Neville proud as Lionesses reach last 16

Ruben Hill
June 17, 2019

"I thought they were outstanding, we asked them to play with patience, control, rhythm, with speed, and we dominated the whole game like we did against Scotland apart from 11 minutes", Neville said.

Euro 2017 top-scorer Taylor turned the ball in at the back post just after the hour mark as she met a Beth Mead delivery at the end of a good move.

Argentina had frustrated England for 61 minutes and goalkeeper Vanina Correa was almost flawless - she even stopped a penalty kick - until Taylor and Mead connected on the game-winning goal.

Speaking about their exchange at full-time, as well as World Cup debutant Carly Telford who sadly lost her mother to cancer previous year, England manager Neville shed some light on what was said during a touching team huddle at the end of the match.

It was Taylor's first goal for England in 430 days, and it capped a relentless all-out attacking performance by a team who finished third in the previous World Cup.

She's a massive player, a big game player.

"It's not until people start bringing it up that you start thinking about it", said Taylor, who plays in the US for the Seattle Reign. 'The Argentina goalkeeper produced a performance of world-class ability.

I thought the speed of our play in a hard game, I enjoyed our performance and I'm so proud of them. "You reap your rewards from your training performances. She thrives off service, she thrives off balls through and the support from around her".

Glasgow City's Alexander, who is 5ft 7ins, says she would prefer to be five inches taller and there has been a "stigma" about female goalkeepers but "completely disagrees" with the idea of smaller goals as she does not think it would help women in their battle for equality in football.

Jill Scott made her 14th World Cup appearance against Argentina on Friday night, a record for an England player in the competition - and you can easily see why she's still around.

The shot-stopper denied Nikita Parris from 12 yards in the first half but Neville's charges finally found a way through the Argentine wall when Jodie Taylor struck in the 62nd minute.

Tonight's #PlayeroftheMatch presented by @Visa is Vanina Correa of @Argentina!

'We might make more errors than our male counterparts. Our training in Argentina, we're not able to access it from a young age, we're only able to do so from an older age, so perhaps we do make more mistakes. I think experience does teach us certain things and we also have to focus on the physical side of things.

"Frustration can sometimes take over and we don't want to go into the Japan game with a yellow card over players' heads".

Japan have four points after they beat Scotland 2-1 earlier on Friday, leaving the Scots without a point from two games.

Jodie Taylor broke a 14-month goal drought to shoot England past Argentina and into the knockout stages of the tournament, and they now need a point against Japan on Wednesday to ensure they top the group.

They are through thanks to Cristiana Girelli's hat-trick and a late brace from Aurora Galli, which also gave Milena Bertolini's side a flawless six points and put them top of their group.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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