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World Cup Women footballers fight for even playing field

The US team in action against New Zealand during an international friendly in St Louis Missouri

England coach Phil Neville last night warned that if England do not recreate the spirit of togetherness that took them to the semi-finals of the last Women's World Cup in Canada, they risked being embarrassed at the latest edition of the tournament in France where they begin their campaign tonight against Scotland at the Allianz Riviera stadium. "At each World Cup I've played in, the level keeps getting better, and that's a credit to the growth of the game around the world on and off the field".

"The trust and confidence he puts in every single player before a game, it inspires you to push on that extra 10 per cent and that's what you want as a manager". If he wants me to play right-back or in midfield, I'm happy to take that role. She knows Lyon is the best place to do that.

As she checked out the pitch 24 hours before the match was scheduled to kick off, Scotland coach Shelley Kerr - newly created MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours - found herself wishing she was going to pull her boots on tomorrow.

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"We are going into the game knowing what we need to get out of it". "We need to keep our feet on the ground", she added.

White drew a good save from Alexander with a close-range volley eight minutes later and had the ball in the net only for her looping header to be ruled out for offside.

Eleven total matches are scheduled before the US will make their 2019 World Cup debut.

It was a case of job done for England, while Scotland will have taken heart from its second-half showing.

England 2-0 up and in complete control at half-time.

But this was never likely to be the walkover England delivered in their 6-0 thrashing of Scotland the last time these two sides met in Euro 2017, and so it proved as Claire Emslie's deflected strike in the 79th minute ensured England had to dig in see out the closing stages. Given that this is the seventh time the Americans and team Sweden have faced off in eight total Women's World Cups, we can go ahead and definitely call this match a rivalry.

It was a game England had been expected to win, though Neville was cautious of the Auld enemy dubbing it the "most hard group game". The only thing missing from Cuthbert's performance was a goal, but she was there ready to support when Scotland scored for the first time ever in a World Cup through Emslie.

A traditional power in women's soccer, Germany has appeared in every World Cup competition.

The right-sided pairing of Bronze and Parris worked wonders, White showed why she was picked over Taylor, and Jill Scott and Keira Walsh helped dominate the midfield.

The Norwegians are confident of going far despite being without Ada Hegerberg, the victor of the women's Ballon d'Or victor for the world's top player.

Neville preaches bravery to his team and insists that he won't berate them for making mistakes.

Fran Kirby's cross struck Nicola Docherty on the arm and, after Czech referee Jana Adamkova watched footage back and pointed to the spot, Parris fired in from 12 yards.

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