Phil Neville said he wanted to be “judged like any other manager” after England’s winless streak extended past the 100-day mark, their worst run since former manager Hope Powell was sacked after the 2013 Euros. It has not yet reached that stage for Neville, but England’s propensity to cause their own problems needs to be eradicated quickly if his reign is to be put back on track. Weak against crosses The most pressing problem is their inability to defend balls into their own box. Since their last win England have conceded 11 goals, with nine directly from or the result of poorly defended crosses. It began with the USA’s two headers from Alex Morgan and Christen Press which drove the final nail into their World Cup hopes, and continued in the bronze medal play-off against Sweden. All three goals Belgium scored against England in August came from crosses, while Frida Manuum’s header for Norway last month came from a corner. So it was no surprise … [Read more...] about After England’s winless run continues against Brazil, exactly where are the Lionesses going wrong?
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There was one last post-match huddle for England. One last gathering out on the pitch and the images said it all. Lucy Bronze wept uncontrollably, disappointment was etched across her team-mates, Steph Houghton’s face was taught in frustration and reflection and Phil Neville stood in the middle and patted his heart. “I’m proud,” the head coach mouthed and England should be proud of this team, this uplifting World Cup campaign and, certainly, of this performance as they pushed the holders, the three-times winners, the United States of America, like they have never been pushed before. Even when down to 10 players, after Millie Bright was sent off, they pushed with the Americans resorting to playing five-at-the-back, time-wasting and running down the clock as they held on. It can be a cruel game, football, and so it proved as for the third semi-final in succession – the fourth when the men’s team’s exploits in Russia are considered – … [Read more...] about England suffer World Cup heartbreak against USA as penalty curse strikes again
Get unlimited access to all Telegraph Sport for a year for just £20 Phil Neville, the England head coach, has not ruled out the country’s record cap holder Fara Williams from making his Olympics and Euro 2021 squads after recalling the 35-year-old Reading midfielder. Williams did not make Neville’s World Cup squad this summer, but has replaced the injured Fran Kirby, who withdrew on Monday, in the squad to face Belgium and Norway in friendlies on Thursday night and Tuesday. Williams, who will earn her 171st England cap should she feature against Belgium, lost her international place to Manchester City’s Georgia Stanway, the Professional Footballers’ Association reigning young player of the year. Her last appearance for England was in a friendly against Australia in October last year. “Fara didn’t play [for England in] the last six months because of the form of Fran and Georgia,” Neville said. “Georgia will be a top player, and … [Read more...] about England manager Phil Neville ready to hand record-holder Fara Williams international recall for friendlies
One picture sums up England’s summer at this year’s World Cup: Ellen White, hands cupped around her eyes in the shape of binoculars, in what became her signature goal celebration. It was one she went on to deploy six times over. White became the poster girl for England. The Lionesses’ record goalscorer at the tournament, national newspapers plastered her face across the front and back pages as she competed with the United States’ Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan for the feted Golden Boot. But for all the joy and glory of those moments, life-changing as they were, White’s memories of France are seen through a different lens. The “overriding thing” on her mind, as she puts it: “I really wanted to win it.” Speaking at her new club Manchester City’s training ground, in her first interview since England’s semi-final exit, she is still not over the emotions of the World Cup. White struck England’s only goal in the 2-1 … [Read more...] about Ellen White exclusive interview: ‘I had sleepless nights over moment my toe cost England shot at a World Cup final’
By Motez Bishara, CNN Updated 1041 GMT (1841 HKT) December 12, 2016 Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. London (CNN)The day after Donald Trump won the US election, Detroit Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy didn't hold back. "I don't think anybody can deny this guy is openly and brazenly racist and misogynistic," he told reporters during a shoot around before a game in Phoenix. "We have just thrown a good part of our population under the bus, and I have problems with thinking this is where we are as a country." Van Gundy's outspokenness, echoed by fellow NBA coaches Steve Kerr and Gregg Popovich, is emblematic of a rise in political activism within American sports unseen since the Vietnam War. Images of Colin Kaepernick kneeling for the national anthem, Carmelo Anthony joining a civil rights march, and LeBron James stumping for Hillary Clinton hardly raise eyebrows anymore. Read More Curiously, however, their cohorts in … [Read more...] about As American sports figures sound off on politics, their European counterparts stay silent