England Women U-17s go down 2-0 to Germany

England Women Under-17s Erica Parkinson
Erica Parkinson was denied a late goal back for England U-17s. (Photo by Joosep Martinson/Getty Images)

England Women U-17s lost to Germany 2-0 at St. George’s Park on Monday afternoon, despite a 3-0 win over the same opponents on Friday.

Natalie Henderson made five changes to the side, with Scarlet Hill, Emily Cassap, Rachel Maltby, Simone Sherwood and Laiba Khan all coming into the team.

Rachel Maltby was through one-on-one but denied by goalkeeper Romy Brautigam’s outstretched leg, with Hope McSheffrey saving a Rosa Ruckert penalty before the break.

Ruckert did however apply the finishing touch to a low cross and open the scoring on the hour mark.

The lead was doubled on the counter attack with five minutes left, as Emilia Grund was put through and found the net from outside the box.

England nearly got back into the game but the closest the Young Lionesses got, was when Erica Parkinson saw her effort tipped over the bar.

The double-header was part of preparations for the UEFA European Women’s U-17 Championship qualifiers, with England facing Northern Ireland (November 4), Hungary (November 7) and Belgium (November 10) in Group A6, with the top three progressing to the second round of qualifying in early 2024.

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