Phil Neville tells England not to lose feelgood factor over one defeat

• Lionesses’ manager upbeat despite defeat to Canada
• Neville urges his side to concentrate on the positives

Phil Neville told his players not to “lose the feelgood factor because of one defeat” following his England team’s flat defeat to a strong Canada side. A sold-out Academy Stadium meant “the atmosphere was brilliant,” said Neville. “Every time we got into the final third there was a real buzz, they’ve got the new kit on and there was a real feelgood factor. I said to the players we shouldn’t lose that.”

The England manager was insistent that this defeat, their second in a row at home, was not as serious a blip as the 2-0 loss to Sweden at the end of 2018, and in fact reassured him of the team’s confidence in his plans. “Against Sweden I think we deviated from the plan – at two goals down in the first half I thought that happened. Tonight they stuck to the plan and that gives me confidence that they believe in my philosophy.”

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