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England are the first nation to host an eight-sided UEFA European Women's Under-17 Championship having qualified for the inaugural finals in 2008.

England ©Gabor Baricsa

England qualified for the first four-team UEFA European Women's Under-17 Championship in 2008 and five years on are staging the inaugural eight-sided final tournament.

Lois Fidler has been in charge since the squad first came together in September 2007, steering England to the semi-finals of both the European Championship and the FIFA U-17 World Cup in their first season. Since then, Fidler's side have failed to reach a major tournament but now have the opportunity to prove themselves on home soil.

Friendly results in 2013/14: Denmark 3-4, Norway 1-1, Sweden 1-4, Iceland 2-0 (all Nordic Tournament, Iceland), United States 0-6 (h, Hinckley), Wales 5-0 (h, Telford)

Key players
Leah Williamson (defender, Arsenal LFC), Keira Walsh (midfielder, Blackburn Rovers LFC), Ashleigh Plumptre (forward, Birmingham City LFC)

Coach: Lois Fidler

Date of birth: 28 July 1975
Nationality: English
Playing career:
Leyton Orient LFC
Coaching career: England women's U17

A player with Leyton Orient, Fidler worked as a football development officer for the men's club in east London before joining the Football Association (FA). A UEFA A-licence coach since July 2004, she has also worked with the U15, U19 and U23 squads as part of the FA's successful female set-up as well as being the centre manager for the FA Women's National Player Development Centre.

Fidler accepted the U17 role in 2007 in time for the first season of the European Championship and led England all the way to the four-team finals and FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup semis in New Zealand.

UEFA European Women's U17 Championship best
Fourth place: 2008

Honours in other UEFA women's competitions
UEFA European Women's U19 Championship
Winners: 2009
Runners-up: 2007, 2010, 2013

UEFA European Women's Championship
Runners-up: 1984, 2009