Lydia Bedford’s Young Lionesses began their Qualifying Round with a 9-0 hammering of host nation Kazakhstan.
Lydia Bedford is managing the team in Kazakhstan as the regular manager Mo Marley is busy with the senior side, having been named interim manager for three games.
Arsenal’s Anna Filbey and Taylor Hinds started in the 9-0 win, with Jess N’Gunga alongside former Gunner Laura Hooper on the bench. The two starters got a goal each, with Taylor scoring a long range shot and Anna a clinical striker finish.
The qualifying round is played as a round-robin system, with four teams in each group. Wales and Slovenia are the other two sides with England and Kazakhstan.
The top two in each qualifying round group, plus the four third-placed teams with the best record against the top-two in their section progress to the Elite Round, drawn in November and played in April or June.
The finals will be played in Switzerland from July 18-30. A good number of eligible players for the u19 team are not involved as they have been selected for the France u20 World Cup, to be played in August.