Lucy Bronze: ‘I scored a couple of goals and my life changed overnight’

England’s right-back felt she had a target on her back after the last World Cup but says the squad will not be daunted in France

Phil Neville has scaled back on meetings, is letting the Lionesses breathe in Nice and, according to Lucy Bronze, his trust has earned the players’ respect in the buildup to their Group D opener against Scotland.

“Phil gives us a lot of freedom in downtime,” says the England right-back, before drawing a comparison with Neville’s predecessor. “Mark [Sampson] had a lot of meetings but Phil doesn’t like to keep us locked up together for too long in the hotel. It’s all very simple, precise.”

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