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A much improved England beat France!

We’re back with a bonus episode after England tried the exact same thing against France - but got a win!


We celebrate some impressive performances from Hannah Hampton and Alessia Russo and wonder if England’s stuttering form is because they don’t have a tournament to conquer this summer. Plus, Ireland put in another good showing but will finish bottom of the group after losing to Sweden.


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