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England vs Northern Ireland, Women’s International Friendly: live score and latest updates

​England 3 Northern Ireland 0

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1:36PM

The second half is underway!

England get the game restarted. 

Half time change, Nobbs off replaced by Toone for her England debut!

1:34PM

The players are back out onto the pitch

The second half will begin shortly.

1:23PM

Here is one of Ellen White’s first half strikes

1:18PM

HALF TIME: England 3 Northern Ireland 0

England are well on top. They could have had more and Northern Ireland have failed to mount a single attack.

1:15PM

42 min: England 3 Northern Ireland 0

White has a chance to bag a first half hat-trick but Flaherty makes another good save.

1:12PM

39 min: England 3 Northern Ireland 0

England are being forced back by consistent pressing, good work by the away side.

1:09PM

36 min: England 3 Northern Ireland 0

England a free kick in the Northern Irish half. A wicked ball is put in but Hemp can only glance the header of the post.

1:06PM

33 min: England 3 Northern Ireland 0

Daly tries to break into the box but Holloway makes an important sliding tackle. Corner to England. The ball in is headed clear.

1:04PM

31 min: England 3 Northern Ireland 0

England attack once more, Northern Ireland resigned to camping themselves deep in their half.

Hemp puts in a dangerous cross but White cannot quite get on the end of it.

1:02PM

GOOOOOOAAAAL! (Bronze) England 3 Northern Ireland 0

That was far too easy. Hemp wanders into the box, laying up a tap in for Bronze. 

12:59PM

26 min: England 2 Northern Ireland 0

England attack again, this time via a free kick. Things are looking ominous for the away side.

From Tom Garry: Ellen White has now scored 38 England goals, just eight behind Kelly Smith’s record of 46. The Manchester City striker is fifth in England’s all-time goals rankings and the is the Women’s Super League’s leading scorer.​

12:56PM

GOOOOOOAAAAAL! (White) England 2 Northern Ireland 0

Bronze finds acres of space behind the Northern Irish defence. She puts in a perfect cross first time and White executes a diving header across the keeper and into the back of the net.

Superb goal – White’s second of the afternoon so far!

12:53PM

21 min: England 1 Northern Ireland 0

England attack again, but the through ball to White has too much on it, running out for a goal kick.

12:51PM

GOOOOOOAAAAAAL! (White) England 1 Northern Ireland 0

Clinical! Northern Ireland make a mistake at the back, White capitalises, taking a touch before firing home.

That had been coming…

12:50PM

17 min: England 0 Northern Ireland 0

Northern Ireland finally press England back into their half. Spaces opens up down the right and Daly wins a corner for her side. It is taken short before a cross is whipped in. Scott can only direct the ball wide of the post, however.

12:48PM

15 min: England 0 Northern Ireland 0

Daly launches a shot from long range, slipping in the process. The ball goes well over the bar. 

The wind really is causing havoc on this open pitch.

12:44PM

12 min: England 0 Northern Ireland 0

Northern Ireland are clinging on already, but crucially they have held out so far. The away side cannot maintain any possession, however.

12:42PM

10 min: England 0 Northern Ireland 0

England win a free kick in opposition territory after Magee fouls Hemp. The ball is crossed in and Flaherty makes another superb save! Bronze had a free header from close range but somehow it was kept out. What a start by the Northern Irish keeper.

England attack again, winning a corner.

12:40PM

7 min: England 0 Northern Ireland 0

It has been a good start for England who are dominating possession and looking threatening. Impressive given their lack of game time together recently.

12:38PM

5 min: England 0 Northern Ireland 0

Bronze clips a cross into the box but White cannot rise to win it. Good, robust defending there.

The wind is picking up at St George’s Park, making it tricky to predict exactly where the ball will land when played aerially. 

White breaks into the opposition box but she cannot squeeze it past the keeper. Great save from Flaherty.

12:35PM

2 min: England 0 Northern Ireland 0

Northern Ireland start cautiously, playing all the way back to the keeper. They then play forward but Scott breaks up the play, winning possession for her side.

Houghton drives forward, playing wide to Bronze. The ball is worked into space and a shot is fired off from range but it is blocked.

12:32PM

Here we go!

Northern Ireland get us underway.

12:28PM

The players are out onto the pitch

Here comes the national anthem.

12:25PM

Jill Scott is just the second England player to reach this milestone

12:18PM

Find out more about England’s new interim head coach

England’s new interim head coach is a born winner who wastes few words. So when “quiet” Hege Riise speaks, her Lioness stars would be advised to listen.

Riise was a world, European and Olympic champion as a player but, to most English fans, the Norwegian is an unknown quantity, simply because her success in the 1990s and early 2000s came before global media coverage of the women’s game was commonplace.

Telegraph Sport spoke to her former team-mates and colleagues, who painted a portrait of a “humble” person who leads by example and would have to be dragged off the training pitch during her playing days.

Read Tom Garry’s full piece here

12:09PM

England and Northern Ireland have not played each other since 2008

In total, England and Northern Ireland have met seven times with the Lionesses winning on every occasion.

Can Northern Ireland spring an upset this afternoon?

12:00PM

We are set for excellent weather conditions this afternoon 

A general view of the pitch ahead of the Women's International Friendly match between England and Northern Ireland at St George's Park on February 23, 2021 in Burton upon Trent, England.

St George’s Park

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11:50AM

Team selection update from our Women’s Football Reporter Tom Garry

Midfielder Keira Walsh is not involved in the England squad today because of a thigh issue, which will be assessed by Manchester City’s medical staff. She picked up the knock during training with the Lionesses this week.

Walsh is the only fresh absentee from England’s matchday squad today, although they are also without injured, in-form Chelsea duo Fran Kirby and Millie Bright, while striker Nikita Parris was not released by her club Lyon because of Covid-19 travel restrictions in France.

Given those restrictions, Hege Riise has gone for a full-strength starting side, with six uncapped players on the bench all hoping to make their senior debuts.

11:41AM

Jill Scott captains England on her 150th appearance – this what her team-mates had to say about her

11:32AM

Team news is in!

9:59AM

Good morning, England return to action under new interim boss Hege Riise

Ellen White has stressed her desire to get even better as England return to action under new interim boss Hege Riise.

Thirty-one-year-old Manchester City striker White has scored 36 times in 92 appearances for England, including six goals at the 2019 Women’s World Cup.

She headed into the current international break as the Women’s Super League’s all-time top-scorer, with 55 goals, and having netted four times in her last five league appearances.

England host Northern Ireland in a friendly on Tuesday, a month on from Phil Neville stepping down as boss and Riise being put in temporary charge, in what will be the Lionesses’ first international in 11 months.

“I want to develop, I want to get better,” White said ahead of the game at St George’s Park.

“Definitely I feel good at the moment, and hopefully that can continue in this international camp.”

Asked about young forwards such as 20-year-old Bristol City striker Ebony Salmon, part of this England squad having received her first call-up, White said: “It excites me. We’ve got some very, very talented youth coming through.

“I’m 31 but I still want to develop, and these players are pushing me just as much as I want to push them and help and develop them. I think it’s just hugely exciting for our England team at the moment.”

Following Neville’s decision to leave his England post earlier than had been scheduled, to take charge at Inter Miami, Riise is to oversee three camps before Sarina Wiegman then takes the reins in September.

“What Phil did for the England squad and for me personally gave me a lot of confidence as a number nine and as a forward for England,” White said.

“But I feel like I’ve had a lot of experience with different managers, different philosophies and having to prove yourself again.

“I’ll control what I can control in terms of working hard and doing what I can as a striker, hopefully scoring goals and just proving why I should be selected. There are so many talented English players that it is very challenging. But I am excited by Hege coming in and what she can bring.”

PA

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