Early Days For England On Road To Euro 2021

Last updated : 07 October 2019 By Three Lions

Phil Neville saw England Women suffer a fourth defeat in five games on Saturday but believes the Lionesses are still making progress following their run to the semi-finals of the World Cup in France this summer.

Over 29,000 were at the Riverside Stadium for the game and Neville said afterwards: "I'm sure fans have gone home convinced they have seen a really good football team play unbelievably well but not got their rewards.

"Five games without a win is disappointing, and we want to reverse that on Tuesday, but I'm not concerned about the performance, that gives me hope."

An away game in Portugal on Tuesday evening is next for England before their date with a huge Wembley crowd for the Germany game in November.

For Neville there is the strange feeling, in international management terms, of a long build-up to the next major tournament, Euro 2021 which England will host and therefore do not need to qualify for, without competitive, must-win matches (although the manager himself and several of his squad will represent Great Britain at next year's Olympics).

The popularity of the Lionessess is growing all the time and seems, for the moment, to be results-proof at present but the manager himself will know that the jury remains firmly out on his ability and record to date.