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England have qualified for the UEFA Women's Under-17 Championship semi finals for the third time after finishing second in their group in Lithuania.
England slipped to a 2-1 defeat by Spain in their second group match after having drawn 2-2 with Poland in their opener last Wednesday.
They fell behind after just four minutes through Paula Arana Montes' strike. Ebony Salmon levelled matters but Eva Maria Navarro nabbed the winner for Spain, ten minutes from time.
This meant that John Griffiths' side went into their final group match against Italy needing nothing less than a victory to stand any chance of going through, but they also had to hope that Poland failed to beat Spain at the same time.
England were made to wait until the second half before their goal blitz arrived. Aston Villa striker Salmon broke the deadlock seven minutes after the restart and she registered two more goals by the 65th minute, to take her tournament tally to four. Annabel Blanchard completing the scoring on 72 minutes to round off a 4-0 victory and with the news that Spain had beaten Poland 5-0 in the other match, England take their place in the last four by virtue of being group runners-up.
England now face holders Germany in the semi finals on Friday 18th May in Alytus (2.30pm BST). The other semi final will be between Spain and Finland.
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