England boss Phil Neville warns his side hold no fear and will give Women’s World Cup their ‘best shot’ after flying start against Scotland
- England overcame Scotland 2-1 and secured victory despite late scare in Nice
- Nikita Parris was named player of the match and looked razor sharp for Lionesses
- Manager Phil Neville said: ‘You can smell it with this group when they are relaxed’
England boss Phil Neville declared that his team should have no fear at the Women’s World Cup and that they would give winning the tournament their ‘best shot’ after beating Scotland in their opening game.
Forward Nikita Parris was named player of the match in a 2-1 win, secured despite a late Scotland goal.
Neville said: ‘We’ve got a long way to go to talk about winning it but we will give it our best shot.
Phil Neville’s England side got off to a winning start at the World Cup against Scotland
‘If we play to our full potential then we’ve got a great chance of progressing in the tournament.
‘We faced nerves, anticipation, tension, pressure. It’s Scotland. But you can smell it with this group when they are fresh and relaxed. There should be no fear.’
Neville said that 16 months ago he had challenged Liverpudlian Parris, who has just signed for Lyon, to be the best player in the world in her position.
‘Today is a snippet of the kind of player we’ve got,’ he said.
Nikita Parris was the player of the match and Neville thinks she can still improve
Parris scored a penalty and will be an integral player for England in the next few weeks
Elsewhere, Brazil striker Cristiane, 34, became the oldest player to score a World Cup hat-trick after her treble in a 3-0 victory over debutants Jamaica.
Italy fought back from a goal down to beat Group C favourites Australia 2-1 with a dramatic injury-time winner.
Juventus forward Barbara Bonansea struck both goals for the Italians after Australia captain Sam Kerr had given her side a first-half lead.
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