04 Jul England Women: Lionesses director Phil Neville states there isn’t any blame for captain Steph Houghton despite penalty miss against USA
The England boss stood with his captain after popping from the Women’s World Cup semi-final, stating the Manchester City defender was’amazing’
England girls director Phil Neville rallied behind captain Steph Houghton afterwards she watched her punishment saved from the Lionesses’ catastrophic Women’s World Cup semi-final depart to the U.S. women’s nationwide team.
Houghton awakened following a VAR review adjudged Ellen White to have been fouled by Becky Sauerbrunn, but saw a scuffed effort easily saved by goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher.
However England had depended on that the 31-year-old’s direction and inspirational defending during the championship — and Neville had nothing but praise for her.
“I could not ask for much more,” he told BBC Sport.
“We had the time of our lives. Steph Houghton has had an unbelievable year. She is an awesome individual on and away from the pitch.
“She will be angry. She has been phenomenal. No blame ought to be attached to her”
England’s dream collapsed around them in the second half as they watched the punishment missed,” White’s apparent equaliser ruled out by VAR to get a fractional offside, along with Millie Bright deservedly sent off on to get another yellow.
But director Neville was delighted with the quality and character exhibited by his own side against the winners and also the planet’s number one-ranked side.
“We simply ran out of steam. I requested them to perform football how we wanted. We have done our very best. I have told them no more tears tonight,” he explained.
“The disallowed goal was offside, we have had VAR choices go our way. We obtained on together with it. Millie Bright should not have been reserved in the first half.
“The participant was not actually in charge of the match. Then we moved to three in the trunk and got stretched.
“That is football. That is sport. You have got to pick up up. We have got a large game on Saturday. We are going to go again.”
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England will find out on Wednesday their competitors because of Saturday’s third-place play-off match, together with the Netherlands and surprise bundle Sweden taking into the area in the 2nd semi-final.
The game will be a opportunity for your Lionesses to proceed beyond Tuesday’s disappointment and finish the championship on a top, before resetting and anticipating another contest.
With Euro 2021 hosted on home land, England will be expecting Tuesday’s drawback is merely one more measure on a bigger travel towards vindication at a significant tournament.