From Elland Road – England whet supporters’ appetite for Euro 2022 with a thumping 5-1 victory over reigning European champions Netherlands at a raucous Elland Road on Friday evening – the Lionesses’ final friendly on home soil before the tournament kicks off on 6 July.

The two sides – who are both fancied to go deep at this summer’s championships – had played out a tightly contested encounter in the opening 50 minutes. But with the scores delicately poised at 1-1 after Lucy Bronze had cancelled out Lieke Martens’ header, Sherida Spitse missed a spot kick, and England went up the other end and took the lead through Beth Mead. Ella Toone, Lauren Hemp and a second from Mead added extra flourish on the scoreline as the Lionesses ultimately ran out emphatic winners.

The Netherlands had opened the scoring through Martens, who rose highest to head home Spitse’s corner after 22 minutes.

The goal seemed to spark the Lionesses into life, and they began to enjoy more possession in the Netherlands half, before levelling the scores on 32 minutes – in slightly fortuitous circumstances. Fran Kirby’s slightly miss-hit pass found Bronze, and her sliced cross inadvertently found the top corner.

The Netherlands were given the opportunity to retake the lead in the second half after Alex Greenwood was belatedly penalised by VAR for bringing down Danielle van de Donk. However, Spitse couldn’t add a goal to her assist to mark her 200th appearance, finding the outside of the post from 12 yards out.

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