Sheffield stars shine as England beat Germany to win the Arnold Clark Cup

24 February 2022

Ellie Roebuck and Millie Bright, from Sheffield and Killamarsh respectively, helped England Women’s football team to a 3-1 win over Germany to win the inaugural Arnold Clark Cup on goal difference.

Fran Kirby assisted the opener in the 15th minute with a defence splitting through ball to find White who finished emphatically.

England’s number seven capped off a remarkable performance with a sensational solo goal, dribbling from the halfway line to seal the tie, and the title, in the 94th minute.

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With England and Spain finishing level on points, Kirby’s goal meant England had a superior goal difference and thus won the cup.

Centre-half Millie Bright had a consistent game at the back, playing the full 90 minutes, and limiting Germany to only a handful of clear chances.

The defender said of the win: “It’s massive, it keeps our momentum. Ultimately coming into this tournament it was about developing and about people getting minutes and exposure against top teams. We have done that well. We have taken our game to another level and shown that we can win.”

This was a statement win for England as they faced Olympic champions Canada, two-time world champions and long term bogey team Germany, and Euros favourites Spain. Despite only one win in those three games they went unbeaten and ultimately took home the trophy.

Manager Sarina Wiegman said: “It’s really nice to win a tournament. We wanted to develop our style of play and get to know ourselves more. We all did that and I think it’s really nice to finish with a 3-1 win.”

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