Phil Neville says England Women need to be ruthless

England beats Scotland with solid performance, another handball controversy

England beats Scotland with solid performance, another handball controversy

For the first half of their Women's World Cup opener, Scotland made no allotment for England's major advantage in individual and team quality.

Scotland later made a change in hopes of finding a way into the game.

These two familiar foes met during Euro 2017 group stages when England hit an injury ravaged Scotland for six without reply - but a repeat of that scoreline here is unlikely. Nikita Parris smashes home. 1-0.

But England's dominance did Scotland a favour.

Scotland were penalised for a handball and England added a second before half time.

Scotland fell to a 2-1 defeat in Nice in a game which attracted controversy with the use of VAR.

Scotland's Shelley Kerr said: "The first half we were disappointed but England played well".

But England defended solidly in the final stages to hold their hosts at bay and hold on to the three points.

England played against lower-ranked opposition in their warm-up games that play like this, but they didn't do that well against the likes of New Zealand, but having played teams like that it will be fresh in their minds.

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Stewart, who seemed at tears at points, said the men and women "responded in five seconds - they did their jobs". The room erupted in applause when he finished his remarks. "I cried through most of this, a lot of us did".

Scotland did not make the best use of Cuthbert in that solitary position.

Millie Bright sustained a shoulder problem during the game but it is not serious.

But Scotland hung around and capitalized on a counter in the 79th minute. Cuthbert was waiting for someone to boot the ball towards her, but that pass never came.

Scotland played a ball up the left flank at the start of her nutmeg sequence. Not because anyone is playing poorly, that's just always been his gameplan.

England have moved to the top of Group D, with the Three Lionesses boss admitting that he was happy with the result. The Chelsea midfielder drove at the retreating defence and played in Mead. England team is lead by Steph Houghton.

If anything, that should be their plan.

Neville called it an "unbelievable occasion" but there were little more than 13,000 fans inside the ground to see it, disappointingly fewer than the number of tickets Federation Internationale de Football Association said had been sold. They opened against England, one of the favourites.

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Even so, Scotland will take a lot of pride from keeping the margin so close. It feels like a really good setting for us, and right now the group is so strong and together; we're in a great place going into the tournament. He wants us to make sure we have fun while we're here and make the most of what will be an incredible experience for us all.

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