USA 2 Netherlands 0 live on talkSPORT: States close in on Women’s World Cup glory – live commentary stream

7 Jul

The Women’s World Cup final is finally upon us as the USA and the Netherlands battle it out for glory.

talkSPORT has brought you exclusive coverage of the tournament all summer long and we will be across today’s showdown too as the trophy gets awarded.

Alex Morgan and USA take on the Netherlands in the Women’s World Cup final

USA ended England’s dreams in the semi-finals, winning 2-1 after Steph Houghton missed a late penalty.

The Dutch needed extra-time to squeeze past Sweden in their final four clash but a 1-0 win set up their chance at glory.

Netherlands have never reached the final before and will take on a States side who are most successful country in World Cup history.

They won it in 2015 and will be eager to retain their title but can the Dutch spring a surprise?

talkSPORT will have full and exclusive coverage of the final and here’s how you can catch all the action.

USA vs Netherlands: Date and kick-off time

This clash will take place on Sunday, July 7 and will kick off at 4pm UK time.

It is being held at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais in Lyon – the ground where both sides won their semi-final ties.

The Netherlands are in the Womens World Cup final for the first time
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USA vs Netherlands: Live on talkSPORT

talkSPORT has exclusive rights to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup and will be broadcasting all the action from Lyon live.

Our coverage of the final will begin at 3pm and to tune in, just click here for the live stream or click the radio below.

Natalie Sawyer will host talkSPORT’s live coverage, while Sam Matterface and Claire Rafferty will bring you live commentary.

Route to the final


USA 13-0 Thailand (Group F)

USA 3-0 Chile (Group F)

Sweden 0-2 USA (Group F)

Spain 1-2 USA (last 16)

France 1-2 USA (quarter-final)

England 1-2 USA (semi-final)


New Zealand 0-1 Netherlands (Group E)

Netherlands 3-1 Cameroon (Group E)

Netherlands 2-1 Canada (Group E)

Netherlands 2-1 Japan (last 16)

Italy 0-2 Netherlands (quarter-final)

Netherlands 1-0 Sweden AET (semi-final)

USA vs Netherlands: Confirmed teams

USA: Naeher, O’Hara, Dahlkemper, Sauerbrunn, Dunn, Mewis, Ertz, Lavelle, Heath, Morgan, Rapinoe.

Subs: Harris, Pugh, Brian, Horan, Lloyd, Krieger, Davidson, Sonnett, Long, McDonald, Press, Franch.

Netherlands: Van Veenendaal, Van Lunteren, Dekker, Van der Gragt, Bloodworth, Groenen, Van de Donk, Spitse, Beerensteyn, Miedema, Martens.

Subs: Kop, van Dongen, Van Es, Van de Sanden, Pelova, Renate Jansen, Kaagman, Ellen Jansen, Kerkdijk, Roord, Van der Most, Geurts.

Referee: Stephanie Frappart (Paris)

Who will win the Women’s World Cup?

England vs Sweden live on talkSPORT: Full coverage and confirmed line-ups for Women’s World Cup third place play-off

6 Jul

England and Sweden go head-to-head in the Women’s World Cup today and the third place play-off clash will be live on talkSPORT.

Phil Neville’s Lionesses pushed the USA all the way in their semi-final but came up short, losing 2-1 after Steph Houghton missed a late penalty.

Ellen White and England will be looking to claim third in the Women’s World Cup

Sweden, meanwhile, were beaten 1-0 by the Netherlands in extra-time to also miss out on the final.

Now, the two will face off for third place before heading off on their holidays.

England beat Germany in the play-off in 2015 to secure third with Fara Williams scoring an extra-time winner.

Can Houghton and co end their tournament on a high? You can find out live on talkSPORT.

England vs Sweden: Date and kick-off time

This clash will take place on Saturday, July 6 and will kick off at 4pm UK time.

It is being held at the Allianz Riviera in Nice – the ground where England won twice during the group stage and Sweden smashed Thailand.

England vs Sweden: Live on talkSPORT

talkSPORT has exclusive rights to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup and will be broadcasting all the action from Nice live.

Our coverage of the tie will begin at 3pm and to tune in, just click here for the live stream or click the radio below.

Natalie Sawyer will host talkSPORT’s live coverage, while Sam Matterface, Claire Rafferty and Fara Williams will bring you live commentary.

We’ll also have the final between USA and the Netherlands live on talkSPORT tomorrow.

England lost 2-1 to the USA in the Women’s World Cup semi-finals
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England vs Sweden: What has been said?

Ellen White says England have been hurting after their World Cup semi-final defeat but will be ‘putting everything we can’ into beating Sweden.

The England forward said: “Obviously initially and yesterday it was still the same feeling of being really devastated and gutted to have not reached that final. I think we’ve taken a good few days to really feel that emotion.

“But I think we’ve come together now and we’ve said we’ll be putting everything we can (into) and sticking together for this bronze medal match, and that’s our priority now, to focus on that game against Sweden and hopefully get that result that we want.

“We want to go away from this tournament now feeling really proud and having something to really hold on to.”

Phil Neville’s England take on Sweden today
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England vs Sweden: Confirmed teams

England: Telford, Bronze, Houghton, McManus, Greenwood,
Kirby, Scott, Moore, Parris, White, Mead.

Subs: Bardsley, Walsh, Taylor, Duggan, Stokes, Williamson, Daly, Stanway, Carney, Staniforth, Earps.

Sweden: Lindahl, Glas, Fischer, Sembrant, Eriksson, Bjorn, Asllani, Seger, Jakobsson, Blackstenius, Rolfo.

Subs: Faik, Andersson, Janogy, Hurtig, Ilestedt, Roddar, Zigiotti Olme, Anvegard, Larsson, Schough, Rubensson, Musovic.

Women’s World Cup: England to face Cameroon in last-16 clash, USA top Group F after beating Sweden, but heartbreak for Chile against Thailand

20 Jun

The Women’s World Cup has provided fans across the world with moments of magic and madness in equal measure.

Be it Scotland’s chaotic exit at the hands of Argentina or Alex Morgan’s clinical finishing against Thailand, thrills and spills have not been in short supply.

On Thursday night, fans were treated to another round of thrilling games in France as the round of 16 beckons. Check out what happened below!

Chile missed out on the last-16 by the width of the crossbar


Reigning European champions Holland secured top spot in Group E at the Women’s World Cup, maintaining their 100 per cent record with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Canada in Reins.

Bayern Munich striker Lineth Beerensteyn grabbed the winner 15 minutes from time after Christine Sinclair had scored in her fifth successive World Cup to quickly cancel out Anouk Dekker’s 54th-minute opener.

Both sides went into the game knowing they had qualified for the last 16 after winning their opening two games against Cameroon and New Zealand, with the match settling who would top the group and finish runner-up.

The game started in controversial fashion as inside two minutes referee Stephanie Frappart awarded Canada a penalty when Janine Beckie was fouled on the edge of the area by Desiree Van Lunteren.

Janine Beckie of Canada battles for possession with Desiree Van Lunteren

But as Sinclair lined up to take the spot-kick, a VAR review that took almost three minutes to reach a conclusion, led to Frappart awarding a free-kick three yards outside the area that Sinclair tamely struck into the wall.

Despite the Dutch dominating, Canada had the ball in the back of the net in the 22nd minute, only for Jordyn Huitema to be adjudged offside after slotting home underneath the advancing Sari Van Veenendaal.

It was Holland who came closest to making the breakthrough in the first half, with Arsenal striker Vivianne Miedema striking the base of a post with an angled shot on the turn, followed by Gunners team-mate Danielle Van de Donk’s stunning 16-yard bicycle kick landing on the roof of the net.

Nine minutes after the break Holland then deservedly took the lead, with Montpellier midfielder Dekker heading home an inswinging free-kick from Sherida Spitse from seven yards.

But just six minutes later Canada were on level terms, with Sinclair superbly turning home at the far post a teasing low ball into the six-yard box from Ashley Lawrence.

Christine Sinclair of Canada celebrates with teammates after scoring

However, 15 minutes from time Holland sealed the three points with Beerensteyn, on as a substitute five minutes earlier, starting and finishing an incisive move by sliding home a Van Lunteren cross from three yards.

Holland will now face 2015 runner-up Japan in Rennes next Tuesday, while Canada take on USA after they won Group F, in Paris on Monday.


Ajara Nchout scored two brilliant goals, including an injury-time winner, as Cameroon dramatically beat New Zealand 2-1 to reach the last 16 of the World Cup as a best third-placed team.

Nchout turned inside Ria Percival in the 95th minute and superbly curled in the winner to put Cameroon through.

Ajara Nchout of Cameroon scores her team’s first goal

They were heading out after Aurelle Awona sliced a volley into her own net with 10 minutes remaining for 1-1.

Nchout had put her side ahead in the second half with a lovely, dinked goal.

Although Cameroon finished on three points, the same as Nigeria from Group A, they went through courtesy of having scored just a single goal more (3) than their African counterparts.

The Netherlands finished top of Group E with a 100% record after a 2-1 victory over Canada, who finish in second place.


Alex Morgan of the USA battles for possession with Julia Zigiotti

USA broke a Women’s World Cup record in their game against Sweden by scoring the most goals in group stage history with an astonishing 18.

Both sides were already assured of their places in the last 16, but the USA added to their 13-0 and 3-0 wins over Thailand and Chile with another strong performance in Le Havre.

Unmarked midfielder Lindsey Horan poked in the opener from an early corner, before Tobin Heath’s strike deflected in off Chelsea defender Jonna Andersson as the USA added a controversial second after the break.

Jill Ellis’ side face Spain in the next round while Sweden meet Canada, with both of those matches to be played on Monday.

Andersson’s own goal came amid yet another debatable intervention involving VAR at this tournament, eventually being given despite USA substitute Carli Lloyd being in an offside position in the middle when the cross was played in.

Lindsey Horan of the USA scores and runs off to celebrate

Lloyd did not touch the ball, so was deemed not to have been interfering with play after a lengthy stoppage for the review, but her presence clearly affected Linda Sembrant’s attempt to hook the cross clear, which diverted the ball towards Heath.


Chile missed out on a Women’s World Cup last-16 tie against England by the width of the woodwork in their dramatic 2-0 win over Thailand.

Needing a three-goal win to advance, Chile were 2-0 up when they were awarded a penalty after keeper Waraporn Boonsing fouled Maria Jose Urrutia.

Waraporn Boonsing of Thailand scores an own goal, Chile’s first

However, Francisca Lara stepped up and struck her effort against the bar.

They took the lead when Boonsing inadvertently fired into her own net before Urrutia’s header made it 2-0.

So the last 16 games are:

  • Germany v Nigeria
  • Norway v Australia
  • England v Cameroon
  • France v Brazil
  • Spain v USA
  • Sweden v Canada
  • Italy v China
  • Netherlands v Japan

Women’s World Cup: England top Group D after victory over Japan as Scotland dumped out after VAR controversy

19 Jun

There was yet more VAR controversy at the Women’s World Cup in France on Wednesday evening.

England faced off against Japan in Nice, with a win for either side securing top spot in Group D.

While in Paris, Scotland knew they had to win to keep their faint chances of progressing to the round of 16 alive against Argentina.

Ellen White celebrates after her double for England

Japan 0-2 England

Having survived a scare when Bardsley pulled off a superb save to touch Kumi Yokoyama’s free-kick against the bar, England took the lead in the 14th minute as Ellen White scored her second goal of the tournament.

Georgia Stanway showed good strength as she turned and played a through-ball to White, who lifted an effort beyond goalkeeper Ayaka Yamashita.

The score was 1-0 as the teams went in at the break, with Yamashita having made three fine stops to prevent England from extending their advantage.

The goalkeeper did well to deny Scott and Stanway in quick succession soon after White’s goal, then impressed again as she kept out an effort from Daly.

The England players celebrate after getting all three points

The Lionesses went close to a second goal as another good save by Yamashita saw her push away Toni Duggan’s volley from a cross by Lucy Bronze.

But England were indebted to a great tackle by Houghton in the area to thwart Yuika Sugasawa.

And White made the game safe with her second six minutes before the end of normal time after being played through by Karen Carney. The Manchester City striker showed tremendous composure to calmly slot the ball past Yamashita once again.

Phil Neville’s side will find out who they face later this week

Phil Neville’s England will now face a third-placed finisher in the next round – either China (Group B), or Cameroon or New Zealand (Group E), or Chile or Thailand (Group F).
Their opponents will be determined on Thursday when Groups E and F conclude, and the match will take place on Sunday in Valenciennes.

Scotland 3-3 Argentina

Shelley Kerr could not believe what was happening in Paris

Scotland are out of the Women’s World Cup after a twice-taken added time penalty gave Argentina a dramatic draw.

The Scots needed to win and Kim Little turned in their opener before Jen Beattie and Erin Cuthbert netted from corners after the break.

Milagros Menendez then Florencia Bonsegundo replied for Argentina.

And a VAR-awarded spot-kick taken by Bonsegundo was saved by Alexander but she was off her line and the Argentina forward converted second time round.

Erin Cuthbert was inconsolable at full-time at the Parc des Princes

Shelley Kerr’s side were on course to be one of the four best third-placed sides going into Thursday’s final fixtures in Groups E and F with 16 minutes to play but Argentina’s dramatic recovery consigned the Scots to bottom place in Group D.

But Scotland captain Rachel Corsie was unhappy that referee Hyang-Ok Ri allowed play to continue as substitute Fiona Brown was coming on as a substitute.

Japan vs England: Free commentary stream and confirmed teams for Women’s World Cup clash, plus Scotland vs Argentina action

19 Jun

England will be looking to enter the World Cup knockout phase on a high by beating old foes Japan tonight.

The Lionesses have already secured their place in the next round by beating Scotland and Argentina in Group D.

But they won’t go easy on Japan this evening having lost to them in semi-finals of the 2015 tournament.

England take on Japan in their final World Cup group game tonight

Phil Neville’s side will also be out to win to secure top spot in their group and an easier tie in the Round of 16.

England finished third in Canada four years ago and have their sights set on at least reaching the final this time around.

But Steph Houghton and co. are yet to produce their best at the World Cup and will want to start clicking ahead of the toughest tests to come.

talkSPORT will have full coverage of this evening’s intriguing clash and here’s how you can tune in.

Japan vs England: What time does kick off?

This clash will take place on Wednesday, June 19 and will kick off at 8pm UK time.

It is being held at the Allianz Riviera in Nice, the stadium where England beat Scotland in their opening Group D tie.

England star Ellen White

Japan vs England: Live on talkSPORT

talkSPORT has exclusive rights to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup and will be broadcasting all the action from Nice live.

Our coverage of the Group D tie will begin at 7pm. Natalie Sawyer will host all the build-up with Sam Matterface, Claire Rafferty and Fara Williams on commentary duty.

To tune in, just click here for the live stream or click the radio below.

We’ll have every England game, both semi-finals, and the final live across the talkSPORT network over the coming weeks.

Japan vs England: What is the team news?



England: Bardsley, Bronze, Houghton, Bright, Stokes, Walsh, Scott, Stanway, Daly, Duggan, White

Subs: Greenwood, Parris, Taylor, Kirby, Telford, Williamson, McManus, Moore, Carney, Earps, Mead, Staniforth.

Phil Neville’s England face Japan tonight

Scotland vs Argentina: Live on talkSPORT 2

Scotland play their final group game of the 2019 Women’s World Cup against Argentina tonight.

The Scots have lost 2-1 to both England and Japan in France but Shelley Kerr’s side have performed admirable at the tournament.

Scotland, playing in their first ever World Cup, must win this evening to have any chance of progressing to the last 16 as one of the best third-placed sides.

Scotland face Argentina in their final World Cup group game

The game will kick-off at the same time as Japan vs England and we’ll have full coverage of the action on talkSPORT 2.

Scotland will be in action at the brilliant Parc des Princes and we will be broadcasting all the action from Paris live.

Our coverage of the tie will begin at 6pm with Nigel Adderley and Laura Montgomery bringing you all the build-up and commentary.

To tune in, just click here for the live stream or click the radio below.

Scotland vs Argentina: What is the team news?

Scotland: Alexander, Smith, Docherty, Corsie, Beattie, Little, Weir, Crichton, Evans, Emslie, Cuthbert.

Subs: Lynn, Fife, Love, Lauder, Ross, Arthur, Howard, C. Murray, J. Murray, Clelland, Brown, Arnot.

Argentina: TO FOLLOW


Women’s World Cup: Marta scores record 17th World Cup finals goal, Sam Kerr moves level with Alex Morgan and Italy progress to last-16

18 Jun

The final round of group matches are upon us at the 2019 Women’s World Cup.

On Monday, host nation France secured top spot in Group thanks to victory over Nigeria, while Germany and Norway also picked up wins.

So who would join them in the last 16 after Tuesday’s round of games?

Marta of Brazil celebrates with teammates

Jamaica 1-4 Australia

Sam Kerr scored four goals as Australia beat Jamaica 4-1 to finish second in Group C and book their place in the last 16 of the Women’s World Cup.

The 25-year-old Chicago Red Stars forward scored her second goal in three games when she broke the deadlock in the 11th minute before netting again before the break and again to seal her hat-trick in the 69th minute.

Kerr added her fourth in the 83rd minute as Australia headed for the knockout stages as she moved level with United States’ Alex Morgan as the top-scorer at this World Cup with five goals.

Sam Kerr of Australia celebrates with teammates after scoring her team’s first goal

Australia skipper Kerr saw Jamaica goalkeeper Nicole McClure off her line and looped in a header after an inch-perfect cross from the left with 11 minutes on the clock.

Kerr kept up her prolific form when she nodded in the second after a simple ball was sent in from the right in the 41st minute.

Jamaica pulled one back – their first-ever goal at a Women’s World Cup – when half-time substitute Havana Solaun coolly rounded the goalkeeper to roll the ball into the corner four minutes into the second half.

Khadija Shaw went close for the Reggae Girlz in the 54th minute but her strike flew over the crossbar. Shaw went close again 10 minutes later, evading two challenges before drilling a long-range strike which again rose over the bar.

Players of Jamaica salute their loyal supporters

However, it was Australia who found the net again and Kerr who claimed her hat-trick in the 69th minute.

Kerr had a penalty shout turned down by VAR as the match entered its last 10 minutes but added her fourth in the 83rd minute when McClure panicked and kicked the air instead of the ball when attempting a clearance.

Italy 0-1 Brazil

Six-time world player of the year Marta scored a record 17th World Cup finals goal to clinch Brazil’s place in the last 16 with a 1-0 win over Italy, who topped Group C on goal difference.

Marta slams home the spot kick for the Selecao

The 33-year-old Brazil legend’s nerveless, second-half penalty saw her become the all-time leading scorer at men’s or women’s World Cups, surpassing retired Germany striker Miroslav Klose.

Italy, who had already qualified, went close twice through Juventus’ Barbara Bonansea in the first half, but faded after the break in Valenciennes.

But an experienced Brazil side, who clipped the bar through Andressinha’s fine second-half free-kick, narrowly missed out on second spot as Australia beat Jamaica 4-1 to pip Vadao’s side on goals scored.

The South Americans now look set to face hosts France in the next round in Le Havre on Sunday, unless a relatively unlikely combination of results later this week puts them on a path to meet Germany on Saturday instead.

As group winners, Italy will play against a third-placed team in the last 16, with Nigeria or China their most likely opponents.

Qatar 2022: Bookies slash odds on England hosting next World Cup after Michel Platini arrest

18 Jun

Bookmakers have slashed the odds on Qatar being stripped of hosting the World Cup in 2022.

According to Coral, England have gone from 10-1 to 6-1 to host it instead following Michel Platini’s arrest.

Former UEFA president Platini was detained for questioning by French police over the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to the small Gulf state.

Platini was detained and spoken to by police on Tuesday morning

Platini, who has never denied voting for Qatar but has always rejected any claims of wrongdoing, was detained in a suburb of Paris on Tuesday morning.

“Since it was awarded the 2022 World Cup, there has been nothing but controversy around why Qatar were selected as hosts and following this latest development, the betting suggests there is a strong chance they could now be stripped of the tournament,” said Coral’s John Hill.“If a new host is required, England are likely to be one of the favourites as they are one of the few countries who could hold the tournament at short notice with their infrastructure and transport.”

The Parquet National Financier has been investigating the December 2010 decision to stage football’s biggest tournament in the wealthy Qatar since 2016.

England fans were convinced football was coming home last summer following an unforgettable tournament in Russia

Qatar beat bids from Australia, Japan, South Korea and the United States in a vote by the executive committee of world football’s governing body FIFA, but more than half of that 22-man panel have now been accused of receiving bribes.

Platini was head of European football’s governing body until 2015 when he was handed an eight-year ban over ethics breaches that was later reduced to four years on appeal.

The ban expires this October and he has previously suggested he intends to return to football politics.

Argentina legend Diego Maradona says ‘Hand of God’ goal against England was ‘symbolic revenge’ for the Falklands War

16 Jun

Diego Maradona has again refused to apologise for his infamous ‘Hand of God’ goal, insisting it was ‘symbolic revenge’ for the Falklands War.

The Argentine forward blatantly handled the ball into the net past England goalkeeper Peter Shilton during the 1986 World Cup quarter-final.

Maradona has again refused to apologise for his ‘Hand of God’ goal

But the incident was not spotted by the referee and despite furious protests from manager Bobby Robson and the England players, the goal was given.

Moments later, he produced what many regard as one of the greatest individual goals of all time, slaloming his way through England’s back-line before scoring the winner to send his side to the semi-final of the tournament.

There was further tension in the lead up to the match due to the 1982 war between the two nations, where 649 Argentinians and 255 British troops died in three months of fighting.

And in the new film about the 58-year-old, called ‘Diego Maradona – Rebel, Hero, Hustler, God’, the Albiceleste hero again remained defiant over his controversial actions.

Maradona said: “We, as Argentinians, didn’t know what the military was up to. They told us that we were winning the war. But in reality, England was winning 20-0. It was tough.

“The hype made it seem liked we were going to play out another war.

Maradona recently stepped away as manager of Dorados

“I knew it was my hand. It wasn’t my plan but the action happened so fast that the linesman didn’t see me putting my hand in. The referee looked at me and he said: ‘Goal.’

“It was a nice feeling like some sort of symbolic revenge against the English.”

Shilton, 69, admitted last week he boycotted the premiere of the film, saying he was ‘playing darts’ instead.

Following the England victory, Argentina went on to beat West Germany 3-2 in the final in Mexico and this cemented captain Maradona’s legendary status.

England vs Argentina: Free commentary stream, kick-off time and confirmed team news for Women’s World Cup clash

14 Jun

England face Argentina tonight knowing a victory will all but guarantee their place in the Women’s World Cup knockout stages.

Phil Neville’s Lionesses narrowly saw off Scotland in their opening clash, claiming a 2-1 victory over their old foes thanks to Ellen White’s winner.

They will now be eager to beat the South Americans this evening as a tough clash against former World Cup winners Japan awaits in their final round of group games.

England take on Argentina in their World Cup Group D clash tonight

But that might not be easy as Argentina held the Japanese to a goalless draw on Monday.

Neville’s side are among the favourite to claim World Cup glory in France but were sluggish in the Group D opener.

Steph Houghton and co will want to show their best against Argentina and get their tournament truly up and running.

This match – and every England and Scotland game this summer – will be live on talkSPORT and here’s how you can tune in.

England vs Argentina: What time does kick off?

This clash will take place on Friday, June 14 and will kick off at 8pm UK time.

It is being held at the Stade Oceane in Le Havre in northern France. Two games have been played there so far with Spain beating South Africa 3-1 and the Netherlands winning 1-0 against New Zealand.

England vs Argentina: Live on talkSPORT

talkSPORT has exclusive rights to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup and will be broadcasting all the action from Le Havre live.

Our coverage of the Group D tie will begin at 7pm. Natalie Sawyer will host all the build-up with Sam Matterface and Claire Rafferty on commentary duty.

To tune in, just click here for the live stream or click the radio below.

We’ll have every England and Scotland game, both semi-finals, and the final live across the talkSPORT network over the coming weeks.

England beat Scotland 2-1 in the World Cup opener

England vs Argentina: What has been said?

Phil Neville: “The games that we’ve studied Argentina we don’t think we’ve seen them as organised and determined as they were against Japan [in Monday’s goalless draw].

“We’re under no illusions as to how tough this game will be. Man-to-man marking, aggressive and we need to show the same quality we did against Scotland to get a result.”

“We were planning to play against a team sitting back and defending a bit deeper than Scotland. They know they will be playing in tight spaces, limited room, and we’ve worked hard on our final third play in the last few days.

“They are strong defensively and it’s up to us to break that defence down. We know we must defend well as well – their two best players are attacking players.

“We must make sure our players in the final third are relaxed and free to express themselves.”

Phil Neville’s England take on Argentina tonight

England vs Argentina: What is the team news?

England: Telford, Bronze, Greenwood, Houghton, Parris, Scott, Taylor, Kirby, McManus, Moore, Mead

Subs: Bardsley, Walsh, Bright, Duggan, Stokes, Williamson, Daly, White, Stanway, Carney, Earps, Staniforth

Argentina: Correa, Sachs, Barroso, Cometti, Stabile, Banini, Bravo, Mayorga, Benitez, Bonsegundo, Jaimes

Subs: Santana, Oviedo, Garton, Gomez, Potassa, Coronel, Chavez, Larroquette, Ippolito, Juncos, Menéndez, Pereyra