Phil Neville said he wanted to be “judged like any other manager” after England’s winless streak extended past the 100-day mark, their worst run since former manager Hope Powell was sacked after the 2013 Euros. It has not yet reached that stage for Neville, but England’s propensity to cause their own problems needs to be eradicated quickly if his reign is to be put back on track. Weak against crosses The most pressing problem is their inability to defend balls into their own box. Since their last win England have conceded 11 goals, with nine directly from or the result of poorly defended crosses. It began with the USA’s two headers from Alex Morgan and Christen Press which drove the final nail into their World Cup hopes, and continued in the bronze medal play-off against Sweden. All three goals Belgium scored against England in August came from crosses, while Frida Manuum’s header for Norway last month came from a corner. So it was no surprise … [Read more...] about After England’s winless run continues against Brazil, exactly where are the Lionesses going wrong?
One picture sums up England’s summer at this year’s World Cup: Ellen White, hands cupped around her eyes in the shape of binoculars, in what became her signature goal celebration. It was one she went on to deploy six times over. White became the poster girl for England. The Lionesses’ record goalscorer at the tournament, national newspapers plastered her face across the front and back pages as she competed with the United States’ Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan for the feted Golden Boot. But for all the joy and glory of those moments, life-changing as they were, White’s memories of France are seen through a different lens. The “overriding thing” on her mind, as she puts it: “I really wanted to win it.” Speaking at her new club Manchester City’s training ground, in her first interview since England’s semi-final exit, she is still not over the emotions of the World Cup. White struck England’s only goal in the 2-1 … [Read more...] about Ellen White exclusive interview: ‘I had sleepless nights over moment my toe cost England shot at a World Cup final’
Get unlimited access to all Telegraph Sport for a year for just £20 Phil Neville, the England head coach, has not ruled out the country’s record cap holder Fara Williams from making his Olympics and Euro 2021 squads after recalling the 35-year-old Reading midfielder. Williams did not make Neville’s World Cup squad this summer, but has replaced the injured Fran Kirby, who withdrew on Monday, in the squad to face Belgium and Norway in friendlies on Thursday night and Tuesday. Williams, who will earn her 171st England cap should she feature against Belgium, lost her international place to Manchester City’s Georgia Stanway, the Professional Footballers’ Association reigning young player of the year. Her last appearance for England was in a friendly against Australia in October last year. “Fara didn’t play [for England in] the last six months because of the form of Fran and Georgia,” Neville said. “Georgia will be a top player, and … [Read more...] about England manager Phil Neville ready to hand record-holder Fara Williams international recall for friendlies
Famalicão’s players are used to performing in front of crowds of 5,000 at a club that was languishing in Portugal’s local amateur leagues a decade ago. When they take the pitch at Benfica’s 65,000-capacity Estádio da Luz on Saturday it will complete a rapid rags-to-riches story made possible by funding from one of Israel’s richest men and his growing relationship with football’s most famous agent, Jorge Mendes. The Israeli is Ider Ofer, whose father is the shipping magnate Sammy Ofer and who has raised most of his estimated $5bn fortune through his shipping, drilling and mining businesses. After Ofer increased his stake in Atlético Madrid from 15% to 32% in February 2018 through his Guernsey-based holding company Quantum Pacific, he decided to expand his involvement in football. His first port of call was Mendes, who had helped in negotiations with Atlético’s then Chinese shareholders Wanda Group the previous year through his … [Read more...] about Rich and famous help Famalicão shake up Portuguese football
LEAKED images have emerged of England's home kit to be used in the European Championships this summer. The pictures feature a bold, brave design from Nike, who have produced the Three Lions' kits since 2013. The iconic Three Lions crest, as well as Nike swoosh have been moved to the centre of the shirt, beneath a black crew neck collar. And the otherwise simple design is livened up by black zig-zags on the sides, with red and blue trim. But not all fans are happy with the designs, leaked by Footy Headlines. One England supporter labelled it the "Worst in our history."Another dismissed it as a "Training Kit." And one fan joked: "Looks like it was designed by a 11 year old boy high off too many cans of Fanta from the school disco". One of the most damning read: "I used to think it impossible to make a bad England kit but Nike been doing it consistently". "Looks very tacky," another scathingly added.MOST READ IN FOOTBALLLive BlogSPURS LATEST Tottenham news LIVE: Follow all the … [Read more...] about England home kit for Euro 2020 leaked online but fans think it might be ‘the worst in history’