07242017

White scores two as England beat Denmark in Euro warm-up

England

Ellen White has scored 23 goals in 63 appearances for England

England Women’s final warm-up match before this summer’s European Championship ended in a battling win against Denmark in Copenhagen.

Ellen White, who captained the side for the first time, lifted the ball over the head of goalkeeper Stina Lykke to score the opener just before half-time.

Denmark skipper Pernille Harder levelled in the second half with an impressive free-kick from just outside the area.

White then claimed her second of the night, poking home from inside the area after Simone Sorensen’s bizarre backpass hit her own bar.

With a much-changed line-up, the Lionesses spent long periods of the first half defending, and Denmark had an early goal disallowed.

However, the second half brought an improved performance as England posed a constant threat to the side ranked 15th in the world.

The result sees England head into the Euros having gained four wins and a draw from their past six games.

Last chance to impress before the Euros

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Mark Sampson led England to third place at the 2015 World Cup in Canada

Boss Mark Sampson made 10 changes to the side that beat Switzerland, with left-back Demi Stokes the only player to keep her place in the starting 11.

And several players used their last opportunity to impress with hard-working performances to give Sampson plenty to consider before the tournament.

White’s two goals were indicative of a gritty performance, which saw the forward tirelessly chase down the Danish defence.

Midfielder Fara Williams, earning her 163rd cap, controlled the midfield impressively and produced set-pieces that handed England some of their more threatening moments in the game.

Stokes showed once again why she has been a permanent fixture in Sampson’s squad since missing out on the World Cup in 2015.

Of the squad of 23 players, only left-back Alex Greenwood has not featured in the past two games as she returns from a long-term injury.

What next for the Lionesses?

After their victory against Denmark, the Lionesses travel to Valencia on Sunday for a week of warm-weather training.

Following that, the players will be given two days off before travelling out to the Netherlands for the European Championships on 13 July, with the tournament set to begin three days later.

England open their campaign in Utrecht against Scotland on 19 July, before facing Spain on 23 July in Breda and finishing the group stage in Tilburg against Portugal.

There will be commentary on all of England’s matches on BBC Radio 5 live.

What they said

England boss Mark Sampson: “I’m proud of the team and our supporters.

“It was a performance full of hard-work, resilience and grit – key qualities for us this summer.”

Live Text

Match ends, Denmark Women 1, England 2.

Second Half ends, Denmark Women 1, England 2.

Pernille Harder (Denmark Women) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Millie Bright (England).

Foul by Sanne Nielsen (Denmark Women).

Laura Bassett (England) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Pernille Harder (Denmark Women) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Attempt missed. Maja Kildemoes (Denmark Women) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Attempt blocked. Sanne Nielsen (Denmark Women) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Pernille Harder.

Substitution, England. Lucy Bronze replaces Fara Williams.

Foul by Simone Sørensen (Denmark Women).

Jodie Taylor (England) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Katrine Veje (Denmark Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Alex Scott (England).

Substitution, England. Jordan Nobbs replaces Karen Carney.

Offside, Denmark Women. Line Sigvardsen Jensen tries a through ball, but Pernille Harder is caught offside.

Substitution, Denmark Women. Janni Arnth replaces Luna Gewitz.

Attempt missed. Karen Carney (England) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right.

Karen Carney (England) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Katrine Veje (Denmark Women) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Karen Carney (England).

Attempt missed. Pernille Harder (Denmark Women) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Goal! Denmark Women 1, England 2. Ellen White (England) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

Substitution, England. Carly Telford replaces Siobhan Chamberlain.

Substitution, England. Millie Bright replaces Isobel Christiansen.

Substitution, England. Jodie Taylor replaces Nikita Parris.

Hand ball by Maja Kildemoes (Denmark Women).

Attempt missed. Maja Kildemoes (Denmark Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Simone Sørensen with a headed pass following a corner.

Corner, Denmark Women. Conceded by Siobhan Chamberlain.

Corner, Denmark Women. Conceded by Demi Stokes.

Attempt blocked. Sanne Nielsen (Denmark Women) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Maja Kildemoes (Denmark Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Fara Williams (England).

Goal! Denmark Women 1, England 1. Pernille Harder (Denmark Women) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the top left corner.

Fara Williams (England) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Katrine Veje (Denmark Women) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Fara Williams (England).

Substitution, Denmark Women. Nicoline Sørensen replaces Stine Larsen.

Attempt missed. Simone Sørensen (Denmark Women) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Pernille Harder with a cross following a set piece situation.

Nikita Parris (England) is shown the yellow card.

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