Written by Oluwaseun Oyediji

European champions, England will not take part in the final stages of the maiden UEFA Women’s Nations League after two goals in the additional minutes ensured that the Netherlands leapfrogged England to top League A Group 1 on superior goal difference.

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England defeated Scotland 6-0 in Glasgow and initially topped the log with full-time confirmed while the game between Netherlands and Belgium was still in at 3-0.

Lineth Beerensteyn gave the Netherlands the lead in the 34th minute and added the second nine minutes into the second half.

Damaris Berta Egurrola Wienke scored two goals in the additional minutes of the second half to ensure that Netherlands upstage England to qualify for the Nations League finals.

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It also ensures that the Netherlands has the chance of qualifying for the Paris 2024 Olympics.

Making it to the last two will automatically qualify the finalists for the women's football event of the Olympics.

The third-placed team can also make it to the Olympics if host, France reaches the final.


England's 6-0 thrashing of Scotland in Glasgow had no impact in Babylon as the Netherlands finished the group games with a +8 goal difference to England's +7 to top the group after both sides were tied at 12 points.

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Lauren James scored two goals in the first half after Alex Greenwood had broken the deadlock for the European champions.

Bethany Mead also scored her first goal for the team since her return from an Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injury which ruled her out of the World Cup.

Francesca Firby and Lucia Bronze completed the rout which was not enough to hand England a place in the latter stage of the Nations League.

The situation also means Great Britain can't qualify for the women's football event of the Olympics next year.

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