England-women with 2-0 Denmark-women: Nikita Parris and Jill Scott score as Phil Neville & # 39; s Lionesses win penultimate World Cup hotball game
- Nikita Parris and Jill Scott scored when England's wife won 2-0 against Denmark
- Phil Neville's side has one match – against New Zealand – before the World Cup
- Parris scored just before half-time and Scott added a second in the 59th minute
Defying the damp air to look like a Gareth Southgate imitator in his dark blue cardigan, Phil Neville watched England triumph in their penultimate World Cup friendly.
With their opener against Scotland in Nice, now only two weeks away, the Lionesses hit a decent-looking Denmark side at the Bescot Stadium in Walsall.
The score suggests that they made light work of the Danish visitors, but in reality England had to dig deep to win. It left Neville with a lot to think about.
Nikita Parris (right) celebrates after placing English women against Denmark women
The battle of Parris just before half-time put England at the forefront of their penultimate warming
Parris, who recently signed for Lyon, is congratulated after scoring by her English teammates
Phil Neville channeled his inner Gareth Southgate with his choice on the sidelines
England Ladies: Bardsley, Daly, Williamson, Bright, Stokes, Scott, Moore, Stanway (Kirby 61), Parris (Carney 61), White, Mead (Staniforth 80)
Subs: Bronze, Greenwood, Walsh, Houghton, Taylor, McManus, Earps
goals: Parris 45, Scott 59
Denmark Ladies: Abel, Sevecke, Pedersen, Arnth Jensen, Svava, Junge Pedersen, Sorensen (Thogersen 75), Troelsgaard Nielsen (Tavlo-Petterson 75), Snerle (Gejl 61), Bruun (Marie Madsen 64), Harder
Subs: Christiansen, Holmgaard, Larsen, Karlsen, Hashemi
The boss even admitted that he & # 39; bored & # 39; was in the first half, so he was disappointed with their performance. Still there were enough positive things to get out of here.
England won 2-0 to 8,273 fans, with Nikita Parris and Jill Scott reaching the goals and not getting injured. Beth Mead was impressed. Fran Kirby once looked electric on the couch.
They also managed to stop Pernille Harder – the most deadly player in Denmark who was sent by Ada Hegerberg to the inaugural Ballon d & # 39; Or prize last year – by scoring.
Neville, however, has high standards and he said afterwards: “It was sloppy, slow. I was bored in the first half. I would rather we lose and play better than in the first half. & # 39;
Maybe it was tiredness. The team had spent a day with the Royal Marines this week before camping at St George & # 39; s Park this week, so Neville expected some sloppiness.
Jill Scott celebrates England 2-0 in her clash against Denmark after her goal
Scott managed to find the net with a head to double the advantage of England in Walsall
& # 39; It was a highlight of a few things, & # 39; the English boss continued. & # 39; The field, the campsite, the fact that we are in this phase, "Oh we are almost at the World Cup".
& # 39; We just didn't play the way we wanted to play in the first half. & # 39;
A final friendly match against New Zealand at the Brighton Amex Stadium will follow, but Denmark was the ideal warm-up for opponents of the World Cup for England.
They may not have qualified for the tournament of the summer due to a play-off loss for European champions, but the Danes remain a formidable side.
They are in 17th place in the world and Harder had scored 53 goals in 101 games for the national team.
She had the first opportunity for this friend to score. From 10 meters she tried to find the bottom right corner, but Jade Moore fell down to block.
Parris showed an impressive calmness when she found the back of the net against Denmark
The English Jill Scott competes for possession with Sofie Junge from Denmark
England should have taken the lead in the 17th minute after Scott's excellent play. The Lionesses captain left Ellen White with a one-on-one but she couldn't hit the target.
Before the break, Denmark had the ball in the back of the net. Signe Bruun had beaten Karen Bardsley up close, but it was judged she had used her arm.
Because one minute of rest was announced, England got their opener. A cross came in, the Janni Arnth of Denmark shot but the ball fell to Parris.
Parris, the 25-year-old attacker who recently moved from Manchester City to Lyon, found the lower corner of 18 meters.
England doubled their lead on the hour.
A rising run by Georgia Stanway led to a pass from Beth Mead and Scott applied the finishing touch with her head, resulting in a smart breakaway move and the score.
Ellen White misses a chance to score for England against Denmark
The English Georgia Stanway tries to retain ownership under pressure from Sofie Junge
Emma Snerle from Denmark fights for the ball with the English Rachel Daly
Marcel was cheerful when he watched England continue their preparations with a win
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