Chelsea goalkeeper Carly Telford and Manchester City forward Lauren Hemp were the only faint silver linings for Phil Neville’s Lionesses as they were humbled in a disappointing opening to their defence of their SheBelieves Cup title.
England went down 2-0 to tournament hosts the USA this morning and there were few positives for manager Neville to take from the match.
Below is a round-up of our player ratings from this morning’s fixture in Orlando, Florida.
Carly Telford – 7
Many people questioned her inclusion due to lack of minutes for Chelsea but she kept England in the match in the first half and her distribution looks to have come on in leaps on bounds. She could do nothing about either of the two goals yet is likely to make way for Ellie Roebuck in the coming fixtures.
Leah Williamson – 6
Pushed out wide away from her typical central positions and although she looked comfortable defensively, she didn’t provide the attacking prowess that an established right-back like Lucy Bronze would offer.
Steph Houghton – 5
Struggled to break the lines to find the midfield three so Houghton had to resort to long balls which rarely found their target.
Millie Bright – 5
Bright has had a great season so far for Chelsea but she hasn’t been able to replicate her club form with the Lionesses for quite some time. She was consistently swamped by the USA press which meant she regularly lost possession in dangerous areas.
Alex Greenwood – 6
Showed some neat footwork in tight spots to escape the swarming host players and if England were going to score, it looked most likely to come from one of her corners.
Kiera Walsh – 5
Dallied on the ball but was not afforded the time that she typically gets in the FA Women’s Super League and was punished for it. She will undoubtedly have better games for her country and has a big future.
Jill Scott – 6
Ran herself ragged to try and keep up with the American midfield but couldn’t break up their offence in central areas. She wasn’t given a moments peace on the ball from the likes of Julie Ertz.
Georgia Stanway – 5
Stanway provided some good deliveries into the area from corners but she was anonymous in the USA half of the pitch.
Nikita Parris – 6
Kept Crystal Dunn at bay to nullify the left-back’s attacking threat, however, also only showed glimpses of her attacking prowess herself. Parris is likely to have to do much less tracking back in the final two games.
Lauren Hemp – 7
England’s best player on the night. Hemp gave veteran Kelley O’Hara a very tough time and may have had even more joy but for a couple of soft refereeing decisions. At just 19 years of age, the Manchester City winger has very bright England future and we’re excited to see more from her.
Ellen White – 5
Left isolated up top on her own and had to feed off scraps so she had little impact on the game.
Jordan Nobbs – 6
Gave England a much-needed presence in the middle of the park for the brief time that she was on the pitch.
Toni Duggan – 5
Like Stanway, Duggan saw very little of the ball in the attacking areas so couldn’t dig her side out of the hole that they were in.
Beth England – 6
Looked sharp for the one opportunity that she had but couldn’t influence the game like we know that she can.
Chloe Kelly – N/A
Not on the pitch long enough to demonstrate the great form she hass shown for Everton this year. She will be hoping for time to impress against Japan and Spain in the next two games.