England: Have Phil Neville’s team gone backwards since Women’s World Cup?

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By Alistair Magowan
BBC Sport
Should England fans and players”thank their lucky stars” Phil Neville is in charge?
The Lionesses director’s claim was said in jest, but after defeat Norway in their friendlies because the World Cup and a draw in Belgium, his stock has risen.
Despite TV viewers for complete and England’s World Cup matches in France, questions remain if these players may implement them and about their strategies.
The street to hosting Euro 2021 enables plenty of time to enhance.
Neville has said he would like to take risks and transfer players throughout the forthcoming friendlies of England.
However, are we any closer to learning more about his team and Neville following all these Norway and Belgium outcomes?
Neville occasionally says the wrong thing, such as at the World Cup when he predicted the third-place defeat Sweden a”nonsense” game.
Ahead of the 3-3 draw with Belgium a week he said he regretted with that phrase, but contended it summed up his disappointment after dropping into the United States days before.
Back in Norway, Neville said he had”a fantasy and bravery that no other trainer gets, therefore thank your lucky stars. I am here to stay”.
It worked, if it had been meant to ruffle feathers, and it chimed with his intention.
He says it’s all a part of the plan to choose the Lionesses into another level before hosting the Championship in two decades’ time.
Former England captain Casey Stoney said she had no issue with Neville’s words,” including:”It’s a British mindset where you have to be modest, negative and sometimes booked and I don’t think there is anything wrong with saying you are good sometimes.”
True enough when England are to have a similar attitude to World Cup winners United Statesthey need to back this up with results.
Neville is to deliver on that front, Regardless of winning the SheBelieves Cup March. At least his own standards.
In blunt terms, Neville took England backward at the World Cup, with missed out with a medal achieved under Mark Sampson at Canada four years ago.
Neville would assert that it is going to take time where he needs his group to perform out of the back to instil a brand new style.
The draw also came before the beginning of the Women’s Super League, and also defeat by Norway, who they beat against Belgium, rated 14 areas below England, meaning players are return to full fitness.
But in Belgium, Neville did not take that even if he had been critical of his team’s mistakes, having worked ahead of the game all week on shape.
The worries are England’s vulnerability from the back from their supply and wide locations.
In their last four matches the side of Neville have conceded six goals from two and crosses from corners.
Defenders Steph Houghton along with Millie Bright gave away the ball in positions that were hazardous, resulting in targets against Belgium and Norway.
Irrespective of their desire to play with grand soccer, before it becomes a target for the opposition, England need to enhance that portion of the sport.
Moving Lucy Bronze that is right-back into midfield has been a subtext to the experimentation of Neville with England, but it has been over-played.
Bronze adds force and want to England’s midfield, but she is to the likes of regular midfielders Izzy Christiansen and Jill Scott Nobbs, who are recovering from injury or being rested.
In that role she’s well-suited, where they’ve proven unsafe, but going from leaves a pit on the flanks of England.
“Against Norway there has been a lack of clarity in how England wanted to play with,” said former England goalkeeper Rachel Brown-Finnis. “Overlapping full-backs were England’s identity in the World Cup and that I don’t think we had a DNA contrary to Norway.”
Positives in the two friendlies were restricted, however, the light one of the group has been midfielder Georgia Stanway, whose purpose lit up the first half of Norway.
Never one to shy away by shooting, the Manchester City player fired first-time to the upper corner to give England the lead.
She set up Jodie Taylor for the opening goal against Belgium with a carefully weighted pass after a.
Stanway has been unlucky to not feature over the underwhelming Fran Kirby, and left her World Cup debut in France, but did not seem especially against Japan.
With the Chelsea midfielder injured for this latest trip, Stanway may have given Neville a nudge that she might deserve to continue to her location when England take on Brazil on 5 October at Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium.
The 20-year-old has backed up Neville’s judgement when he talked of her”world-class potential” in the World Cup.
He wants to prove he has similar attributes prior to his words start to sound hollow.
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