Ahead of Saturday’s match against New Zealand at the Amex Stadium, England head coach Phil Neville highlighted the importance of keeping a winning run intact before departing for the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France.
The Lionesses secured victories over Spain and Denmark in their two previous warm-up matches for the World Cup, and Neville identified tomorrow’s match as another opportunity to build confidence within the squad.
He said, “Winning breeds momentum. After the game on Saturday against Denmark, whether we played well or not, we won the game 2-0 and that’s another W in the win column.
“That means people around the world are saying ‘England have won again’. We place a massive emphasis on winning in training — we like to create a competitive environment.
“Elite sport is about winning and that’s what we’re really trying to focus on, the winning aspect, because we don’t want to settle for second best.”
Neville’s team will come up against Scotland, Argentina and Japan in the group stage of the World Cup, and the head coach believes it’s important to generate support ahead of the major tournament.
“Saturday is another example of us wanting to win the game to keep the momentum going. It’s important because we want people to invest in our game.
“When a bus leaves the depot there’s no passengers on the bus, but every time it stops it keeps picking up passengers, and it seems that every time we win, we keep picking up a large following.
“Seeing my players go out and perform the way I want them to in front of a good crowd at the Amex tomorrow would be fantastic for the Lionesses and women’s football.”