The England Women 0-1 New Zealand: five World Cup warm-ups

Karen Carney suddenly seems important to Phil Neville’s plans, and the last Lioness ball should be much better in France

England Women football1) Carney is catalytic

The first touch of Karen Carney after she left the bench – a magnificent, galvanized back pass – seemed like a symbol of her ability to raise the collective bar of England. The Chelsea Winger or the playmaker invariably makes itself felt in the dressing room, but Tony Duggan and Nikita Parris are fighting for a role that they no longer occupy within the country, so she can spend more minutes on the French fields than originally thought. Just two months ago, the 31-year-old was afraid for her place in the team, but she remains one of the most technically talented personalities of Phil Neville and probably forced herself in the starting XI against Scotland in Nice next Sunday.

2) Looking forward and backward

Neville’s team played better than during the victory last week over Denmark, but, despite the dominant possession of the ball, could not destroy the sensible defense of New Zealand, whose defenders, in particular, were superior. The last ball of the Lioness should be much better in France, and they could also be done with a tightening in the back. Part protection, especially, becomes weak. England lost three of the last five home games and struggles to score.

3) These two can meet again.

If England, part of Group D, and New Zealand finished as one of the best finishers in third place — something that seems possible, given that Canada and the Netherlands will fight for first place in Group E, they can still be reunited with ferns. and their insightful 64. -year-old Glaswegian manager Tom Sermanni in round 16 in Valenciennes.

4) Sermanny finally demands revenge

The Scots always like to defeat the British, but Cermanni’s determination to spoil the party of lionesses was heightened by the memory that he was in Vancouver four years ago as one of John Hurdman’s assistants. Then England shocked the host country, knocking out Herdman’s side from Canada 2015 in the quarterfinals.

5) Nayler number 1

Erin Nayler’s stunning demonstration baffled the theory that women cannot become great goalkeepers. Admittedly, England’s rusty ring Jody Taylor worked ahead, but Bordeaux ranger beamed, proving an outstanding game player. Chelsea manager Emma Hayes believes that for women’s matches you need to score goals, but Neiler’s result contradicted this argument.

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