Manchester City winger Lauren Hemp scored and claimed an assist as the England women sent a chilling message to the rest of the competition, beating defending champions the Netherlands 5-1 at Elland Road.
Lucy Bronze equalized in the 32nd minute after Lieke Martens had given the Dutch the lead ten minutes earlier. Bronze picked up a stray ball down the right and her intentional cross to the backstick went off the post, much to everyone’s surprise, including the former blue herself.
And, when Sherida Spitse hit the post with a penalty in the 52n/a minute the Lionesses went straight to the other end, with Hemp providing the final ball to Beth Mead to put England 2-1 up.
VAR had ruled City centre-back Alex Greenwood had brought down former Arsenal striker Danielle van de Donk, and after Spitse smashed his kick against the woodwork, England broke up. Hemp curled a brilliant cross into the box towards Mead, and the Arsenal star made no mistake as he sent England 2-1 up.
Hemp was involved again when they took out United‘s Ella Toone on the left. Toone took his time before curling a shot on goal that went straight into the keeper’s hands for 3-1 in 72 minutes.
Hemp made it four 2 minutes later with a superb striker in the far corner. Bronze stormed into the box and the ball fell for Toone. The striker managed to wrap her foot around the ball, only to see her cannon fire at the post. The ball rang around the area and a low clearance fell only nicely on Hemp, and his left-footed volley found the back of the goal.
Mead went 5-1 in the 90se minute after some good footwork in the area, as England maintained their unbeaten run under new coach Sarina Wiegman.