England's women have crashed out of the European Championships after a heavy 3-0 defeat against France

England went into the match knowing that only a win would do to secure a route through to the quarter-finals. 

The game started badly when on nine minutes France opened the scoring with a low finish from Eugenie Le Sommer - who had hit the woodwork moments earlier. 

England were dominated and were lucky to go into the break just one goal down after surviving a constant rush of French pressure.

In the end it took two quick fire goals to finish England off. 

First Louisa Necib burst through to slot past the despairing Karen Bardsley, before Wendie Renard made sure of the win two minutes later when a lacklustre English defence failed to deal with the 6ft1 centre-back.

France - who finish top of Group C - continued to dominate but failed to add to their tally. 

Spain will also make it through as runners-up after their 1-1 draw with Russia, who unbelievably must draw lots with Denmark to see who will make it through to the quarter-final.

The knockout means all three England teams have failed to make it past the group stages of tournaments. 

First, the U-21 male team crashed out of the European Championships losing every game, then, three weeks later the U-20s fell at the same hurdle in the World Cup. 

Is English football in a downward spiral? 


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