On this day in 2017: Jodie Taylor scores a hat-trick against Scotland at the Euros

Jodie Taylor made history by becoming the first England player to score a hat-trick at a major tournament on this day five years ago.

Ellen White, Jordan Nobbs and substitute Toni Duggan were also on target as the Lionesses cruised to a 6-0 win over Scotland in their Group D opener at Euro 2017.

Taylor – then of Arsenal – gave his country a 2-0 lead in 26 minutes in Utrecht before writing his name in the record books by netting a brilliant hat-trick with a lobbed finish early in the second half.

The widely-traveled striker has been selected for the tournament in the Netherlands by manager Mark Sampson after suffering an injury season with the Gunners.

“The hat trick meant a lot to me,” Taylor, then 31, said. “The last two years have been tough. Just being here fit and healthy is a huge achievement.

“I want to thank the doctors for putting me in the right place, and to Mark for always believing in me and having faith in me, because without that I wouldn’t be here.”

Taylor – who now plays for the USA team San Diego Wave, managed by Casey Stoney – finished as the competition’s top scorer with five goals, including winning England’s quarter-final against France.

Jodie Taylor completed her hat-trick at Euro 2017 against Scotland with a fine lofted finish (Mike Egerton/PA)

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But the Lionesses’ quest for glory ended with a 3-0 semi-final loss to hosts – and eventual winners – the Netherlands in Enschede.

Speaking after Taylor’s hat-trick, boss Sampson said: “Since we’ve known Jodie, I think everyone knows she’s a world-class player.

“Of course you need the serve, but what Jodie has added to her game over the last 12 months in particular is her ability to be an instinctive finisher.”

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