By Caroline Chapman
BBC Sport at the Academy Stadium, Manchester
England supervisor Phil Neville mentioned he’s going to “no longer cease believing” despite his aspect losing their opening World Cup warm-up match against Canada.
The Lionesses, who are as a lot as third on the planet rankings and ought to be amongst the favourites for this summer season’s tournament in France, fell within the wait on of with 9 minutes to high-tail after a faucet-in from Canadian stalwart Christine Sinclair.
His aspect had recovered from a sloppy first half to way shut watch over the sport after the destroy, but Toni Duggan and Nikita Parris – amongst others – couldn’t convert
But Neville mentioned he felt “relaxed” observing his aspect at a noisy Manchester City Academy Stadium, including: “It used to be the kind of test we wanted against an experienced crew. We handled most issues successfully.
“We played many of the 2d half in their half and I seen issues I cherished and would possibly presumably perchance make on. I’m overjoyed with my players. “
England, who won the SheBelieves Cup in March, face Spain at Swindon’s County Ground on Tuesday (kick-off 19:00 BST) within the 2d of their four pre-World Cup friendlies.
“I will impression changes,” mentioned Neville. “Lucy Bronze and Steph Houghton are out after struggling knocks. It is miles a ****** for about a players to bag some freshness and way shut the momentum going ahead.
“This doesn’t cease us from believing or happening the boulevard where we ought to.”
Canada bag their revenge
The closing time these two aspects met there were pleased celebrations for the Lionesses as targets from Jodie Taylor and Lucy Bronze despatched England thru to the World Cup semi-finals on Canadian soil.
This time it used to be the net site visitors who walked away with the steal.
England’s intent to play it out from the wait on used to be clear, but they gave away quite a bit of loose balls within the first half which Canada did no longer save away – their easiest shot on blueprint from Sinclair used to be saved by Karen Bardsley.
Bronze – arguably the arena’s handiest appropriate-wait on – used to be as soon as more ragged in midfield as Neville makes an are trying to mildew a crew in a position to succeeding in France.
Dilapidated England defender Alex Scott mentioned afterwards the high-tail had no longer labored but there were positives someplace else for Neville.
Manchester City ahead Parris seemed a constant threat and he or she helped spark existence into the England crew, who seemed electrical at cases.
On the change hand, they did no longer convert in front of purpose. Duggan dragged her shot vast from shut vary, whereas goalkeeper Stephanie Labbe saved successfully from Karen Carney.
Sinclair, who at 35 is aiming for her fifth World Cup, at closing snatched the winner when she poked residence from shut vary after Nichelle Prince’s strike used to be compelled on to the bar. It used to be Sinclair’s One hundred and eightieth world purpose.
Seemingly file-breakers and World Cup finals
If every England and Canada steal their respective groups at the World Cup in France, they’d presumably perchance meet within the final in Lyon on 7 July.
And if Sinclair makes the squad, she is going to fetch a ****** of breaking American Abby Wambach’s world file for world targets. Presently, the Canada captain is factual four targets within the wait on of.
“It is an honour to be chasing Abbey Wambach’s file down and to bag it over with nonetheless it is no longer one thing we ought to be focusing on,” she mentioned.
“These are the games you are residing for, the finest preparation for the World Cup and two groups that will high-tail moderately a ways within the tournament.”
Canada supervisor Kenneth Heiner-Moller added: “This used to be a huge step for us and by a ways the handiest opponent now we fetch played this twelve months. We glimpse correct and professional correct and won so we leave England fully pleased.”