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Jun 082016
 
Gemma Davison had failed to score in her first 11 England appearances

Gemma Davison scored a hat-trick as England Women closed in on a place at Euro 2017 thanks to a second 7-0 win over Serbia in four days.

The Lionesses head Group G and are guaranteed a top-two finish, though only group winners definitely qualify.

Jill Scott headed the opening goal and Ellen White added a second.

Davison ran onto a backpass to make it 3-0 and added two more in the second half, her first three England goals, before Nikita Parris scored twice.

Like Davison, they were the first international goals she had scored.

Victory in Stara Pazova took England above Belgium – whom they visit in their final game after hosting Estonia.

The eight group winners and six best runners-up will join hosts the Netherlands in an expanded 16-team event, with the other two runners-up playing off for the final spot.

England also beat Serbia 7-0 in Wycombe on Saturday.

Serbia: 1 Susanne Nilsson, 2 Aleksandra Kozovic, 4 Mirela Tenkov, 6 Nevena Damjanovic, 7 Allegra Poljak, 8 Marija Ilic, 9 Marija Radojcic, 10 Jelena Cankovic, 11 Vesna Smilikovicn (c), 13 Marija Jonovic, 21 Vajda Orsoja.

Substitutes: 16 Dina Blagojevic for Damjanovic 75, 18 Jelena Cubrilo for Orsoja 82.

England: 1 Siobhan Chamberlain (Liverpool); 2 Lucy Bronze (Manchester City), 5 Steph Houghton (c; Manchester City), 6 Casey Stoney (Arsenal), 3 Demi Stokes (Manchester City); 4 Fara Williams (Arsenal); 7 Jade Moore (Birmingham City), 8 Jill Scott (Manchester City); 10 Karen Carney (Chelsea); 9 Ellen White (Notts County), 11 Gemma Davison (Chelsea).

Substitutes: 16 Isobel Christiansen (Manchester City) for Williams ht, 14 Alex Scott (Arsenal) for J Scott 57, 17 Nikita Parris (Manchester City) for White 57.

Goals: J Scott 13, White 28, Davison 41, 46, Damjanović OG 53, Parris 69, 90.

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Highlights: England 7-0 Serbia – Lionesses dominate in Euro qualifier

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Jun 082016
 

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Koeman to Everton is a huge gamble – Le Tissier

Everton have agreed a deal with Premier League rivals Southampton that paves the way for Ronald Koeman to become their new manager.

The Toffees will pay about £5m compensation for the 53-year-old Dutchman, who leaves Saints after two years in charge.

Everton have been without a manager since they sacked Roberto Martinez just before the end of the 2015-16 season.

It is expected Koeman’s appointment will be confirmed by Friday.

Koeman, who has been headhunted by new Everton owner Farhad Moshiri, will sign a deal reported to be worth