Chelsea Ladies striker Fran Kirby says she is ‘delighted’ after England kicked off their European campaign in spectacular fashion, thumping Scotland 6-0 in Utrecht.
The Lionesses showed their quality against neighbours Scotland, proving they are ready to challenge for a place in the quarterfinals.
After the disappointment of exiting the competition in the group stages of the 2013 tournement, England’s convincing win proves they are a force to be reckoned with.
Chelsea had four representatives on the night, one being star striker Kirby who started the game and provided the assist for the opening goal.
Hailed as ‘mini Messi’, Kirby has an impressive international record, totalling six goals in 19 games, as well as scoring an astonishing 15 goals in 17 games for the Blues.
Having showed her quality on the night, the 24-year-old repaid the faith shown in her by England manager Mark Sampson.
Speaking after the game, Kirby said:
“The score line definitely showed how fun of a game it was for us, we played well and worked hard and obviously we’re delighted with the result.”
On her individual performance, she said:
“For me being a link up player, I like to get on the ball, it was sometimes difficult but I had a good part to play in both goals, I got the free kick and passed it through to Jodie.”
England’s next game is on Sunday against Spain. A big test game after their performance against Portugal, but the Lionesses will be going into the game full of confidence.