England Women 6, Scotland Women 0: Jodie Taylor follows in footsteps of Gary Lineker as Lionesses begin European Championship campaign in style

 
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Taylor netted a hat-trick as England thrashed Scotland (Source: Getty)

Hat-trick hero Jodie Taylor talked up her side’s chances of conquering the continent after the Lionesses began their European Championship campaign with a resounding victory over rivals Scotland in Utrecht.

Arsenal striker Taylor became the first England player since Gary Lineker in 1986 to score a treble at an international tournament, while Ellen White, Jordan Nobbs and Toni Duggan also found the net.

The victory was England Women’s biggest in terms of margin at a major competition, eclipsing their 6-1 win over Argentina at the 2007 World Cup, and propelled them to the summit of Group D.

“We’re on a roll,” said Taylor. “We’ve been on form for a while, we’ve had great preparation and we’re really together as a group and all having fun. I’m so glad we got three points tonight. It’s special.”

Taylor, who only made her England debut in 2014 at the age of 28, slotted home her first before converting from a narrow angle to give her side a dream start. White prodded a third as Taylor expertly lobbed Scotland goalkeeper Gemma Fay for her hat-trick strike.

Nobbs volleyed past Fay inside the final five minutes before new Barcelona signing Duggan glanced in a sixth late on.