Phil Neville admits to pressure to end dire run by England Women

• Manager refuses to blame players after defeat by Germany
• Neville: ‘My performances haven’t been good enough’

Phil Neville refused to lay any blame on his players after defeat against Germany ensured a fifth loss in seven games for the Lionesses and pressure continued to mount on the manager.

“No, never,” he replied when asked if he felt let down by players who were not translating reportedly strong training-ground work into matchday performances. “I’d go to my grave with these players and their attitudes. And that’s why I want to take responsibility. Obviously, my performances haven’t been good enough and you can see that with the results we’ve got.”

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