Phil Neville tells England Women to put on a show against Germany in front of sold out Wembley

8 Nov

Phil Neville wants his England Women’s side to put on a show at a sold out Wembley on Saturday.

It will be a record crowd for a women’s football match in the UK and will eclipse the 80,023 who saw the 2012 Olympic final between the United States and Japan.

It will be a momentous occasion, but the Lionesses have struggled since reaching the World Cup semi-finals in the summer.

Phil Neville will tell his side to ‘forget the sideshow and circus‘ around the game
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A 1-0 win over Portugal last month ended a five-match run without a victory and they are now coming up against the second best side in the world.

Neville said: “When you get to games like this, my experience tells me you have to forget the sideshow and circus that is going on around this occasion and, as players, we have to be 100 per cent focused on producing a good performance and winning the game.

“I think that is really important for the people that are coming, for England to put on a good show and to perform and win.”

England Women train at Wembley ahead of their match with Germany
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The former Manchester United defender has been impressed with the mindset of his players ahead of Saturday’s clash with Germany and next week’s encounter in the Czech Republic, both of which are international friendlies.

He added: “The magnitude and occasion and where it is being played has definitely inspired the players.

“It will be a great end to the year and I think the size of the occasion and this type of challenge is what the players need.

“Coming off the back of the World Cup where we all reached a massive emotional high, we have probably all found it a little bit difficult to get back up to that high mentally and physically, but this is the type of game where they are no excuses.

“It’s the biggest game the England women’s team have ever had in terms of the size of the game and I think emotionally, physically and tactically we need to be at our very best.

“The focus this week has been great. There has been a great buzz in the camp and everyone is ready for 5:30pm tomorrow.”

Neville will be without Atletico Madrid forward Toni Duggan on Saturday, with a lower back injury forcing the attacker to pull out of the squad.

Manchester City duo Gemma Bonner and Georgia Stanway have received call-ups as a result, but the Lionesses’ manager already knows his starting XI.

Georgia Stanway received a call-up to the England side
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“It’s not a game for rotation. It is a game against the second best team in the world where we will need all our best players on the pitch and that’s what we’ve done,” Neville said.

“We’ve selected the team, the players know the team and they’ve prepared well.”

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