Some striking issues
The selection headache is no easier when it comes to the strikers. Ellen White, Fran Kirby, Jodie Taylor, Nikita Parris, Beth Mead, Chioma Ubogagu and Toni Duggan all received minutes throughout the SheBelieves Cup and Neville must now find the most lethal combination, ahead of his side’s opening World Cup game against Scotland on June 9.
Taylor, in her first start after five months out injured, managed an assist but insisted she was “definitely not at my best right now”. Neville, however, described her as “sensational”.
“She was unbelievable,” he said. “I didn’t expect that kind of performance level, with no minutes under her belt.”
The kids are all right
The caveat to England’s demolition of Japan is that England’s group D opponents fielded six players with fewer than four caps each and only two with more than 25. Against such inexperience Neville’s decision to start Walsh (11 caps), Leah Williamson (four) and Lucy Staniforth, earning her seventh cap, was vindicated.