Doncaster Belles: England Duo set for Italy showdown

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Doncaster Rovers Belles and England duo Jemma Purfield and Ellie Wilkinson have the chance to clinch a UEFA European Women’s under-17s bronze medal following yesterday’s semi-final defeat.

Two-time winners Spain ended the hopes of hosts England with a 3-0 victory in the Championships last night.

Both of Belles’ 16-year-old forwards featured in the Young Lionesses’ defeat at Burton Albion FC’s ground yesterday.

Jorge Vilda’s side went into a 16th minute lead through Andrea Sánchez before second half strikes came from Pilar Garrote and Sánchez.

Spain will now face Germany in a showpiece final in Chesterfield on Sunday (6pm).

England are set to face Italy in the third-place clash at Burton’s ground (1pm).

Photos of Purfield (wearing number three) and Wilkinson (pictured): Julian Barker.