‘We’re picking the strongest team to win’: Phil Neville determined for England to end Women’s World Cup with victory in third place play-off against Sweden
- England play Sweden in Women’s World Cup bronze medal match on Saturday
- Boss Phil Neville insisted he and his team will take the match very seriously
- He was also positive about Premier League controlling Women’s Super League
England boss Phil Neville has stressed the World Cup third place play-off against Sweden is an ‘important’ match.
The Lionesses take on the Swedes for bronze at Nice’s Allianz Riviera on Saturday after losing 2-1 to the USA in the semi-final.
When asked at his pre-match press conference about his likely approach to selection for the game, Neville said: ‘It is full squad, strongest team. Obviously we can’t play Millie Bright because she is suspended, but we want to win this game.
Phil Neville called on England to end their Women’s World Cup campaign by beating Sweden
‘I want to send a message to my players that this game is important. We do have certain positions that we will need to freshen up in, but my players know, they are no illusions – this game is one we want to win.
‘We want to go away from this World Cup with something to show for the hard work we have put in. Also, six wins, one defeat sounds better than five wins and two defeats.
‘I want to be laying on a sunbed next week happy that we have finished the tournament well and not finish on two defeats. So we’re picking the strongest team to win, the players I feel will have enough to beat the Swedish team.’
England were knocked out from the tournament after losing to the USA 2-1 in the semi-final
Neville was also asked about the Premier League starting to explore if it should take control of the Women’s Super League.
And he said: ‘I think it’s really positive. You look at the brand the Premier League have got.
‘I think it was never the FA’s intention to fully run this league forever. With the Premier League brand, the sponsorship, the visibility that they’ve got worldwide.
‘I think the Premier League are looking at English women’s football now as something they need to get on board with and use their financial backing and their power to get involved in something that actually is taking off big time.
‘I think it’s really positive that there is a study. I think everyone at the FA and everyone in football would welcome that involvement.’