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Kirby impresses in England cameo

23 November 2014

Royals star plays final 30 minutes at Wembley

Fran Kirby played the final half an hour as England's Womens were beaten 3-0 by Germany in front of 45,619 spectators at Wembley Stadium.

The 21-year-old, who became Reading's first professional female player earlier this month, began amongst the substitute's bench and could only watch on as Germany raced into a two-goal lead. 

Alex Scott headed through her own net on six minutes and visiting captain Celia Sasic then ran half the length of the pitch ti slot home a second. 

The Three Lions had rattled the crossbar after just nine seconds when Jordan Nobbs let fly from range but it was 3-0 before the break as Sasic nodded home her second just before the half-time whistle.

Kirby's moment arrived on 62 minutes when she replaced Eni Aluko and the Caversham resident injected some pace into Mark Sampson's side. 

A couple of tricky dribbles forward kept the German defence on their toes. She almost created herself a sight of goal 10 minutes from time, having wriggled beyond two challenges, but was eventually dispossessed on the edge of the box.

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