England Women finished runners in the She Believes Cup held in America over the last week.

They started the first game by beating France 4-1, with goals from Toni Duggan, Jill Scott, Jodie Taylor and Fran Kirby.  The came back twice in their second game to draw 2-2 with Germany, with both goals from Ellen White.

This meant a draw in their last game against hosts USA would give them the title.  Unfortunately, a defensive mishap between Millie Bright and Karen Bardsley gifted the America’s a 1-0 victory and the overall title.  Ellen White hit the post in the final 15 minutes but it just wasn’t going to be for England.

With some key players being left behind due to injuries, new England Manager Phil Neville can be very proud of his team’s performance.  He said in interview afterwards,

“It was tough, but probably the most enjoyable game for me in the tournament because we came up against a really good team. I said before I wanted us to go toe-to-toe but in the first half we did not show enough belief.

“But we showed courage on the ball in the last 30 minutes and I learned a lot about my players.

“Overall I’m satisfied. We will keep our feet on the ground but we have started a journey and we have started really well.”

England return to World Cup 2019 qualification on 6th April when the face Wales at St Mary’s Stadium in Southampton.

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