England beat Germany to lift Arnold Clark Cup

Thursday, 24th February — By Steve Barnett

England v Germany - Arnold Clark Cup - Molineux Stadium

Millie Bright celebrates putting England 2-1 ahead in last night’s Arnold Clark Cup win over Germany. Photo: Daniela Porcelli/Sports Press Photo

ENGLAND dramatically rewrote the history books last night (Wednesday) when they thumped ­Germany to win the inaugural Arnold Clark Cup.

Captained by Arsenal midfielder Leah Williamson, the Lionesses stormed to a 3-1 ­victory at Molineux to become the first side to lift the trophy.

Sarina Wiegman’s side got off to the perfect start when former Gunners striker Ellen White scored her 49th England goal on 15 minutes.

But the visitors hit back to level the scores thanks to a brilliant free-kick from Germany ­captain Lina Magull.

With the clock ticking down, it looked like the four-team tournament was going to be won by Spain, who had beaten Canada 1-0 in the earlier kick-off to top the group.

That all changed in the final six minutes, ­however, when Chelsea’s Millie Bright and Fran Kirby added their names to the scoresheet to seal the ­silverware.

The win also ended a run of 26 games without victory over Germany on English soil, with the Lionesses’ only previous win against their rivals coming in extra-time of the 2015 World Cup third-place play-off.

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