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Alex Morgan is well aware that tomorrow’s clash with England will be a “tough challenge” for the United States given the mistakes they made in their 2-2 draw with Japan.
The US were left disappointed with the way they played, something England coach Phil Neville echoed to his players at half-time of their 2-1 win over Brazil, and Morgan knows the organisation of the Lionesses will cause her side problems.
“Having this disappointing tie right now, all eyes are on England,” Morgan said. “They’re a good team defensively, they’re very organised, so it will be a tough challenge for us.”
Neville will be keen to see what changes US coach Jill Ellis makes, with Christen Press impressing off the bench for the United States.
“Something you look at going into the World Cup is your depth and if you have players who can change the game,” the US coach said. “She’s posing a lot of challenges now in terms of selection because I thought she was an instant game-changer for us.”
Having watched his side start badly, Neville admitted he gave his players the hairdryer treatment but praised them for their second-half performance.
“I was probably a bit harsh on them because my frustration and anger boiled over.
“But the determination in the second half was as good as I’ve seen as manager.”
Neville himself will be looking to make a few of his own given how “tired” the players were.
Goals from Ellen White and Beth Mead cancelled out Andressa Alves’ first-half penalty but Neville was far from impressed with his side’s performance for large parts of that game.
“I had a lot of tired players but the determination in the second half was as good as I’ve seen as manager,” he said.
“The pitch was really slow so we had to play in their half and I knew they would tire. We scored two great goals and I enjoyed the test, our defenders had to defend, and it’s a big result.”
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