12 November 2019

Phil Neville says Lionesses form 'unacceptable' and wants players to be 'really angry'

England manager Phil Neville has said the Lionesses recent poor form is 'unacceptable' and that he wants his players to get 'really angry' in order to improve.

England have won just once in their last seven matches, the latest loss being dealt to them by Germany in the last minute of the match last Saturday.

Neville's side will play the Czech Republic tonight in another friendly.

Speaking about their form, the Lionesses boss said: “I’m a realist, I want success for this team and I know the capabilities of this team and I realise fully the criticism going my way is probably only half of what it should be, one win in seven games is without doubt unacceptable.

“It is a results business and if I was in the Premier League there would be even more expectation, even more scrutiny. I have been in situations at Manchester United with David Moyes, my brother [Gary] in Spain, with Nuno [Espirito Santo] in Spain where I have seen first hand the impact of poor results, on supporters and everything.

“I’m not stupid, but I have got full confidence in the people that I work for and the players that I am coaching and they have got full confidence in me. 

"That support I think will remain until the point where we both think we can’t go any further and I don’t think we are at that point by any stretch.”

Neville also said that England are not the best team in the world and that they need to forget about their run to the World Cup semi-finals.

“We’re thinking we’re one of the best teams in the world, but we’re not," added the 42-year-old.

"We’re not playing like one, we shouldn’t be acting like that. Not a single one of us have performed to the level that we have done in the past. Forget the World Cup.

"We’re still wallowing when the rest of women’s football has moved forward. If you stand still others will overtake you, that is the harsh reality.

“I want them to be really angry, I want them to be angry with me, with themselves, and to play angry. Because I think we’ve gone a little bit soft in terms of our mentality. ‘Oh they’re tired, they’re this, that’ – no. Not any more.”

England vs Czech Republic kicks off tonight at 7.15pm GMT, with live minute-by-minute updates brought to you right here on the NewsChain website.

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