England's Neville 'completely and utterly ashamed' of Cameroon

Football Ferns Rosie White

Football Ferns Rosie White

The French could yet end up facing England in the last four, with Phil Neville´s team easing through to the quarter-finals thanks to a 3-0 win over Cameroon in Valenciennes.

Among other incidents, there was an elbow to the jaw, an allegation of spitting and two refusals to restart the game after one goal was awarded and another disallowed.

"Occasionally the referee makes mistakes but ultimately, the referee made a lot of mistakes tonight".

Phil Neville, England's manager, was clearly irked by what he saw from an opponent that lost its self-control and refused to play.

"I sat through the 90 minutes of football there and felt ashamed - proud of my own players´ behaviour under circumstances that I´ve never seen on a football field before, and completely and utterly ashamed of the behaviour of the opposition", fumed Neville.

Cameroon head coach Alain Djeumfa has claimed his side were victims of a "miscarriage of justice" following their Women's World Cup defeat to England. "This is going out worldwide". I know we get these these briefs about coming on TV and saying it was good game, but that wasn't a last-16 tie in terms of behaviour from footballers.

"I can't stand here and say it's fantastic or it's brilliant [as managers are instructed to do by soccer officials]".

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"I didn't enjoy it, the players didn't enjoy it and my players kept their concentration, but those images are going out worldwide and young girls are seeing that behaviour and it's not right".

"None", Neville said. "The rules are rules".

Goals from Steph Houghton, Ellen White and Alex Greenwood earned England the win at the Stade du Hainaut. It's not FIFA's fault, this time.

Into extra time they went, and Lyon star Henry had the last word to spark scenes of joy in the crowd of nearly 24,000. A team that are refusing to play.

"They're not used to playing the concacaf qualifying, the stuff that gets done to you in qualifying on the women's and the men's side".

Up next for England is Norway.

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