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Seven up for England again
 Women's Football News 8 Jun 2016
 
Serbia 0 England 7 (J.Scott 13, White 28, Davison 41,46, Damjanovic og 53, Parris 69,90)
England stormed to the top of their Euro 2017 qualifying group with their second 7-0 victory over Serbia in three days. 
 
Gemma Davison and Nikita Parris each opened their international scoring accounts with two apiece, while Jill Scott, Ellen White and a Nevena Damjanovic own goal completed the scoring.
 
There were five changes from Saturday's win in Wycombe with Siobhan Chamberlain, Casey Stoney, Demi Stokes, Jade Moore and Davison all coming into the starting line up and it was one of the new girls who had the first effort as Moore connected with Jill Scott's cross from the right but Serbia keeper Susanna Nilsson gathered comfortably.
 
Karen Carney hit a hat-trick at the weekend and she looked in the mood for more from the off. The 28-year-old swivelled and hit a low, angled drive just past the far upright.
 
The visitors were on top throughout and it wasn't long before they took a deserved lead. Stokes stood up a delicious cross from the left and Jill Scott did the rest, planting a firm header into the back of the net.
 
With England dominating possession, this lead was doubled just before the half hour mark. Stokes' corner found its way to the edge of the box, Jill Scott fed Carney, who clipped a cross in for Steph Houghton and White hooked home her captain's knockdown from close range.
 
Moore came within inches of adding a quickfire third when heading Carney's centre just wide. The skipper almost got in on the action, too, when she headed another Stokes corner just over the top.
 
But the Lionesses did claim a third before the break as Davison pounced on Mirela Tenkov's weak back pass, rounded Nilsson and rolled the ball into an empty net for her first international goal.
 
Davison did not have to wait long for her second either. The second half was less than a minute old when she arrived at the back post to smash home Stokes' deep centre.
 
The Chelsea winger was involved in the fifth goal less than ten minutes later. Carney's shot was saved by Nilsson but the rebound hit Davison and then Damjanovic and rolled over the line.
 
Mark Sampson made three changes in the second half with Isobel Christiansen, Alex Scott and Parris replacing Fara Williams, Jill Scott and White respectively and Parris made an instant impact in just her second game for the senior team.
 
Stokes and Carney combined well down the left, allowing the latter to clip an inviting cross into the box which Parris glanced into the far corner before wheeling away in delight.
 
The closest Serbia came to troubling Chamberlain was in the final three minutes when Marija Ilic's inswinging corner hit the crossbar - but the England keeper had it covered.
 
Parris saved the best until last when she smashed home from range for her second and England's seventh in the final minute.
 
The Lionesses are now in a strong position to qualify for next summer's Euro finals as at least one of the six best runners-up. They entertain Estonia in September before travelling to Belgium for what looks likely to be the group decider. 
 
Serbia: Susanne Nilsson, Aleksandra Kozovic, Mirela Tenkov, Nevena Damjanovic (sub Dina Blagojevic 75mins), Allegra Poljak, Marija Ilic, Marija Radojcic, Jelena Cankovic, Vesna Smilikovic, Marija Jonovic, Vajda Orsoja (sub Jelena Cubrilo 82 mins). Subs not used: Milica Kostic, Marijana Jankov, Nikoletta Nikolic, Olivera Markovic, Sanda Malesevic.

England: Siobhan Chamberlain, Lucy Bronze, Demi Stokes, Fara Williams (sub Isobel Christiansen 45mins), Steph Houghton, Casey Stoney, Jade Moore, Jill Scott (sub Alex Scott 57mins), Ellen White (sub Nikita Parris 57mins), Karen Carney, Gemma Davison. Subs not used: Laura Bassett, Carly Telford, Alex Greenwood, Rachel Daly.

(Report by www.TheFA.com)
 
 
 GROUP SEVEN   P   W   D   L   F   A   Pts 
 ENGLAND   6   5   1   0  25   1   16 
 BELGIUM   6   4   2   0   24   2   14 
 BOSNIA/HERZEGOVINA   7   3   0   4   6   13   9 
 SERBIA   6   2   1   3   5   16   7 
 ESTONIA   7   0   0   7   0   28   0 


 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
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