Wednesday, 26 March 2008.
UEFA European Women’s U17 Championship,
2nd Qualifying Round, Group 1
Tuesday 25 March
England 4-0 Czezh Republic
Rebecca Jane 3', Danielle Carter 49' 60', Jessica Holbrook 80'
Lois Fidler's side got off to the best possible start in their attempts to qualify for the inaugural UEFA European U17 Women's Championship
when they defeated the Czech Republic 4-0 on the outskirts of Prague.
Chelsea's Rebecca Jane got The Three Lions off to a perfect start with a goal in the third minute. Leyton Orient's Danielle Carter added a brace after half-time, and on the final whistle, Everton's Jessica Holbrook added a fourth.
In the other game in Group One, The Netherlands and Belgium drew 1-1, and it is the Belgian's who will next face England at AFK Libčice tomorrow afternoon.
The first UEFA European Women's U17 Championship final tournament will be held at the Colovray Stadium in Nyon, Switzerland with the teams competing for the trophy below. (image courtesy of uefa.com)
Located opposite UEFA headquarters, the venue will stage the semi-finals on Tuesday 20 May and the third-place match and final three days later.
The Colovray Stadium previously staged the 2004 men's U19 final, marking UEFA's golden jubilee. Due to exceptional circumstances, this is the first time the UEFA administration has acted as a final tournament host, and the top three finishers will qualify for the inaugural FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup in New Zealand from 28 October to 16 November.
Lauren Davey, Lucy Bronze, Rachel Daly, Jessica Holbrook, Gemma Bonner, Gilly Flaherty, Isobel Christiansen (Lucy Staniforth 73mins)
Jordan Nobbs, Toni Duggan, Danielle Carter (Sarah Wiltshire, 65mins), Rebecca Jane
Stephanie Marsh, Amy Carr, Jodi Jacobs, Naomi Chadwick, Rachel Pitman
– but the sailors praise the new boats