03 Jul Women’s World Cup: England director Phil Neville states Lionesses will grab with’standard-bearers’ USWNT
The Lionesses director believes his side are on that the ideal path despite being defeated by the reigning Women’s World Cup winners
The United States might have beaten England to go back to the Women’s World Cup final, but Phil Neville is adamant his Lionesses will gradually bridge the difference.
England endured a third consecutive semi-final defeat in a significant championship as Jill Ellis’ defending champions claimed a 2-1 success in Lyon even with no injured Megan Rapinoe to achieve their third straight closing.
Rapinoe’s replacement, Christen Press, led at the initial and though Ellen White equalised for the Lionesses, Alex Morgan scored what was the winner since Steph Houghton had a late penalty saved by USA goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher.
USA is now able to move into England’s resort, together with members of the backroom team with controversially done before the semi-final, but Neville cautioned they won’t stay on their perch forever with noticed how his old team Manchester United have fought since Alex Ferguson’s retirement 2013.
“They could now have our resort,” Neville joked.
“They are the standard-bearers. I performed for a football club which acquired a whole lot in a very long distance of time. We’re the ones who everybody wanted to grab.
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“Finally teams captured Man United and finally we’ll grab USA. At the moment they are the finest team due to the winning attitude.
“We will arrive, we’re closing the gap.
“We have got to keep investing in the pathway, forcing criteria inside our leagues and youthful players. We have got to maintain having ongoing success and keep building the momentum that we have got.
“America have that winning mindset of understanding what it means to triumph. We’ll get that, we are learning that, creating that, training that each and every moment.
“It does not occur overnight, it takes time. We’ll arrive.”
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England pushed their vaunted competitions hard, especially in the second half, when White watched a goal disallowed with a fractional offside call and ruler Steph Houghton missed a punishment.
The Lionesses will probably want to bounce back with a win at the third-place play-off against the Netherlands or Sweden on Saturday, before Sunday’s closing.
From that point, heads will be throw farther ahead with all the 2020 Olympics and Euro 2021 second on the program. Neville is forecast to direct a Team GB side-by-side by England players in the Olympics, together with all the Euros to be hauled on house land.