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Steph Houghton backs ‘scary’ England to improve at World Cup

• Captain in bullish mood after narrow win over Scotland
• ‘In another day we’d have scored a few more’ she says

Steph Houghton sent a warning to England’s World Cup rivals following their 2-1 defeat of Scotland on Sunday, saying it was “scary” that the Lionesses came out on top despite not playing at their best. After Claire Emslie had pulled one back for Scotland in Nice, England could have sat back. Instead they remained on the front foot and Houghton emphasised a desire and fight within the team as crucial to that strategy.

“This is a team that wants more and we’ve got the players to go and do that,” said the England captain. “Especially with the likes of Lucy [Bronze]and Nikita [Parris] bombing down the right hand side, Ellen’s [White] always in the box trying to get goals and for us. Maybe on another day we’d have scored a few more, but look we’re creating chances, which is a good thing. It’s quite scary that we know we can play quite a bit better.”

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