England Women 0-1 New Zealand Women: Lionesses lose final World Cup warm-up


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England lose to Modern Zealand 1-0 in their final match forward of the Ladies folk’s World Cup in France

England ladies’s supervisor Phil Neville insists his facet’s defeat in their final heat-up game is no longer going to alternate their preparations for the Ladies folk’s World Cup.

The Lionesses were overwhelmed by a resilient Modern Zealand at Brighton’s Amex Stadium, with Sarah Gregorius scoring the sport’s most attention-grabbing design early within the 2nd half of.

“A execrable consequence is rarely going to alternate the manner we pace about issues,” Neville suggested BBC Sport. “The players know we are on the valid notice.

“It turned into once frustrating, we played some if truth be told simply football but once they got a design it turned into once continuously going to be difficult. The ladies gave the entirety, they’ve worked challenging.”

Neville revealed in his post-match press conference that England were lacking four players on Saturday thanks to ‘minor knocks’.

But he burdened out that Demi Stokes, Rachel Daly, Mary Earps and Jade Moore might tranquil all resume practising on Wednesday, and none of them were doubts for 9 June’s Scotland game.

“The disappointing component is that we got an improbable crowd here and we admire now got no longer got the plan shut they deserved. The real component begins next week,” Neville added.

“Obvious players wished minutes. We can need each player to be up to the brand for the occasion.”

The company took the lead rapidly after half of-time from most attention-grabbing their 2nd a****k, as Gregorius poked home on the rebound after Carly Telford spilled Rosie White’s shot, amid some slack England defending.

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The home facet created the tall majority of the potentialities, dominating the possession and territory, but were unable to net a manner through in front of a crowd of 20,076.

The defeat turned into once England’s 2nd in four video games of their ‘Street to France’ series, following April’s 1-0 loss to Canada and successfully-deserved victories over Spain and Denmark.

The Lionesses gain their World Cup campaign below manner against Scotland in Good on Sunday, 9 June after hosts France originate the occasion against South Korea on Friday.

England, who are amongst the pre-occasion favourites to plan shut the field title this summer, will then face Argentina on 14 June and 2011 champions Japan on 19 June, with Neville’s facet bidding to present a plan shut to on 2015’s third-set attain.

Have to tranquil England top Community D, a final-16 assembly with Modern Zealand in Valenciennes on 23 June is no longer beyond the realms of possibility, with the winners of Community D set to meet a third-positioned facet from Community B, E or F, and the Football Ferns are the third-absolute best ranked facet in Community E.

Modern Zealand, who had received three and misplaced three of their previous six video games in 2019 – including a 5-0 defeat by the palms of the United States – are ranked Nineteenth on this planet and England will seek for this consequence as a predominant disappointment on the eve of this summer’s finals.

England go after impressive commence

But, after half of an hour, the likelihood of an England loss had regarded extremely no longer going, after they carved out deal of openings but Jodie Taylor and Nikita Parris were unable to hit the design.

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Nonetheless, moments forward of half of-time, Telford needed to present a stunning set with one hand to tip Betsy Hassett’s powerful effort over the bar, from what turned into once the Football Ferns’ first vital a****k, and so that they opened the scoring from their 2nd simply the opposite facet of half of-time, as 31-one year-faded Gregorius reacted fastest to capitalise on Telford’s uncharacteristically-fumbled set.

Jill Scott nodded extensive at the a ways post from fellow replace Karen Carney’s left-flee corrupt as the dwelling facet searched for a leisurely equaliser, and captain Steph Houghton headed on to the roof of the accumulate from a nook, but England were frequently restricted to taking pictures from fluctuate.

England’s Participant of the Match – Lucy Bronze

Lyon valid-again Lucy Bronze turned into once key to England’s dominance down the valid flank within the main half of, with her overlaps and hyperlink-up play with Nikita Parris leading to a bunch of probabilities.

Bronze – who’s arguably the field’s ultimate in her natural set – turned into once on the receiving slay of some heavy challenges and hobbled temporarily after one in opposition to the tip of the main 45 minutes, but turned into once ready to bustle off any knocks.

Neville will seemingly be desperate to admire her fully match for the finals, after she set in yet every other tireless efficiency tubby of grit, strength and her habitual positional consciousness.

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As part of #changethegame, BBC Sport has produced a documentary with animated gain entry to to England’s preparations for the World Cup finals in France next month.

It can be broadcast on Sunday, 2 June at 22:30 BST on BBC One.

Highlights consist of their day out to Qatar for a practising camp with a distinction and the Lionesses lifting the SheBelieves Cup.

The movie also presentations what life is cherish for the squad and hears about about a of their again tales. Lucy Bronze explains about residing in France at one amongst the field’s top golf equipment, and Karen Carney relives her horrific expertise by the palms of social media trolls. We seek for how Phil Neville copes with the challenges of choosing the final 23 and the moment when Leah Williamson finds out she has made it.

Steering us through this emotional and upsetting documentary is broken-down Lioness Alex Scott.

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