Parris and White get England off to winning start at Women’s World Cup

Phil Neville maintained a straight face when, on the eve of kick off, he claimed he would “love” to be a Scotland player facing his Lionesses but England’s manager was surely being mischievous.

Admittedly Claire Emslie’s late goal made for a slightly nervy denouement and Nikita Parris’s opener came dripping in contentiousness but on a warm, humid evening in the foothills above Nice Neville’s players rarely lost control.

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