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England's Rouse and George savouring home finals

England may have succumbed to Italy in their Group A opener, but spirits are still high on the part of Mollie Rouse, who celebrated her birthday on Wednesday, and Gabrielle George.

England's Rouse and George savouring home finals
England's Rouse and George savouring home finals ©UEFA.com

Despite a 1-0 loss to Italy on matchday one, England pair Mollie Rouse and Gabrielle George remain intent on enjoying their time in the limelight as UEFA European Women's Under-17 Championship hosts.

"[Tuesday's game] was brilliant. Whenever we got the ball, there was so much energy. Everyone wanted the ball and to perform well," said midfielder Rouse after entertaining a tournament record crowd of 2,185 in Telford. "It was a great atmosphere and there were so many people supporting us. We didn't want to let them down and we performed really well. It was a new experience for us all and now we're ready for the next one."

A desire to learn and improve is shared by both players, meanwhile, with St George's Park providing an ideal environment for doing just that. "It's such a good experience," said Rouse, the youngest player in the England squad having turned 15 on Wednesday. "All the players are really close, we all have a laugh, but we also know when to be serious. I miss my family, but it's so good to be here. It's very inspiring."

The Three Lionesses tackle Austria in their next Group A assignment on Friday, and centre-back George is thinking positive. "In many ways we were underdogs and nobody expected us to play as well as we did [against Italy]. We should have at least got a draw, but now we've got to be ready for the next game."

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