Arsenal’s Williamson impresses on England duty

England's Leah Williamson, Georgia Stanway, Demi Stokes, Beth Mead and Nikita Parris line up ahead o

England's Leah Williamson, Georgia Stanway, Demi Stokes, Beth Mead and Nikita Parris line up ahead of a match - Credit: PA Wire/PA Images

Arsenal’s Leah Williamson impressed for England as she and club-mate Beth Mead came on as second-half substitutes in a 2-1 loss to Norway in Bergen.

Williamson came on in the 75th minute at right-back and made a huge impression with the Lionesses supporters, impressive both going forward and defensively.

And she also linked up with Mead late on to create a chance, but the latter curled her effort wide of the target.

England went ahead through a stunning Georgia Stanway strike but they were pegged back by goals from Frida Maanum as she headed in the equaliser, before Caroline Graham Hansen punished poor defending to score a late winner.

Following their 3-3 draw with Belgium on Thursday manager, Phil Neville said: "Both games have been frustrating, we have to keep working on the basics. Our defending, especially in the first half, was much better but the fundamental basics of football of passing to each other I thought was sloppy."

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