‘Four days ago I was critical but I am so proud of every single one of them’: Phil Neville heaps praise on Lionesses after securing spot in World Cup last-16
- Phil Neville has praised the resilience of his England side after beating Argentina
- England beat Argentina in Le Havre thanks to a second half Jodie Taylor goal
- The win ensured the Lionesses’ progression to the World Cup knockout stage
- Neville hailed England’s determination and resilience to find a breakthrough
England manager Phil Neville has heaped praise on his Lionesses squad after they overcame a resilient Argentina side to book their place in the knockout stage of the Women’s World Cup.
Argentina proved to be tough opponents in Le Havre, keeping England at arms length for much of the game while goalkeeper Vanina Correa proved almost unbeatable.
The shot-stopper denied Nikita Parris from 12 yards in the first half but Neville’s charges finally found a way through the Argentine wall when Jodie Taylor struck in the 62nd minute.
England manager Phil Neville was delighted with his side’s hard-fought 1-0 win over Argentina
England were made to work for the win and Nikita Parris missed a penalty in the first half
And England manager Neville was delighted with his side, not only for their persistence, but also their composure in the face of a tough-tackling opponent.
‘Four days ago I was critical but I am so proud of every single one of them,’ said Neville, as quoted by The FA.
‘I thought we played with confidence and composure like they have done for the past two days in training. Winning is a by-product of what you do during the week.
‘What we spoke about at half time was to keep our heads and our discipline.
But they found a breakthrough after the hour mark when Jodie Taylor slid home for the win
‘Frustration can sometimes take over and we don’t want to go into the Japan game with a yellow card over players’ heads.
‘We knew that for them to compete with us they had to do everything possible but my players kept concentration unbelievably well and I’m really proud of them.’
He continued: ‘Japan struggled to create chances against Argentina but we didn’t. You always have a bit of a dip (after missing a penalty). We composed ourselves after that.’
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