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5 things we learned after England get revenge against France in Euro 2025 qualifying

Georgia Stanway, Lucy Bronze

England secured a much-needed 2-1 win over France in Saint-Etienne on Tuesday night to keep their hopes of qualifying for next summer’s Euros firmly alive.

Stade Geoffroy-Guichard was the stage for what was one of the Lionesses’ strongest first-half performances since the 2022 European Championships, rounded off by goals from Georgia Stanway and Alessia Russo. France were much stronger after the break and pulled a goal back through a penalty from Kadidiatou Diani.

The late onslaught from France resulted in a nervy and tense end to the game, but Sarina Wiegman’s side did just enough to hang on to their slender lead. It was a much stronger, professional and clinical display from the Lionesses after Friday’s result acted as a much-needed wake up call for a team struggling to find their best form.

Now, England have it all to play for in their final qualifying group games against the Republic of Ireland and Sweden next month.

Here’s five things we learned from England’s crucial win over France…

Georgia Stanway, Lucy Bronze

Stanway celebrates after scoring England’s opening goal / Dean Mouhtaropoulos/GettyImages

It’s fair to say the Lionesses reclaimed some lost pride after Friday’s defeat in Newcastle. England hadn’t won an away game against France since 1973, so there was an understandable expectation Tuesday night would be no different.

Yet, Wiegman’s side turned up to Saint-Etienne with a point to prove and that first-half display was one of the most complete performances under the current manager. The second half was much tougher, but England used their experience and maturity to get over the line.

Their position in the table hasn’t changed, but it’s a far more positive outlook for the team as they head into July’s fixtures against Sweden and the Republic of Ireland. At the very least, it keeps qualification in England’s hands if they’re to win both of their remaining games.

Sarina Wiegman

Wiegman’s calls were questioned / George Wood/GettyImages

Eyebrows were justifiably raised prior to kick-off as the team news dropped. In spite of Friday’s lacklustre display at St James’ Park, England boss Wiegman opted to stick with the same starting lineup, with Hannah Hampton coming in for the injured Mary Earps as the only exception.

There were plenty of calls for fresh legs and Alex Greenwood was among the players tipped to get some minutes on Tuesday night. Had the result not gone England’s way, it’s fair to say some rare criticism might have been levelled at the manager.


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