Manchester City’s Lauren Hemp provided two assists for England as they beat France 2-1 in EURO 2025 qualifying – only four days after losing to Les Bleues.

Gareth Taylor’s side’s skilful winger played the full 90 minutes and Chloe Kelly was introduced in the 75th. 

Meanwhile, Alex Greenwood, Khiara Keating and Jess Park were unused substitutes.

The Lionesses’ 2-1 loss to Herve Renard’s side on Friday 31 May meant they sat third in Group A3 on four points after three games, but the success has moved them to seven ahead of their final two first-round qualifiers.

Georgia Stanway opened the scoring when latching onto a perfectly weighted pass by Hemp before unleashing a venomous drive into the top corner from range in the 25th minute.


The former City forward was joined on the scoresheet before half-time by Alessia Russo who headed home our excellent attacker’s cross soon after.

It means Hemp has provided three goals in her last two matches. 

Following half-time, England were put under pressure by the hosts when Kadidiatou Diani halved the deficit with an expertly taken penalty with less than 20 minutes remaining. 

But Sarina Wiegman’s side held on to the victory they craved as the reigning European champions gave their qualification bid a shot in the arm. 

Elsewhere, Leila Ouahabi and Laia Aleixandri started for Spain as they fought back from two-goals down to beat Denmark 3-2.

Janni Thomasen opened the scoring in the fourth minute – an advantage Andre Jeglertz’s side held until the interval with Aleixandri being replaced by Teresa Abelleira Duenas in first-half stoppage time.

The visitors then doubled their advantage through Thomasen, but Irene Paredes halved the deficit almost immediately for Spain.

And the equaliser soon arrived thanks to the Barcelona defender’s second of the evening before Lucia Garcia scored on the cusp of full-time to complete the epic comeback. 

It means Spain extended their winning streak to seven consecutive matches in all competitions.