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England boss Phil Neville found plenty of positives from Friday's game with Canada

Saturday 06 Apr 2019
Phil Neville says he enjoyed watching his Lionesses in action on Friday

England Women’s boss Phil Neville says he won’t read too much into the end result of Friday’s game with Canada.

The Lionesses were unfortunate to be on the losing side in Manchester after a late goal from Canadian legend Christine Sinclair sealed a 1-0 win for the visitors.

And, final result aside, Neville admits he found plenty of positives from his side’s display.

"I really enjoyed the match even though we do not like losing,” he said.

“It was a brilliant game of football and the players showed everything I wanted to see.

“The players showed courage to play and Canada scored from their only shot on goal.

“We got into some good positions but we need to show a little more composure in the final third.

Neville speaks to his players during the second half of the game with Canada

"I felt relaxed watching and it was the type of test we needed against an experienced team. We handled most things well.

"We had little periods of control, especially in the second half but our final ball let us down. We played most of the second half in their half and I saw things I liked and can build on. I am pleased with my players.”

Neville and his squad will now return to St. George’s Park where they will change their focus to Tuesday’s game with Spain in Swindon.

It will be the second match of England’s Road to France Series, and the boss admits he will make changes to see all of his players in action.

"I will make changes for Tuesday, Lucy Bronze and Steph Houghton are out after suffering knocks,” he revealed.

“It is a chance for a few players to get some freshness and keep the momentum going forward.

"This does not stop us from believing or going on the road where we want to."

Tickets for Tuesday’s game are still available!

By FA Staff