England Women u17s defeated Slovakia 6-0 and have qualified for the Elite Round.

Arsenal’s winger Lauren James and midfielder Ava Kuyken started the game, while Paige Bailey-Gayle and Lia Cataldo were named as substitutes.

Cataldo came on as a sub for the last eleven minutes. Lauren James got two goals including a penalty and an assist from a free-kick for the opening goal. Ebony Salmon scored twice, while Hannah Griffin and Simran Jhamat got on the scoresheet too.

England (4-4-2): 1 Fran Stenson (Birmingham City); 10 Jess Woolley (Bristol City), Naomi Hartley (capt; Liverpool), 15 Lucy Roberts (Liverpool), 12 Asmita Ale (Aston Villa); 7 Simran Jhamat (Liverpool), 20 Ava Kuyken (Arsenal), 4 Aimee Everett (Liverpool), 11 Lauren James (Arsenal); 8 Hannah Griffin (FC Saarbrucken), 9 Ebony Salmon (Aston Villa).

Substitutes: 2 Kiera Skeels (Southampton) for Roberts 61, 16 Emma Brown (Teesside Girls) for Everett 61, 14 Lia Cataldo (Arsenal) for Jhamat 69.

England and Scotland have six points after two games, with England ahead on goal difference.

The top two in each group and the five third-placed sides with the best record against the leading pair in their group accompany top seeds Germany into the 28-team elite round. Seven nations will eventually qualify for the finals to join Lithuania.

England and Scotland are through to the Elite Round alongside the following teams: Poland, Switzerland, Spain, Iceland, Republic Of Ireland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, France, Denmark, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Hungary, Norway, Serbia, Belgium, Austria and Portugal.

Elite round draw (Nyon): 24 November 2017
Elite round: spring 2018
Finals draw (Lithuania): April 2018
Final tournament (Lithuania): 9–21 May 2018

The top three teams at the final tournament will also qualify for the FIFA u17 Women’s World Cup to be played in Uruguay late in 2018.