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Shelley Kerr’s plan to pick off England backfires in use of Erin Cuthbert | Sophie Lawson

Erin Cuthbert was a lone striker and that’s exactly how her game panned out, with no support, as Scotland sat back on their way to losing 2-1 against England

A goal down fewer than 15 minutes in thanks to Nikita Parris’s clinically taken spot?kick, the lower?ranked British nation needed to dig deep but their tanks already appeared spent. It was the biggest match of their careers but the 11 on the pitch looked out of their depth and lost.

The buzz coming into the game had been intense, the players of course refused to admit that who their opposition was mattered. Their first World Cup match was their own, not England’s and the narrative grew old. But there in Nice, in the scorching late afternoon sun with the humidity bordering on the unbearable, it could have been Utrecht in 2017, when England won 6-0 against Scotland. The Scots had scrambled in defence and when the Lionesses pushed against those in blue they wilted.

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