England stuttered in its final test ahead of the World Cup, losing 0–1, to New Zealand in front of 20,000 supporters at Brighton's American Express Community Stadium. The loss brings underlying issues for the team to light, including chemistry, set-piece defending, and lack of scoring heading into France 2019.
Georgia Stanway, the youngest member of the Lionesses squad heading to France 2019 this summer, is relishing the opportunity to show what she can do on the world stage but is also mindful of the responsibility she and the rest of her generation have to continue building on the foundations set by the players who came before her.
England beat Denmark, 2–0, in their penultimate match before heading to France next week for the 2019 World Cup. Goals either side of the break from new Lyon signing Nikita Parris and captain-for-the-day Jill Scott secured a victory that came far from easy against a side that didn’t make it to France 2019.
With the World Cup roster named for France 2019 and roster experimentation over, England head coach Phil Neville now turns his attention to fine-tuning the squad in the final two matches before the World Cup begins.
England head coach Neville settled on his squad more than a week ago in a lengthy meeting with his technical staff and admitted in his press conference he wanted to tell the players immediately, but now that he's been able to inform them of his decision, his message to the 23 selected is clear: enjoy today but tomorrow is business.