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England take on Group A3 leaders France at Newcastle United’s St James’ Park tonight, as Sarina Wiegman’s Lionesses try to take charge of their Women’s Euros 2025 qualifying campaign.

An opening 1-1 draw with Sweden was not in the script, but England bounced back with a 2-0 win over the Republic of Ireland, and victory tonight would send them to the top of the group, above tonight’s opponents France, who recorded 1-0 wins over both the Irish and the Swedes, and would relish the chance to continue their 100 per cent record against the reigning European champions.

Lauren James has been ruled out of the game while Niamh Charles and Lotte Wubben-Moy have both withdrawn from the squad due to injury.

Follow all the action from England v France in Euro 2025 qualifying below:

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England 1-1 France

60 mins: An hour played at St. James’ Park. Sweden are beating the Republic of Ireland in the other group match of the night meaning that if things remain as they are then England and France will still stay above them in the table.

A loss for England though would drop them to third.

Mike Jones31 May 2024 21:22

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England 1-1 France

57 mins: It’s a lot better from England. They look more composed and in control especially when passing around the back between Leah Williamson and Millie Bright.

Bright lifts a long pass over to Georgia Stanway on the right wing and the midfielder wins a throw in.

Mike Jones31 May 2024 21:18

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England 1-1 France

54 mins: Hemp curls a corner ball into the box and finds Russo. She nods the ball towards goal but hits Millie Bright and France clear the danger.

England have started well in this half.

Mike Jones31 May 2024 21:14

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England 1-1 France

51 mins: Leah Williamson steps up the pitch for an intercept before releasing Lauren Hemp into space with a fine pass out to the left wing.

Hemp drives forward and curls in the cross with only Alessia Russo on hand to meet the ball. Wendie Renard leans into the forward and does enough to distract her as the ball goes flying over botht players’ heads.

Mike Jones31 May 2024 21:12

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England 1-1 France

48 mins: Sandie Toletti receives the ball after England are sloppy in possession. France turn it over high up the pitch with Toletti dancing along the front edge of the box before fizzing a low shot into the arms of Hannah Hampton.

Mike Jones31 May 2024 21:08

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Second half! England 1-1 France

No changes from either manager as the second half gets underway. France work the ball over to the right wing but it’s quickly picked up by England who win themselves a throw in.

Mike Jones31 May 2024 21:06

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HT England 1-1 France

England are dominating the stats with more possession (56% to 44%), more shots (6 to 4) and more touches in the box (15 to 7). Yet the stat that matters is that both teams have scored just one goal.

Sarina Wiegman will be able to see the signs that her team can go on to win this match but England will need to find another level to make it comfortable.

Mike Jones31 May 2024 21:03

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Protesters gather outside Hampden Park ahead of Scotland Women’s Euro 2025 qualifier versus Israel

Protesters gathered around Hampden Park stadium in Glasgow ahead of Scotland Women’s Euro 2025 qualifier versus Israel this evening.

The crowds were protesting Israel’s continued participation in international football following the country’s part in an ongoing conflict against Palestine.

Intense shelling and gunfire in the Gaza border city of Rafah is the latest update from the conflict with Israel saying it is now in effective control of Gaza’s entire land border.

Mike Jones31 May 2024 20:59

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HT England 1-1 France

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Mike Jones31 May 2024 20:55

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Half-time! England 1-1 France

45+5 mins: Nothing to separate the teams at the break. England started slowly but get themselves into the game and took the lead through Beth Mead.

France looked bereft of ideas inside the final third until Elisa De Almeida took a chance from a corner and volleyed in the equaliser.

All to play for in the second half.

Mike Jones31 May 2024 20:51

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