Beth Mead bags brace as England Women coast to win over Netherlands

England v Netherlands – Women’s International Friendly – Elland Road
(Image credit: Nick Potts)

England Women delivered a significant statement ahead of next month’s home European Championship as they came from behind to thrash reigning champions Holland 5-1 at Elland Road in their penultimate warm-up match.

After the first half had seen Lucy Bronze cancel out Lieke Martens’ opener, the Lionesses had a let-off seven minutes into the second half when Sherida Spitse, on her 200th Netherlands appearance, struck a penalty wide.

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