Phil Neville says Lionesses' determination in Portugal earned them deserved win

Wednesday 09 Oct 2019
Neville watches from the sidelines as his team took on Portugal on Tuesday

Phil Neville praised the determination of his England team, as they got back to winning ways in Portugal on Tuesday evening.

The Lionesses had been waiting for their first win since the World Cup quarter final success over Norway during the summer, without a victory in their three games since then.

But a second-half goal from Beth Mead in Setubal gave Neville’s team a deserved win, going in to next month’s match with Germany at Wembley.

"The players were determined to win and we got the luck we haven't had in the last five games," said Neville.

"The performances over the last two games have been outstanding.

"I'm pleased with the players, I'm pleased with the spirit, I'm pleased with the direction that we're going in.

"And for me personally, in terms of what I've seen at this camp, it's been my most enjoyable camp since I've been a manager with this England team."

After any major tournament, the squad would normally be straight back into a qualifying campaign under normal circumstances.

But as England is hosting the UEFA EURO 2021 tournament, Neville’s side automatically qualify as hosts and the head coach is making sure every game presents a test for his players.

"We said before the game that a lot of people are saying this is a must-win game,” he added.

“For us every game is like that, every game we want to win, that's the mentality of these players.

"There were some outstanding performances and I think we've seen one or two cement their place at Wembley."

By Nicholas Veevers