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SCOTLAND'S women must still be thinking "what if" as they watch England's serene progress to the last four of the World Cup.

Shelley Kerr's side played their best football in the second half of their Auld Enemy opener and eventually went down 2-1. We remain the only side to have scored against Phil Neville's side who have won all five and look stronger each game.

Two of the semi-finalists are known and the other two places will be booked tonight with Germany facing Sweden and Italy up against Holland.

Germany have won all four matches to nil and are 8-11 with Coral to sink the Swedes.

Italy have been one of the surprises of the tournament and have a chance of shocking a Dutch side who are packed with quality but don't play as a team.

Vivianne Miedema, Lieke Martens, Shanice van de Sanden and Danielle van de Donk are an incredible attacking quartet but Italy's front three of Barbara Bonansea, Cristiana Girelli and Valentina Giacinti have been equally impressive although there is a doubt over Girelli.

The Italians have a poor h2h record but look big at 27-10 with Unibet so consider them plus one at 3-4 with bet365 against the 2017 European champions.

England weren't so successful at the European Under-21 Championship as they crashed out at the group stage with two defeats and a draw.

France and Romania took them apart but both nations lost in the semi-finals as Germany and Spain set up a final meeting tomorrow.

Spain have looked the best side throughout the Italy tournament and I'm on them at 13-10 with bet365.

Germany, who haven't yet kept a clean sheet, are 9-4 at Unibet with the draw 5-2 with Ladbrokes.


TOP TALENT Viv Miedema

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Geographic Code:4EUGE
Date:Jun 29, 2019
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