England must remember pain of losing to USA - Neville

From BBC - March 8, 2018

Phil Neville urged England women to "remember the pain" of losing to the United States in the SheBelieves Cup.

The Lionesses needed a point against the hosts in Orlando to win the four-team tournament on goal difference - but lost to a second-half own goal by goalkeeper Karen Bardsley.

Neville told his players to stay on the pitch afterwards and watch the US lift the trophy.

"Defeat hurts and you hope next time it kicks them on," said the head coach.

Neville was looking to win the invitational tournament in his first three games as a first-team senior manager.

A 4-1 victory over France was followed by a 2-2 draw against Olympic champions Germany. The comprehensive win over France meant they just needed to draw against the USA to finish above them on goal difference.

Ellen White almost equalised late on but her header hit the post, but Neville, 41, said the experience will help them at next summer's Women's World Cup in France.

"Sometimes you have got to see the opposition lift a trophy because it sticks with you, and the next time we come to SheBelieves or another competition, you hope they remember this pain," he said.

"I have stayed balanced throughout the tournament because were on a journey. They have taken on board so many messages since we have been together and embraced what I have wanted. As a manager, that's all you can ask.

"I think we are where we want to be. We are challenging the best teams in the world and people are starting to talk about England."

Neville said a nervous start was partly to blame for his side's defeat against a team ranked number one in the world.

"I wanted them to enjoy today and play with freedom and a smile on their faces," he said.

"I think there was a real hunger in the last 30 minutes that we probably did not show in the first 30 minutes.

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