England’s Lionesses are frustrated by Czech Republic but remain undefeated in a goalless draw

ENGLAND’S unbeaten run remains intact but the European champions found themselves at the Amex with a goalless draw from a stubborn Czech Republic.

Lauren James hit the woodwork early on a night that marked Lucy Bronze’s 100th performance as lionesses.

Bronze was awarded to England for their 100th cap at the Amex on Tuesday night

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Bronze was awarded to England for their 100th cap at the Amex on Tuesday nightCredit: PA

England, lacking Georgia Stanway’s stubborn forward drive and Alessia Russo’s header threat, had to fight hard to beat their rivals.

And for the first time they went without a goal in a game under their series winner Sarina Wiegman.

On International Girls’ Day, the stars of Wiegman tried to show scores of schoolchildren about girl power on the field at Brighton.

Following this summer’s European Championships, England’s stars are urging policymakers to increase girls’ access to football training in the country’s schools.

And her recent performances could be seen as a strong argument for her call for more chances to play in school for young women who dream of becoming the next generation’s top professionals.

After a turbulent 2-1 friendly win over four-time world champions USA, Wiegman’s side had just issued another warning to their rivals ahead of next year’s World Cup.

They wanted to do this in a stadium where they had memories of their 8-0 European Championship against Norway and their tough round of 16 knockout against Spain at Euro.

But Karel Rada’s well-trained Czech team had other ideas.

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The last duel between England and the Czech Republic ended in November 2019 with a narrow 3-2 away win for the Lionesses.

Before the game, Beth Mead described England’s opponents as a difficult side.

This proved to be the case, with Rada’s side long frustrating the Euro winners with a somber defence.

James, making his senior debut, hit the woodwork in the fourth minute just after Czech Klara Cahynova fired a shot over the bar.

James brought Lauren Hemp into the box in the 23rd minute but her strike wasn’t powerful and was easily claimed by goalkeeper Olivie Lukasova.

At the other end, a well-timed block from Alex Greenwood prevented Andrea Staskova from getting a clean shot just before half-time.

In the second half, Beth Mead came into play and the presence of England’s player of the year made the difference by injecting some energy into the hosts’ attacking play.

Mead’s cross in the 50th minute found Hemp in the box before the striker headed over the goal.

And the European Championship top scorer almost gave the hosts the lead from a Millie Bright cross before England hit the post in the 59th minute.

Fran Kirby forced an impressive save from Lukasova when the keeper tipped her shot over the bar before Mead circled a try wide of the post.

The tie thus ended goalless, meaning England extend their streak to 24 games ahead of November’s friendlies against Japan and Norway.

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