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Women’s Under-17 European Championship: England face Spain in final

Written by on May 17, 2024

FA technical director Kay Cossington wants winning major tournaments “to become the norm” as England prepare to take on Spain in the Women’s Under-17s European Championship final on Saturday.

The Young Lionesses beat Poland 2-0 in the semi-finals to reach the final for the first time.

Natalie Henderson’s side face Spain in Malmo at 16:00 BST in a match you can watch live on the BBC Sport website and app.

Cossington said the recent success of Sarina Wiegman’s senior team is inspiring the younger age groups.

“We’re in a business of wanting to win football matches and wanting to win tournaments,” she said.

“That’s at the forefront of everything. It’s a really careful balance throughout the pathway of giving players exposure and opportunity but also instilling that mentality of wanting to win matches and tournaments. We want that to become the norm..”

Playing in the competition’s final for the first time, England are aiming to become the fifth country to lift the trophy after Germany, Spain, Poland and France.

They face tough opposition in Spain, who are playing in their second successive final after losing 3-2 to France last time out.

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