SheBelieves Cup: England v USA preview

SheBelieves Cup: England v USA preview

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SheBelieves Cup highlights: USA 2-0 England

It was a 6th defeat in nine video games for Phil Neville’s side, who have struggled for type given that losing to the U.S.A. in the World Cup semi-finals.

The World Cup winners had numerous possibilities – Lindsey Horan and Rose Lavelle were denied in the very first half – while England’s Nikita Parris was offside when she had a close-range header conserved.

England face Japan, ranked 10 th in the world, in their next match at the Red Bull Arena in New Jersey on Sunday, 8 March (19: 00 GMT kick-off), before playing Spain in the final match of the round-robin occasion.

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Caught out at the back

Neville made 5 changes to the starting line-up that directly won 3-2 in the Czech Republic and was without injured right-back Lucy Bronze.

Toolbox protector Leah Williamson – naturally a main defender – was prepared in her location and together with Steph Houghton, Millie Bright and Alex Greenwood had a hard time to handle the runs in behind from the U.S.A.’s forwards.

Lloyd made use of the area in between the centre-backs on several occasions in the very first half, stopping working to capitalise prior to ultimately putting away her possibility to make it 2-0.

Greenwood struggled at left-back and Tobin Heath was a continuous source of danger for the USA out large – putting in crosses and getting on the incorrect side of the Lyon defender.

Heath set up Lloyd in the very first half however the striker’s first-time shot was directly at Carly Telford, who had a busy night in goal for England.

Telford had to look out to palm away a long-range strike from Lavelle in the first half, prior to obstructing Horan’s follow she had handled to squeeze through the two centre-backs.

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Christen Press scores with a peach of a shot

There was absolutely nothing Telford could do about Press’s curling opener though – she was allowed to turn under little pressure as England’s failure to shut down the space was penalized.

The USA went on to dominate the 2nd half and though England had a few half possibilities – a harmful flick-on from Lauren Hemp in the first half that Jill Scott snapped over – they were easily 2nd best against the world champs, who have not conceded a single objective given that the competition in France last summer.

‘ Substantial’ rivalry underwhelms

Prior to this tournament Neville said England’s goal was to “surpass the USA” as the best team on the planet.

But the Lionesses played like a group ranked five locations lower – though they were required to field a weaker group due to injuries to crucial gamers Bronze and Beth Mead.

It was a battle being offered as one of the greatest competitions in ladies’s football and Ballon d’Or winner Megan Rapinoe stated the occasion would be “substantial”.

The U.S.A. fans definitely did their finest to build an environment before kick-off – shouting, banging drums and roaring loudly when their team came out to warm-up, as well as taking pleasure in the fireworks after the nationwide anthems were played.

The 16,00 0 in attendance were dealt with to some exciting football from the USA. Rapinoe delivered bursts of quality when she began as a second-half replacement as England were penned into their half for much of the last 30 minutes.

But all-in-all it was an underwhelming contest in contrast to their conference at the World Cup 8 months ago as England looked 2nd finest in all locations of the pitch.

Analysis – ‘Not in the same bracket as USA’

Former England protector Alex Scott, speaking on BBC Two:

I am looking for positives from this game however we are not in the same bracket as the U.S.A., we are below.

We have a substantial 16 months to raise the level. We need to enter into the home Euros next year much better than we are showing. We require to find a winning mindset. Carli Lloyd controlled us in this match.

If we’re seriously talking about wanting to win gold medals, we require to up our levels in all locations.

Individuals evaluate you on outcomes. As the months go on you require to win, you require to be showing up given all the investment going into them. You require to find a way.

Former England forward Lianne Sanderson, speaking on BBC Two:

I feel we have taken huge advances prior to however I believe we have actually reversed. It appeared like it could have been 4 or 5.

I don’t think Phil Neville got the best out of the players tonight. We look scrappy and there are players on that team who I understand can do much better than they are.

I do not want to sound too unfavorable but that just wasn’t good enough.

Player of the match – Carli Lloyd

Carli Lloyd scored three times at the 2019 World Cup and continued that remarkable kind in Orlando

‘ We had opportunities to be ruthless’ – what they said

England manager Phil Neville: “I don’t see a team that did not have confidence in terms of the method we want to play. I see a group trying to play properly and it feels as if we are so close however yet so far at this moment.

” The very first objective was a marvel objective. The 2nd objective was a lapse in concentration. We had chances in the video game, opportunities to be callous, and we didn’t really commit to it.”

England forward Lauren Hemp on her very first start: “It was an actually tough match and obviously getting my first start against the very best group the world is massive. It’s those games that I want to be playing in, so I loved every minute of it and grew in confidence as the game went on. Now we need to return to training and recover.

” That’s probably the biggest game I have actually played in, standing out in that national anthem with all the fireworks going off. It’s a moment where I resembled: ‘Wow, this is what worldwide football is actually like.’ I ‘d like to be in more celebrations like that and be one of the stars in the video game.”

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