ELLA TOONE helped England mount a miraculous comeback after a first half disaster against Holland n the Women’s Nations League
The Lioness’s dramatic Wembley winner in a 3-2 winner saved her side’s bacon and helped keep Great Britain’s football team’s Olympic qualifying dreams alive.
Toone’s late goal has kept England’s hopes aliveCredit: Rex
On her 50th appearance Toone’s pal Lauren Hemp gave Sarina Wiegman’s side a glimmer of hope of maintaining their chance of reaching the games in Paris.
And it came after a first half that went pear-shaped for the World Cup finalists.
England started brightly with Lauren James heading over in the third minute.
Later the Chelsea star drove through the middle and fed Hemp the ball with in-form Lioness firing wide of Daphnne van Domselaar’s goals.
The past few Women’s Nations League have seen the Lionesses wobble with their results under Sarina Wiegman following a ruthless winning run that saw a number of big-hitting rivals dispatched.
And after a strong start it was backs against the wall time for her side when they went behind against the run of play.
Holland had just two shots on target in the first spell
And they used those to punish England’s defensive issues in the game.
Toone ran back to put the ball on the spot in order for England to try and run up the scorelineCredit: Rex
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A superbly weighted ball from Victoria Pelova was dropped neatly into the path of Holland striker Lineth Beerensteyn.
And she bamboozled Jess Carter with the defender colliding with Lucy Bronze before Beerensteyn rifled in a 12th minute opener prompting jeers from the crowd.
The visitors doubled their lead after a calamitous moment at the back for the hosts in the 35th minute.
A ball bounced into the penalty box with the defence failing to clear
And Beerensteyn’s hit a tame shot that trickled past the glove of Mary Earps and into goal.
The second half saw the hosts ring the changes with Beth Mead making her first England appearance since last November replacing Chloe Kelly.
They pulled a goal back with Georgia Stanway’s header before Hemp sent the crowd into delirium with a curled effort at the post seconds later.
And Toone completed a dream comeback bagging an injury-time winner that gives England hope of sealing an Olympic spot for Team GB.