England sweep Norway aside to reach Women’s World Cup semi-final as Scott, White and Bronze score for Lionesses

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ENGLAND qualified for the semi-finals for the third tournament in a row as they swept Norway aside 3-0 in Le Havre.

There may well have been some pre-match nerves but Phil Neville’s side took just three minutes to break the deadlock.

England reached the Women's World Cup semi-final thanks to a comfortable win against Norway
England reached the Women’s World Cup semi-final thanks to a comfortable win against Norway
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Lucy Bronze got to the byline and pulled back for Ellen White – the Lionesses’ top scorer miscued her effort but Jill Scott was on hand to finish, via the post.

White got her fifth goal of the tournament – more than any England player has scored in a Women’s World Cup before – tucking into an empty net five minutes before the break.

A well-worked free-kick saw Lucy Bronze fire in to make it three after Norway failed to learn their lesson.

England rode their luck though, with Steph Houghton clearing off the line and Karen Bardsley making a fine save to deny Isabell Herlovsen.

Nikita Parris had the chance to make it four from the penalty spot after Houghton was bundled over but the Lyon-bound winger saw her tame effort palmed away.

But David and Harper Beckham as well as the millions watching at home will not have minded as England set up a semi-final with hosts France or favourites USA.

More to follow

Jill Scott put the Lionesses in front after just three minutes as her shot went in off the post
Jill Scott put the Lionesses in front after just three minutes as her shot went in off the post
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Ellen White could not miss from close range as she made it 2-0 five minutes before half-time
Ellen White could not miss from close range as she made it 2-0 five minutes before half-time
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Lucy Bronze smashed in a third from a free-kick routine on the edge of the area
Lucy Bronze smashed in a third from a free-kick routine on the edge of the area
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David Beckham and daughter Harper were in the crowd enjoying themselves in Le Havre
David Beckham and daughter Harper were in the crowd enjoying themselves in Le Havre
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