Published: Tue, July 02, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Phil Neville says England not beating United States of America will be failure

Phil Neville says England not beating United States of America will be failure

And certainly there is some truth to that, as favorites at times have sweated out tight matches and nascent sides have shown great promise.

England vs. the United States. Later, he coached England club teams. The victor will meet the victor of the other semifinal between Sweden and Netherlands. The only thing I would say is it's not something that I would want my team ops person doing. "The spirit of togetherness has to come to fruition".

Somehow this week, on the eve of the two semifinals of the World Cup, one of the major storylines is about a hotel visit.

USWNT, meanwhile, silenced their critics with a 2-1 win over hosts France with Megan Rapinoe grabbing both goals as Jill Ellis' side overcame their toughest opponents at this World Cup so far.

In global play, the U.S. and England played to a 2-2 tie during the SheBelieves Cup in March.

The U.S. -England match is set to be carried live on FOX and can also be viewed by tuning in to FOX Sports Go online and by downloading the FOX Sports Go app in the Android, Google and iTunes stores.

"We've planned for it, we've played against them and we know how we're going to play", Neville said.

"What I liked was that she didn't even say sorry, she just got on with it, she's a victor".

Over the years, the United States has remained supreme because of not just waves of talent, but a mindset that nothing would get in its way.

Neville has even designed a special World Cup menu for the restaurant.

England face the U.S.at the Stade de Lyon on Tuesday before the other semi-final between the Netherlands and Sweden on Wednesday in the same venue.

Captain Steph Houghton was asked about tennis star Serena Williams watching the team train earlier in the tournament, and how impressed the American had been by what she saw.

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And such a big game perhaps deserves some drama in the buildup - and we've certainly had that.

Some have interpreted that as arrogance - predictably, it's been a hot topic in the headline-hungry English tabloids.

For the past three years, the US had tried to assemble a team to compete with the direction the sport is moving in.

Neville, though, said he admires the usa swagger and confidence. That's what I admire, and that's what my team has now. Over the course of the tournament the team has dealt with the controversy of "excessive" celebration in a 13-0 win over Thailand, questions of manager Jill Ellis' competence, and a social media feud between Rapinoe and U.S. President Donald Trump. "But there is a ruthlessness to it, and that is win at all costs".

The United States and England have met just once before in the World Cup, a 3-0 USA win in the 2007 quarterfinals.

All eyes will be on USWNT's joint top-scorers Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe, tied with England's Ellen White with five goals apiece. California-born Karen Bardsley is an experienced goalkeeper.

Their scoring margin is 11-1, including 3-0 victories over Cameroon and Norway in the knockout stage.

The knockout rounds continue with the semifinals and the stakes are high: The victor of the United States/England match will go on to play the victor of the Netherlands/Sweden game in the Championship game July 7 at 11 a.m.

The Lionesses will push the three-time champions all the way but they won't quite have enough. In that position now, we can use that experience to remain calm and collected. The 27-year-old has had 71 successful passes ending in the final third - the most of all defenders. All of them, the players say, are behind them.

Bronze is much more than just an attacking outlet and her defensive statistics are also among the best.

"I hope they enjoyed our hotel".

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