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So pleased with players - Lois
 Women's Football News 4 Dec 2013
 
So pleased with players - Lois - 4 Dec 2013 - Women's Football NewsLois Fidler could not hide her delight after her England Under-17 side crushed Portugal 6-1 to reach the semi finals of the UEFA Women's Under-17 Championships. 
 
Six different players got on the scoresheet as England secured the result they wanted at Burton and Lois said afterwards: "I don't think any coach can be anything other than happy when your team has just won 6-1 to qualify for a semi-final, so hats off to them - they went out there and delivered what we asked.
 
"The danger for us would have been if we took our foot off the pedal and let [Portugal] back into the game, but we weren't prepared to do that and I reminded them of that at half time.
 
"I'm really pleased with our attitude, application and with the quality of our crossing and finishing. But I'd be doing the team an injustice if I didn't mention the defensive display, the character and the discipline they've shown and how pleased I've been with that over the course of the three group games.
 
"I said to the players that six points would get us out of the group. We've done that and now we are here for the duration, which was the plan all along."
 
Now England face the task of getting past Group B winners Spain in the semi finals on Thursday and, as well as a place in the Final, there is also qualification for next year's FIFA Women's Under-17 World Cup up for grabs.
 
"We played Spain in Madrid in April so we've got a little bit of recent history against them, but now we'll go away and do a lot more work on them," said Lois. "I haven't paid any attention to Group B because we had to focus on our own job first.
 
"If we win on Thursday it would be our first time reaching a Euro final and the first time we would have qualified outright for a World Cup.
 
"We like making history so we'll recover properly, prepare properly and be good to go."
 
Chloe Kelly was one of England's goalscorers in the win over Portugal and the striker admitted that whole of the England squad have been lifted by the occasion - and particulary the attendances for their matches. "The crowds have been great," she smiled. "It's amazing knowing they're all behind us and we want to win for them as much as for ourselves.
 
"The noise has taken a bit of getting used to because sometimes we can't hear each other on the pitch, but it's good. It's great knowing everyone is behind us and you want to perform for them.
 
"It's important to keep raising the awareness of women's football. We know there are younger girls out there wanting to wear the shirt one day and they are looking up to us.
 
"It was amazing, that [6-1] scoreline shows that we can do what we've been working on in training all these months. I'm delighted that I scored in this game as I'd been waiting a while for that.
 
"Everyone's in a great mood but we've got our game heads on for Spain. We've still got a job to do."

 
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