Following a disappointing loss to France at St James’ Park, England managed to bounce back in the next round of Euro 2025 qualifiers. The Lionesses secured a crucial victory at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard in Saint-Étienne, earning three important points. A fantastic goal from Georgia Stanway and a penalty converted by Alessia Russo in the first half sealed the win for England.

Despite France putting up a fight in the second half and scoring a penalty of their own through Kadidiatou Diani, the Group A3 leaders could not avoid defeat.

The match saw both teams field strong starting XIs, with France lining up with Peyraud-Magnin; Lakrar, Renard, de Almeida, Henry, Karchaoui, Geyoro, Katoto, Diani, Bacha, Dali, and England with Hampton; Bronze, Carter, Walsh, Bright, Williamson, Mead, Stanway, Russo, Toone, Hemp.

The game got off to a slow start, but Stanway broke the deadlock with an impressive strike from outside the box in the 21st minute. Russo doubled the lead for the Lionesses less than fifteen minutes later, taking advantage of a defensive error by Peyraud-Magnin.

In the second half, France dominated possession and created some opportunities. A penalty conceded by England’s captain Leah Williamson gave France a lifeline back into the match. Diani successfully converted the penalty, bringing the score to 2-1.

Despite the late pressure from France, England held on to secure the victory. The result leaves the Lionesses in third place in their group, tied on points with Sweden. The upcoming match between England and Sweden in Gothenburg will be crucial in determining the group standings.

Looking ahead, France will play their final two qualifying games against Sweden and Ireland. Meanwhile, England will aim to defend their European title by defeating Sweden and Ireland in their remaining matches. The Lionesses will face Ireland at Carrow Road before traveling to Sweden for a challenging fixture.

After missing out on the Olympics, England will be looking to secure their spot in Switzerland next year. The team will be determined to continue their success and compete at the highest level in international women’s football.