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Canada's Nichelle Prince celebrates after scoring the second goal against England in the International Women's Friendly Soccer match between England and Canada at Bet365 Stadium


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England The women fell to a second straight loss as two defensive errors gave Canada a friendly 2-0 victory at bet365 Stadium.

In what was England’s last chance to impress interim boss Hege Riise ahead of his squad’s announcement from the GB squad for the Tokyo Olympics, the Lionesses handed the victory to a side who occupies two places below them in the world ranking.

A defensive failure in the third minute by Demi Stokes was tackled by Evelyne Viens, who gave Canada the lead with a raised finish over England goalkeeper Carly Telford.

Jordan Nobbs saw a free kick tipped over the bar by Canadian goaltender Stephanie Labbe, and Lauren Hemp was denied a brilliant solo goal by a crucial challenge from Vanessa Gilles as the Lionesses failed to return to the match.

And, with five minutes remaining, their hopes were dashed when seasoned England goalkeeper Karen Bardsley failed to clear the ball to her goal line and Nichelle Prince regrouped the decisive effort on the line. .

Lionesses contribute to their own downfall

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Evelyne Viens celebrates after giving Canada a head start

England were keen to respond to Friday’s 3-1 loss to France, but found themselves behind in three minutes.

Janine Beckie played a deep ball to Veins, who was coming back from an offside position, but England defender Stokes intercepted it, lost control and offered the ball to the Canadian forward who was converted before Telford exposed.

Georgia Stanway saw two tame efforts go wide in the first half, including a daring effort from a distance as she spotted Canadian goaltender Labbe out of her line.

Nobbs moved closer to the Lionesses when his free kick on the edge of the box was swung to the crossbar by Labbe.

The second half saw England enjoy most of the possession, featuring players like Ella Toone, Bardsley, Chloe Kelly and Lucy Bronze all looking to impress Riise ahead of her squad selection for the GB squad. , but the chances were limited and Canada was seldom threatened.

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Prince was delighted with his late strike to seal victory

It took England until the 80th minute to come back on the verge of coming back into the game, but Hemp was denied a brilliant solo goal by a crucial challenge from Gilles.

Canada wrapped up the win when Prince took advantage of another lack of focus to score a second. Alternate goalkeeper Bardsley failed to clear a back pass from England captain Millie Bright, and Prince blocked the clearance and bundled the ball over the goal line.

Despite the threat and creativity in the midfield, with players like Nobbs and Stanway impressive, England were unable to capitalize and Canada saw the game to secure the victory.

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