bronze had a big smile on her face.
They are enjoying themselves out
there, England. Can Parris keep it
in? She can. Flashes, the cross.
Terrific recovery save! At times she
punches like a crazed middleweight,
but I tell you what, her reactions
They really are,
initially it is a mistake by the
goalkeeper. You have no idea what
she's trying to do but the fact you
can get up so quickly and just
recover... Because I thought that
was a goal from Fran Kirby. A good
reaction save. If you'd got anywhere
either side that would have been a
Played well, Kirby, taking up
good position. Spahic. The keeper
has blocked it again! She's having
another one of those nights.
Charmed life at Ashton Gate. Fortune
favours the brave that night. Again,
she's turning up the resistance to
England. Keeping them at bay. That
pass from Parris to strong from Lucy
I spoke to a few midweek
about this game. That was the first
thing they said, the keeper is
really good, isn't she? Looks like
she's having another of those games.
Yes, at times she punches when she
should catch them and vice versa.
Some of her saves absolutely superb.
Is she in real trouble here, I
wonder. The recovery saved her,
that's clear. 29 years of age now.
Played most of the European
qualifiers. Played both games
against England. Well, not sure what
their plan B would be to chase a 1-0
deficit. They are a much improved
side to when we saw them before and
watching the tapes of the game in
Bosnia-Herzegovina. Karen Carney's
goal won that day.
I'm impressed how
well-organised they are. I think
they look a lot fitter, whether it's
something they focused on, the
ability to be able to keep their
Only won seven out of 41
World Cup qualifiers. Having never
qualified for the finals of any
major tournament. The last game was
just over 20 years ago, 20 years ago
in September they played away at
Slovakia, an inauspicious opening,
they were down 11-0. Rainbow laces.
The England players. Making a
statement there as well, I think.
It's good to see. Half an hour
played. Very nearly.
Bronze. Is there a better right
forward in the world?
I don't think
there are many, JP, and I think
she's getting better and better.
Colchester on Tuesday for the
Kazakhstan game. Wales in
Bosnia-Herzegovina on Tuesday. Don't
forget Wales against England at
Saint Mary 's... I imagine tickets
are on sale for that now. Quite
composed. Comfortable when they get
the ball. Much more so than they
were a couple of years ago. That was
the tall figure of one of the SF K
players, Krso. A little bit of
experience away. Aged 17 she went to
Potsdam, a very strong club in the
German game. Historically.
Houghton looking for Carter. Now
Nobbs. Carter coming short. Duggan
made the run in behind into the gap
vacated by Carter. Bronze.
Christiansen. Surely that should
have been a free kick. The referee
says, go on, England have it. In a
deeper position. Nobbs, Bronze, they
need to move the ball quickly
against such a packed defence.
It's made its way through to Parris.
Back again to Lucy Bronze. Back to
Kirby, having an excellent night,
cropping up all over the place. Out
again to Parris, who slipped. I'd
like to see it again but I don't
think... My first reaction if it
wasn't a penalty.
I think she slips
just as attacker had come in. What
England are doing well,
interchanging positions. One player
will go in, another will come
forward. The front three are moving.
They've got to do that to create
some sort of space. Fran Kirby
finding pockets of space in between.
This is a saw little one. Collision.
This is a penalty.
I don't think so.
Definitely not for me.
to pick a random number thou, the
number 38, and I'll multiply it by
two. Get that result. Multiply it by
three. And then divide by six. It
comes back to 38. The or you're not
supposed to ask a lady her age!
Where is the lady? You don't look a
day over 29.
You can throw
the compliment back, you know? Mo
Marley, you know her well, even
before she came to this position,
with work together over the years,
you've always said, she is special,
I played in the same team
as Mo at England, she looked after
me. I roomed with her for a good
number of years. So I know her from
that but I also know her through
when she was manager at Everton,
playing at Everton. It's the type of
person she is, players want to play
for her. Fantastic coach. Just a
real, honest character. They are the
type of managers you want to play
That you in a room, there can't
have been much quiet is to be
You would have subtitles
probably. Now, I would love her to
get the job. I think the girls said
that before the programme. Similar
sort of thing. I've not heard
anybody say a bad word about Mo
Played for Everton, managed
Everton. Is she an Evertonian?
They are going through a torrid
time, aren't they, at the moment?
Greenwood... A call from the
First in just over a year, I think.
Here she is... Nearly won back. In
towards Christiansen, a good ball
forward. Composure from Carter at
the end. Scott, the ball stuck under
She was trying to curl the
ball with the outside of her foot.
Good play from Christiansen, that's
what I like about her, she finds
those little bits of space and her
first touch is always forward.
Not quite a
capacity crowd here today because
they have to take certain seats out
for various reasons. Extra
broadcasters etc etc. They reckon
there will be just shy of 10,000
here. I believe it is a sell-out.
Can't see too many empty seats
around. Here is the captain once
again. Toni Duggan in great space on
the left hand side. Out to her...
Duggan. Put it down supremely well.
It is cleared away. She's such a
more mature player, more rounded
player. Simply from the benefit of
being in Barcelona for three or four
She's absolutely loving her
Brimful of confidence
isn't she? Really bursting with it.
Nobbs looks for Bronze in behind,
makes some good runs. Carter holds
it up. Here is Christiansen, good
challenge on her. Houghton coming
forward to join in. Bronze. Nobbs.
Parris onside. It's the far post.
Carter was coming in, slithering in.
But contact. It goes wide. That was
the chance to give England a second
What a ball from
Jordan Nobbs. Parris is onside. The
play on the far side keeping her on.
She does well, get the ball just
across goal exactly where you want
it. Carter is just... Don't know if
she gets a touch on the ball. If the
defender gets a touch. What a great
vision from Jordan Nobbs. Slightly
ahead of her.
Won women's Footballer
of the Year 2017, Jordan Nobbs. She
referred to her dad, Keith, we've
mentioned many times before. In
towards Duggan. A brilliant effort.
Brilliant effort. So close to
Great effort from Toni
Duggan. Just hit the side netting.
That's what she can do. One touch,
one turn. Hit it as she's moving.
When she's playing on the left-hand
side she'll cut in on her favoured
right foot. What Toni Duggan has
done well is she's kept the web,
it's so important for England. Both
sides keep the width, try to create
space in the middle for others.
She's one of the players who's come
through the ranks with Mo Marley. In
the under 20 World Cup 2008 she
played. Good combination again.
Greenwood and Duggan on the
left-hand side for England. It's
been a much more open game than the
previous encounter. At Ashton Gate.
Spahic thought she was fouled.
Greenwood... Cleared away... Much
better side than Russia,
Bosnia-Herzegovina. That was the
personification of optimism. Bronze.
Carter. Bronze. Christiansen.
Cleared away. Kirby... Spahic
blocked it. Christiansen. Now it is
milli bride's turn to come forward.
-- Bright. Lucy Bronze cracks
across. Can they shoot from there?
Took a little deflection.
to see more of that from Toni
Duggan, cutting on that left-hand
side on her favoured left foot.
she hit Spahic on the arm as she
tried to block it to get through to
the goalkeeper? Playing exactly as
Mo wanted them to. Christiansen,
Kirby or Duggan will get in behind.
The movement has been excellent.
They use the ball much better in
She wants to see what all
her squad players can do in her game
in charge. To think she will take
over do you think? Do you think she
really wants the job? Not just the
job of coach, it's so much more when
you are in the England position,
this political role to fulfil. The
media side of it all.
question, does she want it? The
players would want her to have it, I
think people who know Mo would like
to have it. You have to really that
job. Jordan Nobbs with a lovely ball
out wide. Bronze to the near post.
Who's been the other contenders for
you? There have been a lot of
candidates and people who want that
job. From the men's game. I think
Laura Harvey was a name mentioned.
She's a very good coach that has
coached in England, in America.
Depends if the FA want a female or
the best person for the job.
has to be yet, hasn't it, doesn't
Got to be. Expectancy in
this England team to achieve, having
reached third in the world.
Semifinalists in Holland in summer.
Then they ran out of steam. It's
somebody to take them to that next
level, isn't it, they progressed all
the way through. It's now just
inside into space. Maybe overplayed
there. One thing Mo has talked
about, playing through the third,
making more use of the ball. We saw
that with Mark Sampson's team to be
honest. Is she achieving that with
It's what they are
trying to do. It's so difficult
playing against a team who don't
want to get out of the half. If they
do they do it in ones and twos then
quickly get back and get organised.
I certainly think they're trying to
play to their game plan.
Christiansen. Nobbs. Carter. Duggan
coming in at the far post.
Seslija... Who has gone back to more
the position we thought she would
play. Right of the defensive 18.
They are a far better team than
Russia, far better.
They are more
organised than Russia, the fact they
came out and attacked England suited
them because it meant they could go
forward and exploit the space. Very
little space for them to night.
Lovely night for football. Little
bit chilly but... You've got your
thermals on its OK. Kirby... Away by
Aleksic. Four minutes of stoppage
time. Christiansen. She can take a
few more strides. Christiansen. You
need to get the ball wide.
They've doubled up well. Kirby.
Launched away by Radeljic. Greenwood
feeding Duggan, good 1-2. Kirby set
up, can she get the shot away?
wonder, good England have had a shot
there? Lovely 1-2 from Greenwood and
Duggan on the left-hand side, just
an opportunity to take that shot a
21 wins for England in
35 games since World Cup 15, they've
only lost seven of those matches,
lost twice at home in 29. She got
hurt, the goalkeeper, as she came
out. Took her eye off the ball.
think she did. I think the
goalkeeper coming out maybe put Toni
Duggan off slightly. She just had
her eye on the goalkeeper coming in.
Lovely delivery from Houghton, she's
done a few of those this half.
you are going out that far, you have
to take everything in front of you
and get there.
If you've made the
decision to go you have to get
something on it.
It is just that, the
decision-making that lets her down
About 90 seconds from the
half-time whistle. It's been a
difficult night for England. She's
made it difficult for them with the
way she is set her team out, Hurem.
A decent player at international
level, she was quite an adventure as
midfield player, playing 24 games
for her country. She is building a
team, as I said before, that is
fairly difficult to beat these days.
I think she knows that if she set
her team up to come out and attacked
England, we would have a field day,
so she has to do this. It's sensible
on her behalf.
Good ball, Greenwood.
Slightly too high maybe. Parris.
Good recovery. Perhaps
Bosnia-Herzegovina's best player,
A good touch. From Parris.
Just got in between... Kulis does
well, so tenacious.
She plays what
Potsdam second team, but a couple of
hat-trick for them. Not a first-team
player this season, has been in the
past. Christiansen with it. That
should roughly end the first half.
Your overall thoughts?
England will be relatively happy
they got that goal, they got the
opening. I know last time in the
European qualification campaign they
were panicking that they are you
know, time was going on and they
couldn't get that elusive goal.
They've got Matt now so they can
relax. I think just second half,
quick movement, get the ball out
A little bit scrappy with Duggan and
Greenwood over there. That was one
back strongly by Christiansen. Nobbs
had an excellent first half. That
was a poor challenge. Kirby.
Acrobatics by the goalkeeper again.
A thrilling first half.
Kirby has been the key for England,
once she gets the ball you think
something is going to happen. Great
dribbling skills and she always
looks for that shot if she can take
the opportunity quickly.
have their tenth corner of the
first-half. Greenwood will take it.
They have been totally dominant but
the scoreline does not reflect that.
Bronze arriving. It is another
corner and we play on.
has been good. She has, England have
gone for the in swinging corner on
Lucy Bronze was so
dangerous at the World Cup with set
pieces and has scarcely featured
since then. She is strong and
powerful and nearly underneath that
again. Parris is offside and that
surely will be it. The
whistle-blowers, England lead, from
Steph Houghton after the keeper
punched out. But they have gone
close and they are well in command.
They need a couple more goals, at
half-time they have to settle for
A very similar experience for
England to about 12 years ago at
Ashton Gate, they finished 1-0 and
Bosnia were frustrated, today there
is no shortage of endeavour from Mo
Marley's team. Perhaps unlocking
Bosnia earlier in the game, but
perhaps feeling more confident that
more goals will come?
is off and they have the goal but
England are facing a very well
organised side and we always knew
that. It was going to be hard to
break down but the pressure is off
some or in the second half, get the
ball wide, speed is important, keep
the ball moving and space will open
Alex said she felt the tactics
were wrong that day and it was about
taking the game to Bosnia and
opening the game up a little bit and
letting Bosnia move out of their own
half and you can see how difficult
that is. When they have no intention
of doing anything other than parking
Five and six at the back,
Fran Kirby is being man marked by
Spahic. Fran Kirby had a fantastic
first-half, she is effective. Nikita
Parris on the right-hand side has
been excellent, she just needs more
of an end product coming into the
edge of the box.
And Dan Carter has
worked really well and it was her
build-up play that was instrumental
in the captain getting that goal in
the first half on 19 minutes.
is what Dan Carter does so well, so
relaxed in tight spaces, skipping
past players and getting the ball
into the box and Steph Houghton
always popping up in the right
You felt they will be more
relaxed, they have not had to wait
long and then the best and only
chance Bosnia have had in the whole
match came almost within 60 seconds.
It happens in games like this, you
switch off or make a mistake and
Emily ball but Bosnia have will be
from an England mistake. Millie
Bright goes to ground, she is the
last defender and should stay on her
feet. It is always the way, when you
have so much of the ball as an
England player or in general, you
switch off sometimes because it is
A wake-up call. It is
about keeping the standard is high
in games like this. Yes, England are
third in the world, better on paper
but keep the standard is high and
keep the ball moving and move the
ball from side to side and wait for
the spaces to open up and penetrate.
Uninteresting amount of interchange
going on with players moving. This
is a feature of the side and
certainly in the wings, Toni Duggan
moving around quite a bit.
into that half. She did and if you
stay in one position you are easily
marked so if you interchange the
positions the player might come with
you or they might stay and you can
turn and struggle and a few times
Dan Carter has turned deep but she
has not been given the ball. But
Toni Duggan has been effective but
on the right-hand side, Parris has
been on form.
She has had some good
chances and she hit the post, we can
see that, and long-range answers as
well, she looks like she wants to
come back from Barcelona and prove
she is on this goal-scoring run for
her club that she wants to continue
with the national side.
So full of
confidence. She has always had the
potential and it is good we can see
her in the England shirt proving
that and she has these long-range
chances because she is confident in
her ability, to take players on and
pass the ball and make things
The Bosnian goalkeeper, we
should mention, they are very tight,
well drilled defensive unit. They
have behind them goalkeeper who is
fearless and plays one foot bigger
than her size!
She has been
phenomenal. Making says left, right
and centre and she is only quite a
small woman. In the right place. Her
position is good, very well hunched.
This should be a goal. The keeper
Very well placed.
Kirby takes one touch too many.
credit to the keeper. Look at how
many chances she is having and it is
over the bar. She has spent that
well. Maybe she should have caught
She plays safe. Five foot
seven but she is so diminutive in
stature, but she has an incredible
And your bravery, everything
England are throwing out, she is
coming up trumps and keeping them in
In Cardiff, the other
game, Wales and Kazakhstan, it is
currently goalless and England face
Kazakhstan on Tuesday and you can
see that live on BBC Two. One week
after the FA sacked Mark Sampson,
the FA announced to restructure at
the top of the women's football
period. Sue Smith has been finding
out about the impact this could have
on players and clubs.
Two months ago
I was previewing the new women's
Winter league and within days the FA
outlined another, different new
structure. From next season, clubs
who want to play at the top level of
the best in women's football will
have to meet this criteria. A
minimum of 16 contact hours per week
for players, and financial
investment by each club, financial
fair play regulations and an academy
We are giving the
same number of tears within the
pyramid but we are changing the
criteria and the minimum standards.
Currently WSL 1 and two, to make it
clearer about the environment the
players are working and training in.
The new master plan has been broadly
welcomed by the top two clubs in
It gives me an opportunity
to play the best players who are
playing every single day, they are
fitter and more physical and
understanding becomes better. It
develops my understanding of the
game and my physical shape and make
tactical ability, because I am
I came from Doncaster
part-time to Chelsea full-time and
to be on leaps and bounds. On and
off the pitch, learning as a
professional and becoming a top
athlete and it has put me in this
position, with the senior team, I
have been to the Euros and very
successful with the club.
be seen as a step forward for
women's elite teams, supported by
the vast financial backing of
Premier League clubs, for others
this is a more challenging move.
Yeovil Town within their first year
in WSL 1 and have submitted an
application to be members of the top
tier. Even with the support of a
crowdfunding campaign it could be
one stretch too far to afford this.
We believe we have earned our place
on merit and suddenly to have the
possibility of being told next year
you may not play at the top tier,
depending on how your licence
application goes, that is pretty
tough. I understand long-term what
is trying to be done, it is the
speed of it for not only Yeovil Town
but other smaller clubs that I find
particularly disheartening. We had
to make that application on a rather
more innovative basis because we
don't have the resources of the
other big clubs who have the parent
clubs behind them. The Manchester
Citys and Chelseas will increase
budgets every year as they sign
better players and we are seeing the
agents in the women's game and that
inevitably drives the matters up so
there will always be that gap.
biggest wake-up call of all was one
tier one side Notts County's on hold
the club on the FA Cup finalists
just two days before the Spring
Series was about to start.
in excess of 650000 and an income
stream including the FA funding of
only 150 so we had a -£500,000, it
was not financially viable or
affordable so it would have been
financial suicide to continue.
a player at Doncaster Rovers a few
years ago when were controversially
demoted from WSL 1 before we even
kicked a ball. The team that
replaced us, Man City, have taken
the sport onto the next level. But
for teams like Doncaster, the gap
seems to be getting bigger and
In five years it'll be even
bigger, there will be the European
Super League with Man City, Chelsea,
Wolfsburg, Lyon, PSG and that big
void that and WSL 1.
By making the
whole of the top tier full-time
professional, we will maintain and
improve the competitive balance we
have got. We believe this is the
right move and it is all part of the
wider game plan for growth and the
strategy for women's football,
international success, doubling the
fan base and club participation.
Many Premier League clubs including
Brighton & Hove Albion have
signalled their intention to be part
of the new setup next season. The FA
say they will announce the
successful bidders some time next
A very quick turnaround, especially
for the smaller teams, you can see
the ambition, for the FA this is all
about getting that championship on a
global level, European or the World
Cup and the pathway there has to be
with professional football every
week for the top players but a team
like Yeovil cannot possibly meet
I feel for everyone
involved at Yeovil, you understand
what they are going through, they
have done so much, lots of the staff
are volunteers, that community
feeling so what has come too quickly
for them to put something in place
to go forward for that licence. But
when you flip that, you want to move
women's football forward in the
country and the FA feels the time is
right. Going forward, there have
been too many changes with the
summer league going back to the
Winter league and this and the fans
are confused so going forward over
the next couple of years we need to
have balance and structure for
everyone in the country to know what
And it will stay like
that for some time. If it means that
the lead shrinks considerably
because of those financial
challenges that are going to be
there and the criteria to meet for
the clubs and it ends up being
almost teams that can afford it will
be attached to the big men's clubs,
is that a problem for you? Or if it
leads to national success and
trophies, is that the Right thing?
The big hitters like Arsenal and
Chelsea, they will be the forefront
of that, Liverpool and...
think... They are the main teams you
would suggest in terms of finances
that are very supported.
like to think other teams will
follow that pathway but for me, this
change is for England to perform and
win the World Cup. As Steph Houghton
said, when she plays against fully
professional players, it raises her
game and the technique of all of the
Alan Hardy talked about a
European Super League potentially
one day and you can see that maybe
is the way the sport will go. For
now, we are enjoying the English
presence in the Women's Champions
League. The quarterfinal draw was
made today. Chelsea at Montpelier
and Man City at home. If you look at
Petrov, for the semifinal, not an
unattractive line-up. Potentially an
all English final.
We would like
that to happen! We have played in
the Champions League final and it is
special but to have two English
teams against each other, we can
only keep our fingers crossed.
second half, Mo Marley does not have
some of the newer faces like Gabby
George on the bench. Very familiar
faces to the fans. Lots of
experience. Will she bring them on?
I am not sure. They are very
comfortable right now. There are
probably should be more than one
goal and I think these players have
enough experience within them to
score more goals. They might
solidify that. But I think England
have this in the bag. They just need
a couple more goals to keep the
Their fitness might
show. That will open spaces and we
might see more opportunities.
go back to our ever entertaining
commentary combination, Sue Smith
and Jonathan Pearce. You had some
time and a cup of tea to work out
some lines for Jonathan on that
grief he has been getting the about
I am trying!
I will give
you a line... Spahic is coming on.
She played 13 minutes against
Kazakhstan the other day. The first
qualifying game. In the World Cup.
She plays for the boomerang club.
Second and have no chance of winning
the league. No one else ever does
with Bosnia-Herzegovina. Kicking
from left to right. Trailing by that
goal but Steph Horton scored. --
Steph Houghton. They have put
themselves in a good position and
England could at least have doubled
the score line if not troubled it.
They will want to settle themselves
and give the crowd boost but it is
about being clinical in the final
third. At times they could have been
better with the ball. After 45
minutes you are checking me out
dancing on your birthday! That was a
decent ball! The first chance in the
second half and it is 2-0! Nikita
Parris, lovely cross, lovely header
and what a start for the second
That is exactly what England
will have wanted. Make sure that if
you get the opportunity, when Alex
Greenwood gets the ball... It was
actually Toni Duggan. Nikita Parris
made that run at the far post. What
a header that was. Make it difficult
for the goalkeeper. Toni Duggan,
swinging the ball in. You can see
that run from the shoulder, but was
poor defending. The goalkeeper, who
we praised, she was in the right
position. 42 seconds into the second
half and England doubled their lead,
a second goal of the campaign for
Nikita Parris. And that is her sixth
goal for England. When she scores,
there is unbridled joy ridden across
her face. Every goal-scorer
celebrates in their individual way.
But it is just pure happiness when
she scores! Pure happiness! Great to
She absolutely loves playing
football, you can see that I would
ever level, five-a-side or for her
club and country.
Here she comes
again. From Toxteth originally. In
the penalty area. Cleared away.
There are few Scousers on the pitch
Howdon, straight through.
That is a more reflective scoreline.
I believe we need to give
Bosnia-Herzegovina some credit.
Because you may not believe me,
people watching tonight, they are so
much more adventurous than they were
in the first two games against
England in the European qualifying
campaign. Bright. Chased down by
that substitute. She has scarcely
gone into a forward roll.
ambling around. She has clearly come
on to support Nikolic. She will try
to gamble and get forward. Such a
big gap in the midfield. The forward
One criticism I would have about the
first-half, when Toni Duggan came to
far across, she was bottling things
up and against that massive defence
you need the win that she had with
the second goal.
As long as you have
Alex Greenwood making that with...
On the far side. It is not much of a
problem, but she will naturally
drift infield being right footed.
Nobbs. Bronze is available,
Christiansen infield. This is
sensible stuff from England. The
edge of the penalty area. Perhaps
She will be disappointed with the
fact she left that at the near post.
Very interesting report about the
future make-up of the game. What are
your thoughts? It seems very tough
on the likes of Yeovil and teams
That is a problem, Yeovil
and Doncaster Belles, my old team,
the gap is getting bigger and
bigger. Those teams that are
struggling to keep up and the fact
that it is changing all the time,
the fans are getting frustrated. I
can see why the FA are doing this
but I just think it needs to be
settled at some point.
She went down in stages. That was a
great tackle from Nikita Parris. She
wins the ball well. There was
nothing in that at all.
She has gone for the near post.
Completely -- complete miskick. That
mistake has given a chance to cross
the halfway line. That was a lovely
switch of play. In comes across.
Around the corner she goes.
It took a while for England to work
this team right. Especially Begovic,
she was the right wingback against
Kazakhstan. And the number 14 has
been playing in a variety of places
but never right wing. The ball has
bypassed, the best player is playing
in a very strange position. Kulis.
And they are team that are
developing and as players, they are
developing and trying to get the
tactics and the know-how of how to
play certain positions because there
are times when they seem to be
chasing around. There doesn't seem
to be structure in their game.
is Kirby. Carter has been brought
down right on the edge of the
penalty area, but was a very
cumbersome challenge. Is that a
Just outside. She fell into
the area but that was just outside.
The right decision from the referee.
Again, they cannot cope with the
quick feet of Dan Carter and Nikita
Parris, Fran Kirby.
They are causing
all sorts of problems. We know the
goalkeeper is a good instinctive
shot stopper. She can move very
quickly and anything near her, but
when she has to make a decision, she
has been found wanting. As soon as
she has lined up this ball, slightly
to the right. The she not need that
while a little bit further left to
cover that? She will come off the
far post. She needs to come across a
little bit more. She is still
building the wall. She goes the
other way and scores! Well done!
Smiles all round. 3-0, England.
spotted this early on. The Wall seem
to be completely in the wrong
position, she was too busy
organising the wall. Steph Houghton
could see were the space was an
executed that so well.
I hate to be
nasty but I don't think the
goalkeeper had a clue what she was
doing, she did not cover the far
post well enough with the wall and
then she stepped back across so she
left the other side on garden. 3-0,
England, Steph Houghton has got two.
-- unguarded. That is just the
education and the coaching of the
Toni Duggan, she also
hit the post, don't forget. Parris
made it two after eight minutes at
the start of the second half.
Away by Spahic.
Quite a creative player and we have
seen very little of her. One of the
multi-title winners at SF K.
Bringing with it, around the back...
I think Staff Sergeant is saying her
shirt was pulled. She is on a
hat-trick. Alex Greenwood whips that
into a very nice area. You can
really see from that picture... She
cannot get the clear header.
Christiansen with it. It has gone
near post. Little flick on. Steph
Houghton once that hat-trick. That
is a good touch. -- wants a
hat-trick. Bright stayed in the
That is a good delivery from Toni
Duggan. You would think that Bosnia
would have worked out that is what
you want to do, she once the ball on
the right hand side. Just could not
steer that on target.
remember Steph Houghton scoring two
in an England international, I might
be wrong. But what is the last time
an England captain scored a
hat-trick? Bosnia-Herzegovina on the
They look like a well beaten team.
And we expected to come on strongly
in the second half because of their
extra fitness. -- we expected
England. Carter gets it back for
Nobbs. She shoots across the goal!
She gives England the alternative
and that is what Mo Marley is again
four, bringing others around the
squad to test their abilities and
see but they can do for her.
that is an opportunity for Dan
Carter and Alex Greenwood, players
may be on the periphery, give them a
chance. She performed well for her
club and when she plays for England
she clearly performs well.
Is it two
hat-tricks? Yes, the first two
games. Against Estonia. She has
baloney on the bench, she is a
youngster. -- malady. Other
youngsters have been brought into
the squad. Keira Walsh. Williamson.
Gabby George was brought in
yesterday when Casey Stoney went
home with an injury. Given the feel
of the squad and to see what
Internationals are all about. Having
a really good game, the England
captain, tonight. Bright combined
with Duggan. He is Kirby.
Christiansen. -- here is Kirby.
Headed back by Bright, under
pressure from 40 down. -- from
Nikolic. The free kick is given
against Nikolic, it will not count.
I would like to see this again,
England might be very fortunate.
think Millie Bright misjudged that
Did you just catch the
I think slightly
but I wonder... Bride misses the
header, trying to get her body in
the way. I think there is a hand on
Millie Bright. I think maybe that is
a let off for England and that is
something where they have to remain,
3-0, they have to remain focused.
That is harsh on 40 down and she has
been cautioned for protesting. I
think that was strong aggressive
centre forward play. -- Nikolic.
hand across Millie Bright, I don't
think it was a foul.
If I made a
strong run through the middle like
That is where England
need to remain focused. You cannot
Long ball out from the back.
Spasojevic hasn't really... Users in
the defender. A good one here by
Toni Duggan. Carter. It has clipped
off. Jordan Nobbs there. Sensibly
played. Here is Lucy Bronze. And
well-positioned. Bronze with the
cross. The keeper's confidence has
gone a little bit of a fumble.
the second goal, the mistake, she
will have known she could have done
Did she not go off the pitch
at Ashton Gate in tears when they
lost a game is to mark she played so
valiantly that game. You were
probably drunk by then.
I was going
to say, good memory.
It was two
minutes after full-time, so
They'll feel hard done by. What an
historic moment for them.
Good attack again by Parris. Comes
across. She deserves a goal. 10,026
tonight, a good crowd, sell-out
crowd. Houghton available for
Colchester on Tuesday night. 6th of
April, a Friday, at St Mary's,
England against Wales.
The Champions League draw of course,
the English team, against Barcelona,
what a draw.
I think the fact both
English teams if they get through
could face each other in the final,
it shows how far the women's game
has come in our country. There are
top, top teams in the women's game.
Probably the four top teams in
Europe now, Chelsea, man City, Lyon,
Parris Saint-Germain and Augsburg.
I hope your overall town stay
around. Get an opportunity. Here is
a free kick. Spahic got it away. A
poor clearance. To the substitute,
Sakotic. A shout of shoot goes up
every time an English player picks
up in a decent position. Bright...
Has anyone noticed by the way,
flickering lights in the far side of
the sky? Just me, is it?
Is it? Thank God for
that. You get to a certain age in
that, you see flickering lights in
the sky, you start to worry.
copy you had at half-time?
Nobbs. -- coffee. She's really enjoy
this game, Houghton. A training
ground exercise now for England,
really, trying to get through
against a packed defence. Nobbs has
been at the heart of everything for
England. Bright. Duggan. Kirby. Good
ball in. Has to be a penalty and a
sending off. No, no, no, surely!
She's not going to stop, referee, if
she's in that position. Why would
We would praise the
referee but that the lawful
decision, she's got two arms around
her, definite penalty.
Get her on
strictly with that sort of dance
routine! Here come
Bosnia-Herzegovina. Nikolic. Great
cheer from the English supporters
for Siobhan Chamberlain. Clean sheet
against Russia in the first of the
qualifiers. After the 6-0 win. She's
run that into trouble. Aleksic.
Greenwood. Important to realise
these England players are
professionals, the Bosnian players
what or two of them are. There are
league is literally leagues below
the standard played in England.
Interesting some countries now given
parity in terms of pay between the
women's and men's team.
would be fantastic if it were the
case everywhere. We mentioned Bosnia
and Herzegovina. Their league is,
again, a developing league, won a
lot of the players amateur.
run for English once again. Bullish
inside the penalty she wants one.
The size of the TV deals, the size
of crowds... If they do get an all
professional league, how they do it
I don't know. They are playing on a
regular basis. Come closer. But it's
a long way off here don't you think?
I think it is but the fact is you
want those teams to be full-time
professional, or getting paid at
least a certain amount of money...
So they don't have to combine work
and play in.
Lovely run here. All
about giving it back in towards...
Kirby! Blocked and away. And England
so close to a fourth.
Superb by Fran
Kirby. What a ball. Good movement
from Toni Duggan. The fact Fran
Kirby has the vision to see that...
Can't follow up with the second
shot. They just threw their bodies
on the line. Bosnia to try and
defend and keep the scoreline down.
Good saved by the goalkeeper. Did
the world of good after losing
confidence. Comes across from
She certainly wants the
third goal. Good movement, get in
front of her marker. Can't head the
ball down. Clearly a training ground
All smiles. November 79,
Doctor Hook and his medicine man,
when you're in love with a beautiful
woman. Number one. A significant
month in your life. So that was
I shouldn't tell you
these things, should I?
Well done to
your friend John for letting us know
that. Well done, John.
learn to keep those things to
Down the line. Nikolic.
Bright is there with her racy
backpass. Got some work to do. Stop
things here. This is Radeljic down.
She seemed to twist funny, a clash
of knees with Alex Greenwood. It was
that twist, whether her boots were
slightly caught in the turf. She has
Bit of dead legwear? You're
right, need to me. England treated
the good. Let's have a look again.
Great delivery year. Steph
Houghton's first goal, right place,
right time. Toni Duggan whipped the
ball in. Parris, that's what you
want from the white player, to come
in and be the second Centre forward.
This was such a clever, intelligent
free kick by Houghton, the
goalkeeper lined the wall up wrong.
The fact she spotted that, seeing
where the space was. Top technique.
Is she a centre-back?
She only got one goal for England,
Very good in the air, Mo
Marley, very difficult to get by.
She's had a good night. Bronze.
Looking for the middle. Fascinating
character, this goalkeeper. Chances
her arm a little bit now and again.
Certainly one of their best
performers. Don't know quite what is
going to happen with her. Spahic to
clear it away. Radeljic still
It's getting that
consistency. She'll pull off a
fantastic save, then make a real
simple error. That has to come down
to coaching. She won't get that at
her club. The likes of Chamberlain,
it. Incredible really. Her debut 14
months ago for England. Bright. It
looks as though she's been around in
the team for years. Parris. The
keeper was teased to come out. Can't
get to the loose ball. Kirby can
come in typically tenacious style.
Duggan going for a bending shot.
Here is Nobbs. Kirby really in the
thick of the action throughout.
18 minutes to go, you would think
England would start thinking about
substitutions. Activity away to our
left-hand side. Jo Potter might be
coming on. Comes across to the
penalty area, away for a goal kick.
I can't see them... It Jo Potter
that is going to come on. I would
think it would be one of the
midfield players. It's Christiansen.
She's done well, I think she's
played well. She's got the ball,
she's been very positive. A
different type of player, very
versatile, she can play centre-half,
she played centre-half for Redditch.
I think she will slot into that
midfield position, maybe she'll go
in with the Jordan Nobbs role.
Jordan Nobbs maybe push forward
slightly. A great left foot.
be read in the European finals
against Portugal. Appearance number
35 country, 13 years on from her
debut against the Netherlands. She
scored in battle romping win against
Hungary 13-0 back in 2005, England's
record. She's a selfless player.
Goes around the world. Very rarely
get a start. She's uncomplaining.
October 2016 she last started.
Kirby. Potter available in the deep
line position. Dropping back to give
herself space. Maybe held onto the
ball too long. When Potter got it
she was closed. Greenwood chasing
back for England. Three Bosnia
players on her.
Probably taken by Radeljic, who I
don't think wants to stay on much
longer, she's grimacing. Court
there, couldn't get beyond Krso.
More or less in a left-back
position. Potter. Another good ball.
Aleksic, higher line, stretching the
game out. Deflected away by Lucy
Bronze. Decent cross into the
penalty area by Kulis. They play
warming up for Bosnia, Hadzic. Away
by Houghton. Hadzic, who they are
going to send one, a 22-year-old
central midfield player who played
in both games against England in the
Euro qualifiers. Experienced
Champions League player. The shears.
The player taken off is Spahic. He
really was totally anonymous.
was, I think this will add more
energy to this midfield. You can see
the players are tiring you can see
their heads went especially after
second goal. But yeah, the game has
just passed her by. She's very
She was a regular
through European qualifiers.
Straight into the midfield area.
Parris. Been bright and inventive
throughout. Pressurising her. Jordan
Nobbs dropped into space again.
She's done that all game. Little
gaps of space. Potter. To Greenwood.
Duggan. Screens in dismay. Watched
keenly by her family around the
world, Toni Duggan, everywhere she
goes. You'll occur sure her grandad
will be here, if not he'll
definitely be watching on TV. I know
he's not here because I can't hear
him! Here is Nobbs. Houghton. Kirby.
Jo Potter. In towards the far stick.
Spiralling cross to Parris. The flag
raised immediately as she moved
towards the ball.
Unlucky, that is
why Jo Potter has been brought in,
this is what she brings to the side,
she does have that quality. Was she
side? I'd like to see that again.
That's what she's done so well. That
movement, that wants to get on the
Boghall want to make things happen.
Carter. Nobbs. Parris is nearly
mixed through. England without Casey
Stoney, Jane Moore. Very important
for them the last year. Expecting to
go one better than they did in
Canada. They got to the World Cup
finals in France. In comes the
cross. England's men find out who
they play on Friday. The World Cup
draw is live on the BBC. Dan Abraham
going over to present it live. I
haven't got a coat.
You've got your thermals,
Yeah. Brilliant ball towards
Duggan, what a pass. She couldn't
get beyond the goalkeeper in the
end. One of the best passes of the
game, that, fantastic.
been some excellent passes but that
beats them all. Toni Duggan could
have took the ball on the left-hand
side rather than cutting in. This is
great vision to spot Toni Duggan's
run. If she could have gone on to
her left side. She just got in, made
it easy for the defender to get a
touch to it.
They will send Mel
Lawley on in a minute. Toni
Duggan... In Mo Marley's thinking
will be Tuesday night now. Against
Ireland at Colchester. On comes the
Manchester City player. Made her
debut against France. She comes on
for Nicky to Parris. What a very
good evening she's had. -- Parris.
She's been excellent, every time
she's got the ball she has looked to
make something happen. Really
lively, lots of pace. Lots of
They want to give these players
gametime, squad players. An
opportunity for Mo Marley to do this
in these games. We'll take it. It
comes back out. Jordan Nobbs cover
the ground so fast. One of the
fittest players out on the pitch.
Did well in Canada, might have done
better if she stayed fit. Towards
Carter. That's a penalty! They got
away with one but not the second!
She was strong. Hadzic is saying
there were six of one, half a dozen
of the other.
She dragged her to the
I think she slipped but as
she slipped she dragged it. She
missed one against Russia on the
spot. Given the responsibility
again. This is to make it four. A
confident goal-scorer. Looks calm
enough. Had to wait a long time for
this. From the spot... 1-0 England.
She deserves that goal, I think
she's been excellent. Cool, calm
finish. Send the goalkeeper the
wrong way. The fact she missed the
penalty and had the bravery to step
up and take it. She did have to wait
a long time. Send the goalkeeper the
wrong way, gave her the eyes.
senior goals in 102 senior games for
club and country. Terrific strike
record. Top scorer in English
football in 2014 scoring 29 goals at
Reading, attracting the attention of
the English management. First onto
the scene in Canada. Got a move to
She gets England's fourth of the
night. Thoroughly deserved, she's
maturing into that ten role. Lawley.
Bronze with the cross. The Astrelle
thing to say. Because they are being
beaten 4-0. But this is an improving
team, Bosnia-Herzegovina. I think
they've offered more to the game
than they did in the previous two
Probably we've seen a
better England side as well, the
fact they have, you know, moved the
ball much quicker, used the ball
better. Been more clinical in front
of goal. I don't think they were
when we played them in the Euro
Jordan Nobbs who
would be a candidate for your player
of the match award. Kirby was
excellent. Towards Duggan.
That is a petulant one.
getting so frustrated now.
armlock, headlock. She has every
right to ask the coach why she was
played in such a negative role.
Yellow macro she'll be frustrated.
She's more than ten.
Last time we
saw her she was getting on the ball,
she was the one trying to make
things happen. She's been so
defensive, it's been difficult for
her to get into the game apart from
in a defensive sense.
Bronze with a fizzing cross.
After the corner, will you think of
the player of the match? Moving
towards Carter... Greenwood left
footed. Came off Spahic and get it,
who is your player of the match?
It's a tough one, I could have
picked any of the front three. Fran
Kirby has been excellent when she's
got on the ball. I got to pick the
captain, Steph Houghton two goals,
she's led her team by example. She
does that every game I watch her
Where are we going later on,
peppermint place in Birmingham? It
used to be a good club, I can tell
This is a good run by Carter towards
the line. Faces, that was another
Down with the kids.
clubs... Trying to work this out...
38 years ago.
I wasn't born.
Here is a corner kick of England. On
the edge of the penalty area. By
Radeljic. Potter. Lawley. Thought
about it, didn't really exploited.
Just got herself into that position.
But a little bit worried you was in
Managed to get
herself into a really good position.
Again, good feet. That's what Mel
Lawley can do, what she offers. She
has a good strike. She didn't quite
catch hold of that one.
group will depend on England's
performances against Wales. Of
course. Top of the group this
morning. Good crowd, though. I think
the FA will be pleased with that.
think so. They've been a great
crowd, really noisy, really got
behind the team.
Another player is
going to come on for Bosnia. I think
it'll be her debut. Spahic
struggling at the back. She is the
veteran defender. She's worked hard.
She's plugged gaps. Just a question
here. Time to this late on. To give
the 17-year-old a chance for a
debut. The first time in the match
day squad, the under 19
international. She's part of that
team going to Euro 18 at that level.
She's forward. A tad late to put a
centre forward on for a defender.
Spahic has played well.
played well. She's one of those
players when I spoke about throwing
your body on the line to try and
stop players from getting past you,
prevent shots, she's put everything
into this game.
H at the moment, this young lady, at
17 making her debut for the
20 seconds to go.
And very good performance for
England, they will be very happy
with getting four goals, much better
in the second half, clinical in
front of goal, the final pass is
excellent and the movement is good,
exactly what Mo Marley would have
Is this the sort of
performance and get the job
She can only beat teams
she has been asked to play against
and the second is on Tuesday. Why
not? It has been a very good
performance against a very stubborn
Cleared away. She has gone
down and stayed down, Radeljic. A
similar situation to Brent Hills as
caretaker manager, he made the
foundation before Mark Sampson came
in for the qualifying for the World
Cup. 17? No, 15.
Spot on. The girls
spoke about that, it was quite a
seamless transition to bring in Mo
Marley from the under 19 team, all
the players knew her so it was not
difficult to adapt.
One of their best players, Aleksic.
She stuck with her. She plays in
90 seconds to goal in stoppage time.
Can England get a fifth goal? Nobbs.
Potter thought about having a shot.
Greenwood has stayed in the wide
I weighed by the substitute,
Sakotic. Bronze. -- away. Over by
Carter, brilliant stuff by England!
But it is cleared away by Nikolic --
And England stay on four.
When somebody is sitting back
against you do have to movable
quickly and that is exactly what Dan
Carter has done.
England have shown
they have a plan with Jodie Taylor
making runs behind and we then have
Dan Carter with little flicks around
the corner. England don't want to
settle for just four.
Greenwood. And that is it. A
competitive winning start for Mo
Marley as the entrant manager and
two wins from two, Steph Houghton,
Nikita Parris and the penalty from
Fran Kirby, they could have had six
or seven against this dog-eared
Bosnia-Herzegovina team but they
will settle for this.
A fine win for Mo Marley and the
Lionesses in this qualifying match
which leaves England second in the
group because Wales managed to beat
Kazakhstan 1-0 so they top the
group. England have a chance to get
three more points in Colchester on
Tuesday. Stay with us for reaction
on the Red Button. From one of our
stash good night.
Live coverage as England face Bosnia in the qualifying round of the Women's World Cup.