Neville ‘felt right’ after England give him winning start

Date published: Friday 2nd March 2018 7:37

Phil Neville enjoyed a sensational start to life in charge of England Women courtesy of a 4-1 hammering of SheBelieves Cup holders France in Ohio.

The former Manchester United, Everton and England defender received criticism just hours after his appointment in January when historical tweets about women resurfaced.

But head coach Neville’s reign on the pitch got up and running in emphatic fashion following goals from Toni Duggan, Jill Scott and Jodie Taylor inside 37 minutes.

Fran Kirby added a fourth shortly after half-time, but Gaetane Thiney denied Neville a first clean sheet with a deflected effort 13 minutes from time.

“I was a little bit nervous before the game,” Neville told the BBC after. “I had a few butterflies, but my players didn’t, that’s the most important thing.

“There is great expectation and I love that expectation. On the bus on the way to the ground it felt right.

“It felt right standing in the technical area and the most important thing is the players are enjoying the raised expectations and the higher profile.”

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