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Lois Fidler was full of praise for her young England side after they defeated Finland 4-2 to book their place in the Second Qualifying Round of the UEFA Under-17 Championships.
Three goals in the opening eleven minutes - from Rosella Ayane, Katie Zelem and Abbey-Leigh Stringer respectively - set the tone, and although the Scandinavians scored twice themselves, a fourth goal, from Hollie Kelsh, secured three valuable points which saw the England top their First Qualifying Round group with a 100 per cent record as they had registered victories over Israel and Northern Ireland earlier in the week.
"We got off to the best possible start," said Lois of her side's eleven minute blitz. "We had a game plan that we only had one day to prepare the girls for and they stuck to it to the letter. We stopped Finland from playing and caused them problems every time we went forward which was why we were 3-0 up so early, and to be honest, it could have been more.
"Although we were on top, there were times when we looked like we were letting Finland back into the game and I told them at half time that we had to keep our heads and see the game out. They are a fairly inexperienced group at this level and they had done so well up to that point. And credit to the players, they stuck to task and saw it through.
"There were some great individual performances, but what I'm most pleased about is the fact it was a great team performance."
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