England Women's player ratings vs Scotland: Rachel Daly stakes her claim to be the Lionesses' starting No.9 while Katie Zelem shines as Nations League campaign starts with a win

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England kicked off their first-ever UEFA Women's Nations League campaign with a win against neighbors Scotland on Friday night, with goals from Lucy Bronze and Lauren Hemp giving them all three points despite a strike from Kirsty Hanson halving the deficit on half time.

The Lionesses started well and could've gone ahead even earlier than they did, with Rachel Daly unlucky to see a header ruled out for offside after Chloe Kelly was judged to have been interfering with play from an offside position. Instead, it was Bronze that broke the deadlock, heading Katie Zelem's wonderful cross into the bottom corner to do so.

A few minutes later, it was two. Daly won the ball back brilliantly in the Scotland half and picked out Hemp with an equally fantastic cross but that two-goal cushion was cut short almost immediately, as Hanson capitalized on some sloppy England defending to make it 2-1.

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The Lionesses were far from their best in the second half but that sloppiness went unpunished by Scotland, who hit the bar through Hanson, allowing the European champions to start the new competition with three points on the board.

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