Neville revels in England brilliance as Bronze turns in golden performance

England coach Phil Neville insists he and the team are having the “time of our lives” after reaching the semi-finals of the Women’s World Cup.

Norway were swept aside in a comfortable 3-0 victory courtesy of goals from Jill Scott, Ellen White and Lucy Bronze and they could even afford a missed penalty by Nikita Parris.

“We expected nothing else and that’s not being arrogant. I thought it should have been four or five,” Neville told BBC One.

“That is the level of performance we have been showing. We are having the time of our lives. We are just where we want to be.”

Neville also heaped praise on Bronze, who scored a brilliant third from a free-kick move and was generally excellent all night.

“What you have seen tonight is that Lucy Bronze is the best player in the world: there is no player like her in the world, no player who has her athleticism and quality,” he added.

“I played full-back but never to that level she played at.”

Neville is confident his side can maintain their momentum as they head to Lyon for a semi-final against either hosts France or the United States next week.

“We are not bothered who we play,” added Neville.

“We will just go to Lyon, the atmosphere and occasion will be incredible, and my players have proved tonight the bigger the occasion the better they are.”

England Women's coach Phil Neville hailed Lucy Bronze as the best player in the world
England Women’s coach Phil Neville hailed Lucy Bronze as the best player in the world (Richard Sellers/PA)

A trip to Lyon means a return to the city where Bronze plays her club football for the Champions League winners.

“I’ve been dreaming of getting to Lyon and playing in that semi-final,” she told BBC One.

“I’m excited to be going to Lyon now. We know USA or France will be a top team and we will have to raise our game to another level.”

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