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England Women suffer loss to New Zealand in final World Cup warmup

• England 0-1 New Zealand
• Phil Neville frustrated by Lionesses’ lack of cutting edge

The Lionesses’ showpiece World Cup send-off finished with more of a whimper than a roar after Sarah Gregorius’s second-half strike for New Zealand spoiled the party in Brighton.

Phil Neville’s side were made to pay for a possession-laden, slick-passing performance that was lacking any kind of cutting edge. Worryingly, this was closer to the forward line the manager would likely start against Scotland on 9 June in Nice. But he was handed a performance that will give him serious selection food for thought.

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