England failed to overcome a bizarre scenario in which they had to thrash British rivals Scotland to help Team GB qualify for next year’s Olympic Games. The Lionesses had to outscore the Netherlands’ victory over Belgium by at least three goals, but a 6-0 demolition at Hampden Park ultimately was not enough in a game critics argued was a conflict of interest.
It was argued that Scotland effectively had to accept being smashed by their neighbours to give their players a chance of competing for Team GB in Paris in 2024. The Scotland camp slammed that notion as ‘disrespectful’.
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