SheBelieves Cup Betting Tips: Will England go with experience against Spain?
Phil Neville’s side could still retain the trophy
England go into their final SheBelieves Cup game with faint hope of lifting the trophy for a second successive year.
The Lionesses made the nation proud last year as they followed up their tournament win by finishing fourth at the World Cup.
Their progress has continued into the SheBelieves Cup and a win over Spain this evening will put them level with the United States at the top of the table.
But they’ll only be able to watch and hope as the USA finish the tournament against Japan later on.
The story so far
England were full of confidence heading into the tournament but they were soon brought crashing back down to earth as they were comfortably beaten 2-0 by the USA in their opening game.
Two quickfire goals from Christen Press and Carli Lloyd were enough to earn the hosts the points, while Spain also started strongly as they beat Japan 3-1.
England bounced back quickly with a 1-0 win over Japan before the USA beat Spain by the same scoreline to top the group.
England and Spain sit level on three points, both knowing a win will put them level with the USA, although a helping hand from Japan is unlikely based on recent form.
The future’s bright
Neville has been roundly praised for giving youngsters a chance during the tournament.
The starting line-up against Japan boasted an average age of just 21 and the front three only had 12 caps between them ahead of the match on Sunday.
19-year-old Lauren Hemp has started both games so far and the Manchester City striker has showed glimpses of potential, while the likes of Chloe Kelly, Georgia Stanway and Ellie Roebuck have more than justified their inclusion despite their youth.
While it’s encouraging that England’s younger stars have impressed, it was ultimately the more experienced players in the squad who stepped up to get the job done against Japan.
Toni Duggan and Ellen White have 167 caps between them and the pair changed the game when they were introduced at the weekend.
Duggan kept the opposition busy out wide and it was her quick thinking and vision that set up White to poke home the winner.
Neville won’t want to make too many changes, but while there’s still a slim chance of lifting the trophy, he’ll be aware of the value of experience.
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