Neville – England should feel proud

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Phil Neville says England should feel 'proud' of their efforts despite losing 2-1 to the United States in the World Cup semi-finals on Tuesday.

Phil Neville says England should feel ‘proud’ of their efforts despite losing 2-1 to the United States in the World Cup semi-finals on Tuesday.

All the goals came during the first half at Parc Olympique Lyonnais, with Christen Press and Alex Morgan netting for the USA either side of Ellen White’s equaliser for England.

It could have been so different for the Lionesses, however, as White also had a goal disallowed for offside, while captain Steph Houghton missed a late penalty.

England have now lost at the semi-final stage of three consecutive major international tournaments, but Neville was refusing to get too downbeat after the match, as he feels his players should feel proud of their efforts as they came so close to defeating the reigning champions and number one ranked side in the world.

‘I’ve told them no tears tonight,’ said Neville.

‘I’m proud.

They have touched the hearts of the nation.

I couldn’t ask for more.

We had the time of our lives.

‘ England will now have to dust themselves down quickly as they must take on either Sweden or the Netherlands in Saturday’s third-place playoff and Neville knows it is still important they deliver a professional performance in that match.

‘We’ll have to allow 24 to 48 hours for this to sink in and for them to get over this disappointment,’ the former Manchester United and Everton player added.

‘Nothing I can say will make them feel better.

Elite sport and being on top of the world means that on Saturday in Nice we have to produce a performance.’

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