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England coach Phil Neville says he’ll choose the strongest aspect attainable in opposition to Japan regardless of the Lionesses having already certified for the knockout levels of the Girls’s World Cup.
Wins over Scotland and Argentina sees Neville’s aspect sitting on the high of Group D with a 100 per cent document as they secured a spot within the second spherical with a sport to spare.
Nonetheless, Neville will resist the temptation to relaxation gamers in opposition to second-placed Japan, who beat England 2-1 within the semi-finals 4 years in the past, and might be trying to high the group.
“We’ve got to pick our best side. We’ve got to pick our best side because we want to finish top of the group”, Neville mentioned forward of tomorrow evening’s sport on the Allianz Riviera.
“And we wish to proceed and construct the momentum that we have constructed within the first two video games. So I’ll be choosing my greatest aspect to win the sport.
Neville believes England must be on high of their sport to interrupt down a disciplined Japan group.
He added: “I suppose their system is without doubt one of the largest strengths of their group. The best way that all of them know find out how to play of their system and are very well disciplined with improbable motion down the correct and down the left.
“And they’ve got two really good centre-forwards who are really mobile so we are going to have to be at our best to get any kind of result.”
“Strong statement needed”
Neville is eager for England to ship out a “strong statement” to their rivals with a victory on Wednesday.
“I need us to have performed three, received three, and have an effect on the mindset of different individuals within the event, however extra importantly give my gamers extra confidence.
“The assumption within the dressing room after the Argentina sport – despite the fact that we solely received 1-0 – was a extremely nice feeling as a result of it was one other win, and that is why we have to win tomorrow evening.
“Neglect the group permutations – I suppose enjoying three, successful three in a bunch everybody mentioned was the ‘group of demise’ would ship a powerful assertion.
“We’re watching USA play, we’re watching Germany, France. They’re successful their teams and we have to sustain with them.”
‘Profitable group a precedence’
Talking on the Girls’s World Cup Podcast, England Girls’s legend Kelly Smith says successful the group should be the precedence on Wednesday
“Profitable the group is actually the mentality they need to have. The intention was all the time to get out of the group, they’ve performed that now, they usually had a superb efficiency in opposition to Japan within the SheBelieves Cup. That can give them huge confidence, understanding they’re greater than able to beating them.
“However Japan appeared higher of their second sport in opposition to Scotland, they moved the ball faster they usually had been on the entrance foot somewhat bit extra. There was somewhat bit extra urgency from them within the remaining third that we did not see within the first sport.
“I suppose it will be a cracking tie, Japan are excellent at conserving the ball, shifting it about and enjoying in triangles so England must be affected person once more, however with our physicality and pace of play… I’d like to see them high the group, it sends out an announcement that England are right here and able to play.”
Scotland vs Argentina permutations
The second Group D finale between Argentina and Scotland – additionally at 8pm on Wednesday – has huge implications.
Argentina would advance with a victory at Parc des Princes, whereas Scotland might advance with a win and massive assist in purpose distinction.
A draw would imply Argentina must depend on being one of the best third-placed aspect, with Chile – beneath them in these rankings – dealing with minnows Thailand and Cameroon enjoying New Zealand of their remaining video games.