Everton Ladies trio Meg Finnigan, Chloe Kelly and Taylor Hinds featured as England got their Under-20 World Cup campaign off to a flying start with a 3-1 win over defending champions North Korea.
Finnigan and Kelly both completed the 90 minutes in Dinan, France, while Hinds came on as a 71st-minute substitute as the young Lionesses produced a commanding display.
Alessia Russo bagged a double and Georgia Stanway also got on the scoresheet for Mo Marley’s side.
Chloe Kelly says England Under-20s can’t “get caught up in the moment” after they kicked off their campaign in emphatic style over the reigning world champions.
“Going into the game we wanted to start the tournament on the front foot and with no fear,” she said.
“We wanted to do as best as we can. We are a young team and we want to show what we’re made of.
“We’ve got great energy. We all fight for each other. It just shows the work we’ve been doing off the pitch for the last few months, digging in for one another and a real together group.’
“But we’ve got two tough games now. It’s not just about concentrating on the one game it’s about focusing on the two. We can’t get too caught up in the moment of actually winning the tournament - it’s about taking each game as it comes.”
England face Brazil on Wednesday in their next Group B clash, before rounding off their group stage campaign against Mexico on Sunday.