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England head into Under-20s World Cup semi-final ready to show their moves

A pre-match dance-off has helped the Young Lionesses make the final four in France.

Mo Marley has guided England’s Under-20s women to the World Cup semi-finals (Adam Davy/PA)
Mo Marley has guided England’s Under-20s women to the World Cup semi-finals (Adam Davy/PA)

Anna Patten and her team-mates will be hoping that England’s Under-20s can prove they have got talent when they meet Japan for a place in the World Cup final.

The Young Lionesses beat Holland 2-1 in the last eight to reach the semi-finals of the Under-20s World Cup for the first time.

A meeting with Japan in Vannes now stands between them and a place in the final – with Patten revealing a dance routine has helped Mo Marley’s side make it this far.

“The other day, we had time off in the evening and we thought ‘let’s put on a talent show’,” she told

“We all got split into groups of five and had a singing portion, a dancing portion, and a ‘whatever you want to amuse the judges’.

“In the dancing one, my group of five came up with that dance routine and went on to win the talent show.

“The girls loved it so much and it’s such an uplifting song, it just gets us ready, gets us going. We like doing it before training and obviously, we like doing it before matches now.”

The dance was set to Lil Mama’s hit ‘Lip Gloss’ and full-back Patten insists the team will keep their unique preparations in place heading into their historic semi-final clash.

“Every little thing we do is to go and use that and help us win,” she added.

“Now, all the focus turns to the semi-final, and we’ll keep doing our fun, little things.

“We do quizzes and all of that because it’s important to keep the team in good spirits, going into matches. I think that really helps our team togetherness.”

Hosts France or Spain will be waiting in the final if England can get past Japan, with Manchester City striker Georgia Stanway looking to add to her five tournament goals.

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