Mark Sampson tells England women to keep on improving

Jodie Taylor celebrates completing her hat-trick
Image: Jodie Taylor completes her hat-trick in England's 6-0 win over Scotland

Manager Mark Sampson has told his England players to keep on improving despite their record 6-0 win over Scotland at the Women's European Championship.

England's six-goal victory in their opening game in Utrecht was the highest margin in the history of the tournament.

Jodie Taylor scored the first hat-trick at a European Championship for 20 years while Ellen White, Jordan Nobbs and substitute Toni Duggan all found the back of the net.

Jodie Taylor of England celebrates with Toni Duggan
Image: Taylor celebrates with Toni Duggan

Sampson was thrilled with the performance but he said: "We know it's a work in progress. We're not the finished product yet. We're fighting to be the best we can.

"As I always say to the players, with every good performance they put it, it excites me even more about how far they can go."

He added: "It was always a matter of time before this team would get better. An exciting part is seeing how good they can become over the next hopefully five matches."

Ellen White put England 3-0 up
Image: Ellen White put England 3-0 up in Utrecht

England, who slumped out of the last European Championship with just one point from three games, face Spain on Sunday and Sampson has a word of warning.

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He said: "We know we'll have to produce a performance as good if not better. We've got our heads around Spain. We've got a difficult game on Sunday.

"Spain will be different to Scotland. They'll probably fall over a bit more so we need to be ready for that challenge."

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