England vs Scotland was UK's most watched women's game of all

Tanya Simon
June 12, 2019

Carney's experience, coupled with the quality of Lyon's league and Champions League double victor Lucy Bronze along with Manchester City goal machine Nikita Parris demonstrate why England are ranked 3rd in the world and 7/1 (William Hill) fourth favourites to lift the World Cup in France.

"And they had gone", she said.

"The likes of Kim Little, Jennifer Beattie and Erin Cuthbert coming through the ranks they are going to be the players we have to stop, and we will have to make sure their rhythm doesn't get anywhere near what they are used to".

England meet Argentina in their next match at Le Havre on Friday while Shelley Kerr's Scotland take on world number seven Japan on the same day in Rennes. She's my best mate in camp & to be able to share these special moments with her, and the rest of the team, is unbelievable because we have such a laugh off the pitch.

"I'm not going to lie to you", Parris said.

"She's built like a marathon runner and that's why she's so fit". Yes, there will be times when we have to rest her, but her energy levels are frightening. 'Before lunch. She was like, "Just go to sleep and wake up". She wins every tackle, wins every header, she slides, and she has real quality.

I'm particularly lucky with my roommate Rachel Daly - she's one of a kind.

A Nikita Parris penalty and Ellen White's strike had England 2-0 up and cruising in the south of France, but Scotland rallied in the second half on their World Cup finals debut and Claire Emslie pulled one back.

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As the Lionesses got a foot hold in the game the wide areas became a regular catalyst to efforts on goal.

"I suppose the disappointment leaving the game", Neville said, "and it's the standards that we have set - is that in the second half we need to keep the ball better". It will be a different Scottish team, they will definitely try and make it hard for us. Yes, we gave a ball away for the goal. There's never a reason to be irate unless you're trying to get more out of them, and that's what Neville is trying to do. "We were trying to play the passes into midfield and I can not criticise them for that".

These figures made it the most watched women's game in the United Kingdom ever.

The game between the home nations attracted a peak audience of 6.1 million.

England and Scotland are joined in the group by Argentina and 2011 champion Japan.

Toni Duggan, not involved against Scotland after feeling a thigh issue, was also absent from the session as she did gym work, but Demi Stokes - another not in the squad on Sunday - did take part.

CB - Millie Bright - Missed the SheBelieves Cup through injury, but always likely to be selected alongside Houghton.

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