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England opened their UEFA European Women's U17 Championship Finals campaign with a comfortable 5-0 dismissal of Republic of Ireland.
John Griffiths led the Young Lionesses to a third place finish at last year's tournament - and this year's intake made the perfect start in the Czech Republic.
Sunderland defender Poppy Pattinson opened the scoring after just nine minutes, but the game was really put to bed just before half time.
Beth O'Donnell doubled the lead before forward Jessica Ngunga made it 3-0 on 38 minutes.
Captain Lauren Hemp added a fourth almost immediately after the restart while Chelsea's Nicole Douglas completed the scoring on 64 minutes.
England are next in action on Friday against Holland, who won 3-1 against Norway in the other group game.
England: Hannah Hampton (sub Emily Ramsey 49mins), Grace Neville, Poppy Pattinson, Amy Rodgers, Shannon Cooke, Esme Morgan (sub Olivia Smith 65 mins), Nicole Douglas, Beth O'Donnell, Jessica Ngunga, Emily Syme, Lauren Hemp (sub Ella Rutherford 54mins). Subs not used: Meg Boydell, Miriael Taylor, Gabriella Ravenscroft.
Republic of Ireland: Erica Turner, Lauryn Grier, Roisin McGovern, Sadhbh Doyle, Tyler Toland, Alannah McEvoy, Megan Mackey, Heather Payne (sub Orla Casey 67mins), Doireann Fahey (sub Phoebe Warner 74mins), Carla McManus, Isibeal Atkinson (sub Aisling Spillane 57mins). Subs not used: Rachael Kelly, Eabha O'Mahony, Jessica Ziu.
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