Lionesses lean into Phil Neville’s gruelling new England philosophy

Neville’s players see the bigger Women’s World Cup picture beyond his demanding, ball-monopolising tactics

For a manager whose team had just won their opening World Cup game, Phil Neville looked distinctly disgruntled. In a telling cameo, he gathered England’s players in a post-match huddle, appearing distinctly stern, almost scary, as he deconstructed a disappointing second-half performance in ruthlessly admonitory fashion.

No matter that the Lionesses had beaten Scotland 2-1 in Nice, leaving them top of Group D as they prepare for Friday night’s game against Argentina in Le Havre – they had strayed from their manager’s pass?and-move mantra.

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