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Repeat display against France and qualify for U20 World Cup, says Mo Marley

Young Lionesses boss Mo Marley has asked her players for more of the same as they attempt to qualify for the FIFA Women’s U20s World Cup.

The England Women’s U19s side put in one of their best performances at the Euro finals against France but lost to Lina Boussaha’s late winner.

The defeat means Marley’s charges failed to reach the Euro semi-finals, however they now face a World Cup play-off against Scotland in Lurgan on Thursday night.

And the head coach wants her side to pick up where they left off.

She said: “I’m obviously disappointed for the players because they worked so hard to get here, but the performance against France has to be the catalyst for Thursday.

“The standard of our play in such a big game was excellent and we’re really proud of them.

“The players were really brave and wanted to get on the ball in such a big game. There was a lot of pressure on them and they gave everything.

“We were pushing for the winner, which we had to get to reach the semis, and we were caught out on the counter. That goal is almost irrelevant because a 0-0 draw wouldn’t have been enough anyway.”

Marley continued: “It’s not meant to be for this tournament, but the girls can take a lot of belief from their performances and the ability they have.

“We need to take that France performance into Thursday.

“It’s about building on what we did in this game because it was a huge performance against France.”

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