Phil Neville said England were “ready to attack the business end” of the Women’s World Cup after they wrapped up their Group D matches with a 2-0 win over Japan in Nice.
Having gone into the contest already qualified for the last 16 and needing to avoid defeat to cement top spot, the Lionesses completed a 100 per cent record in the pool as Ellen White netted a brace.
White produced a cool finish in the 14th minute following good work from Georgia Stanway, then slotted in her second goal, and third of the tournament, in the 84th having been teed up by substitute Karen Carney.
The latter effort came after a spell in which Japan had threatened to equalise.
And when Neville was asked afterwards if it mattered about the performance when the team was winning, the England boss said: “I think when we get to the last 16, it’s about winning.
“We place a big emphasis on winning. We do like to play with a certain style, and I think in the second half, because we were so open and just a little bit fatigued, we probably got exposed a little bit.
“We’ve got another clean sheet, we’ve won another game, we’ve played three and won three and we are just where we want to be – in the last 16, ready to attack the business end of tournament.”
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