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Hello and welcome to live coverage of a brand-new tournament featuring
four of the top five teams in the world. England have a chance to
prove themselves once again across the Atlantic, against some mighty
foes and some of the biggest stars in the game. It is the USA, Germany,
France and England battling it out for the SheBelieves Cup. I am
delighted to be joined by Rachel Brown Finne and Rachel Janke who
scored. Good Brown Finne and Rachel Janke who
scored. Good members Rachel? Great memories. We were positive and
produced a goal like. I bet you don't mind watching that back again
and again. No, not at all. It was pretty good. Rachel number 2,
England would normally be in Cyprus Cup action at this point in time.
How important is it for them to playing regularly? I think the
Cyprus Cup has created certain difor them. We -- certainty for them. We
win it on a fairly regular basis. This is a unique, brilliant
opportunity to step up and play the best teams in the world which
doesn't come around every day. The USA has proven it's a good recipe
for success. It is the world's top three ranked FIFA teams, what do you
think the chances are? I I -- I think it will be difficult but you
need to challenge yourself. It is difficult because we're not in
season. That's a really hard thing. Off the back of the World Cup, I
think that's it. It is a good one. Fingers crossed we can do it. OK.
Well, let's find out about about the team selection now. Joe Curry has
been spoking to Mark Sampson. I think we have a similar team to what
played in Germany. That was an excellent performance. We are very
strong in both sides of the park. We're strong in transition and to
make chances. We have a lot of the players who played in that game.
Only one change with -- -- Duggan coming in for Kirby. The Americans
are the world champions and best team in the world. There is no fear
but respect. We'll do our best to queet a positive result. Just -- get
a positive result. Just excited. We're excited to get out there play
as a team. It has been a long chance since we've played as a team, not
like the Americans, who have played every week since the World Cup. This
is a great chance to play as a team, enjoy ourselves together. One player
that has more knowledge than anyone of tonight's opponents is Jodie
Taylor. She's team-mates with four of the current squad and has seen
first-hand the boost the World Cup win has given the American game.
Women's soccer has always been massive in the States anyway but we
saw a big difference in club games in attendance before and after. My
club we were averaging between 14 and 15,000 before the World Cup and
post-World Cup we were selling out at 20,000. It is just the attention
in general of the US women winning the World Cup. There's a great
belief and confidence amongst the team. We all play in Germany and
elsewhere. To be honest, anyone can win it but to me, it shows how far
we have come and how far we've come along to be competing with the
world's best. Rachel, thoughts on team selection tonight? Yes, it's
looking good. He's put a strong team together, only one change from the
Germany game. It is pretty strong. I'm a little bit confused and
looking forward to watching how it goes with Fara Williams playing more
on the right side. I've not seen ta before. But, yeah, I think it will
be strong and hopefully we can do well. What do you think England's
game plan will be tonight? Well, having seen Fara kind of starting on
the right I'm anticipate that four in midfield will play fairly narrow
and hopefully constrict thement a of possession they can have -- the
amount of possession they can have the middle. We know Carli Lloyd is a
danger play, so I imagine the stem of flow to that sort of player who
can shoot from any distance will be a target for England. It is not just
about what the USA can do. I think England will come into this with a
positive mentality. It will be about what they can do and what they can
take to the USA as well. What is it about the USA, I know they're the
world champions, but do they have this aura about them? Yes, simply,
they do. Previous England teams I've been a part of have been kind of
over-awed by that. It's a powerful thing they've got. It comes from
winning games, winning tournaments, winning World Cups, winning
Olympics, playing very regularly together. That momentum never stops.
How are England perceived now? Before last summer they wouldn't get
past the knockout stage. Now they're third. I think I the sheer fact
they're at this tournament is that they're viewed very highly and
they're a threat to other teams. People now want to play against
England. They're scared of what England can actually bring.
Predictions, very quickly? I'm still going to go with the 2-1 win to the
USA? OK. I'm going you on that. Time to cross live to Tampa, Florida.
Commentary from Sue Smith and first Jonathan Pearce. Thank you very
much, good evening, everyone. Welcome to the home of the
Buccaneers, twice Super Bowl champs. Many people in Canada last summer
believed the US would have had a far more difficult task in the final in
the World Cup had they been playing more difficult task in the final in
England rather than Japan. It will be interesting to see how far both
teams have come. England's performances last summer have heard
them a place in this invitational tournament. While the USA players
have only been apart for two weeks since the World Cup, England's team
has only been together for about a fortnight. England have played just
five matches, the last back in November, and the players were in
the middle of their pre-season training at various clubs. Here
comes the various anthems. ENGLISH NATIONAL ANTHEM PLAYING
# Can you see by the dawn's early light
# What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming?
# Whose broad stripes and bright stars,
# Through the perilous fight, # O'er the ramparts we watched
were so gallantly streaming? # And the rocket's red glare,
the bombs bursting in air, # Gave proof through the night
that our flag was still there. # Oh, say
# Does that star-spangled banner yet wave
# O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?
Carli Lloyd, very much, of course, was involved last summer. And she,
Sue, is the world Footballer of the Year. Rightly so. She's a key player
for the United States. England's defence are going to have to be
careful of her and Alex Morgan, the way they link up together. The way
Alex Morgan likes to stretch the play and Lloyd will come and
receive. She is so effectively where she plays now. The rest of the US A
substitutes. Engen was involved in the World Cup squad, Johnston played
in the World Cup final as did Krieger. The one thing from the
England side that knew 0-0 in -- drew 0-0 Germany, Toni Duggan
preferred to Kirby. Fara Williams in her 14th international but only
second this season is set to be on the right of the midfield. I'm not
too sure they'll stick with that. I'm not either. I think Fara
Williams will drop in. I'd probably like Stokes, Demi Scott to drop in.
I think her best position is just sitting just in, in front of the
back four 6789 A few of those England players have been in the USA
for spells, Jodie Taylor has four team-mates from Portland in the US
squad. And the goalkeeper was born in the US. Eniola Aluko will be
hoping to come off the bench and score as she approaches a milestone
in her England career - 98 cups she has. Already seen one game in the
tournament. You'll be seeing the highlights of the France-German game
at half time -- France-Germany game at half time so we'll keep you in
suspense. I tell you what, the national anthem of that match had
the German girls in fits of giggles. Holds 70,000 here. Not that many
here tonight but women's football very much on the here. For example,
in January, they played Ireland in front of 23,000. At the same time
the men were playing Iceland in front of just 8,000. It will be a
hot evening. Temperatures, round about an hour ago, were 30 degrees
Celsius. A little bit cooler now. And England in red. The goal awaits
you on your right-hand side in the first half. Captain Steph Houghton
raring to go. Alongside Gilly Flaherty, and it is the USA who are
off and under way. They're looking for a bright start as they got
against Japan in the final. Here is Carli Lloyd looking to team-mate up
straightaway the youngster Mallory Pugh. It is only her seventh cap.
She was brilliant in Olympic qualifying. She's the youngest
player the US have ever had in Olympic qualifiers - 79 days shy of
her 18th birthday - and they're talking very, very highly of her.
She is a real talent. It is quite novel for a player of her age to be
playing for the USA. They normally take them away on camps. But this
girl is so good, she's starting with them. She's starting on the
right-hand side which means that Tobin Heath starts on the left. She
started the World Cup on the right-hand side. Hope Solo has kept
five clean sheets in a row and hasn't been beaten in the US goal
for 481 minutes. WHISTLE
A major factor about this whole US setup is that they treat their
national side like a club team. They keep them together. They had a week
off at Christmas. After they played Ireland they had a few days after
before they prepared for their Olympic qualifying. Once they won
that tournament they had a few days off but that's it for the year. It
makes a big difference. Our girls don't manage to get together that
much. That's why the United States are so good because they do play
like a club team. They know exactly how each other play. It obviously
works for them. I think that's something we can look into for the
future. Fara didn't play any of the group
games. There's Mark Sampson. He has recently signed a contract extension
to 2019. Marion Spacey, the assistant to Mark.
It is 0-0. Not our graphics, I apologise for that. That is Jill
Ellis, who has very much an English connection. She was born near
Portsouth. England on a raid here. Stokes played at left back in the
warm-up for the World Cup throughout the qualifiers, then wask -- then
was axed for the World Cup finals but is very much present. It is
credit to her she continued to play for her club Manchester City and
Mark Sampson picked her again. She is very versatile. She can play left
back, left midfield and play in the centre in midfield as well. I think
we'll need her energy tonight. Toni Duggan. You'll be able to hear
the girls shouting to each other. You won't be able to... Well you
might be able to mistake Toni Duggan because her accent very similar to
Alex Greenwood, very scuose girls. I don't think they'll mind me saying
they have strong accents. Strong characters, the both. I'll tell you
what they're saying. This is a bright start by England. Just
Harper. Klingenberg, wearing 7, started 38 out of the last 48 games.
This is the England captain, Steph Houghton, ever-present. Had a strong
World Cup. Emily Sonnett alongside Becky Sauerbrunn, just
Heath is switched back to the right-hand side now. Jill Scott wins
it for England - tallest player out there tonight. Taylor makes good
runs. She is an intelligent footballer. In support here now
comes Lucy Bronze. Typical run from her. England have a corner. This is
where she proved so useful in fact World Cup final. She scored against
Norway, she scored against Canada. And they targeted her at setpieces.
Duggan in there as well, of course. U
Greenwood will take it, which means it will swing in. Was the youngest
in the squad last summer. In it goes to the penalty area. Headed away.
Duggan had been holding deep. Williams, that's... Oh, cross-wires.
And she's got some pace, Mallory Pugh, the teenager. Klingenberg,
goes after the youngster again. CROWD: Boo! Boos from the crowd.
They wondering if that should have been a free-kick. If you're
wondering what the SheBelieves Cup means, that term 'she believes', was
a campaign launched in the run-up to the World Cup, developed by the USA
themselves, and it has grown ever since. Morgan Brian had a very good
World Cup final. Lindsey Horan played in the Olympic qualifying
campaign. They won that mini tournament. They beat Canada in the
final 2-0, so they're off to Rio. A foul against the youngster. Yes,
she's quick, and she wants to just run direct at players. And I think
Jordan Nobbs just actually stopped her in her tracks but I don't know
if she picked up a little knock, she's combn limping a lit -- been
limping a little bit then but she looks OK. Just got to university,
UCLA, and play for the Bruen side there. Kelley O'Hara has lost a lot
of international football through injury. Had a very good start to the
World Cup qualifying campaign. Hope Solo take it is free kick. Best
goalkeeper at the World Cup finals. She get -- she kept a clean sheet
there. These USA internationals really stay with the national squad
as we've been saying. Don't play as many club games as the English
players now play. Lindsey Horan pushes it forward. A very good spell
at Saint-Germain, bypassed university to go to Paris. Is now
back in the USA, in Portland, team-mate of Jodie Taylor.
All eyes on Mallory Pugh. Three state league titles, Colorado, her
junior side. Meghan Klingenberg, the left back. She won the Under 20
World Cup in 2008. They tend to bring their players through in
waves. Four of the current squad won that tournament in 2012, the
Understood 20s. I think Mark Sampson mentioned it in his interview there.
They get a few of the players, they retire or go off and have babies,
and the players they bring through are just as good. I think that's all
credit to the American system. You look at Mallory Pugh coming through
now and we've only seen glimpse of her but she's a top player. It shows
that things are working for them. Becky Sauerbrunn, out to Kelley
O'Hara. England are equipping themselves well here at the moment.
One or two of them were feeling the effects of jet lag over the past
couple of days in the preparation for this. It is too long for Jodi
Taylor, who has had her long flight to get here across the USA from
Portland on the far coast. O'Hara, Olympic gold medallist in London in
2012. Not a good ball. Interesting to hear Rachel's
thoughts before the game about the role the Cyprus Cup has played for
England and Mark Sampson really came to the fore in winning that
competition in 2015, having just taken over a year earlier, he
finished runner-up at it. What was she trying to do there, whip it in
for Taylor? I'm not sure if she's having a shot at goal there. She has
the ability to do that. She's nodding her head. She was trying to
test the keeper out. You can see straightaway the four in midfield
are staying very, very tight. They're trying to prevent anything
from happening in the centre of the park. You can see the four fullbacks
are pushing on at every opportunity to try and push the ball. Goodness
me, she is is lightning quick Pugh. It was a decent ball looking for
Alex Morgan. This is a star in the making - Mallory Pugh. It really is.
Very, very direct. Very pacey. Lucy Bronze is quick, so to be able to
outpace Lucy Bronze, she's definitely got speed on her side,
then a decent ball into the box as welt. Well, if she carries on
playing as long as Abby Wombach did, she could be around for the next
five World Cups! That's frightening. An interesting front two for the
England against the Germany game. I think these two, both of them will
run, do like to get into the channels but I think Toni Duggan
will come to feed a lot, and the combination of Jodie Taylor and Toni
Duggan linking up, I think it will work well for them especially if
they're coming for a counterattack, which I'm predicting they'll have to
do at times. England call for a free kick. You saw them appealing for it.
They've got it. Jill Scott that was. They certainly don't look overawed
against the best team in the world at the moment, ranked number 1 in
FIFA, and a team not here ranking outside the top four is Japan.
Hit the wall, disappointing, Fara Williams. Haven't seen a great deal
of the England cat tain at the moment -- captain at the moment.
That was offside. There's Hope Solo. She's had a checkered life, I think
it's fair to say. She's something... Has been something of a... Well,
she's been on the front pages of magazines in the USA, TV shows but
shen she's been involved in -- then she's been involved in court cases
as well. A controversial character. She's a very controversial character
off the pitch, but on the field, fantastic keeper. O'Hara nips in.
England covering well. They have the ball and are finding spaces. And
when they haven't, they're denying space for the likes of Carli Lloyd.
25 games for the USA. 85 goals. 17 this season in 15 appearances.
They've played Costa Rica a couple of times and Haiti. In four wins
against those two countries they've managed to score 28 goals. They beat
Brazil, Trinidad. They had a couple of games against China and lost at
home to China in New Orleans. They've loss one home game in 110
internationals over 12 years. Lindsey Horan is from Lakewood,
California. For -- California. She was at Stanford University.
Again, that's the route that so many of these US international players
take. She's just off to UCLA. They get their scholarships. They go to
college football where they play a lot of games. And they have all the
facilities and they get big crowds watching them. So they're used to
that sort of standard of play. Horan making that run. Just a natural
profession for them into the national team. Makes that run,
doesn't she, Alex Morgan. Tries to get in beind and Lloyd lid --
behind, Carli Lloyd arrives late. That's what Japan simply couldn't
cope. They were blown away. We were blown away in the opening 15
minutes. We couldn't quite believe what we were seeing in the World Cup
final. It was great to commentate on though, there was loads happening,
lots to talk about. Carli Lloyd in the third minute, seconds later it
was two. Then Holiday after 4 minutes, then Carli Lloyd's
hat-trick with a lob after 16 minutes. So the goals continued to
flow. England on the counter here. Jordan Nobbs had an injury-hit World
Cup. Just played the one game. Klingenberg was pushed. She's very
consistent and is right up there, possibly, at the moment the best
left back in the world. One of them anyway. Yeah, I've got the agree
with. I also think Kelley O'Hara has really put a name for herself after
the Olympic qualification because I know Krieger was one of the, you
know, starters and she just, whether it's her attacking ability, O'Hara
likes to get forward, and I think that's what Jill Ellis likes,
Krieger is very much a stay-at-home defender, and she seems to have
cemented her place in the team. Out comes Bardsley, had to get there,
and was fouled. She took a real blow there from Alex Morgan. Who had to
go for the ball. It was there, hesitation at the pack for England.
I -- back for England. I think she's winded, Karen Bardsley. You will
remember she had to go off against Canada in Vancouver. She picked up
an inflammation of the eye. She was something to do with a reaction to
the artificial surface there. Karen Bardsley did the right thing.
She had to come out and she had to cover. Just on the blindside of
Steph Houghton. She did well, Karen Bardsley. She's from Santa Monica in
California. Her parents are English, I think. Yeah, they're from
Manchester. And that's where she plays, Manchester City. She played
in Estonia earlier this season in one of the qualifiers for Euro 17.
England got off to a good start there. Very awkward conditions that
day. Toiling with rain, a howling rain and the visitors parked the
team bus in front of their goal. Oh, that's a bad, short pass and Duggan
can pick it up here! Approaching midway mark in the first half then
it comes back to Scott. In this opening game in the SheBelieves Cup.
Nobbs. That was a bad pass and Toni Duggan straightaway is onto that,
but the American defence, the speed at which they get back, there's two
or three players around her and she can't find a space. Becky
Sauerbrunn, I remember she should have been sent off in the World Cup
final, adamant to this day. Klingenberg has to drop back.
England are more than matching the USA in the midfield. They've forced
a throw off Tobin Heath. We'll be together for the next
England Euro qualifier. You can see it on the BBC. It's at New York
Stadium in Rotherham. It is a 7:55 kick-off. Well worth going to
support the Lionesses, who are holding the World Champions here. It
is really good value for money, the fact that you can take the whole
family for under ?25. You probably wouldn't get a ticket in the men's
game for that, would you? You wouldn't.
This is a bit of a knock to the England fullback, Alex Morgan. She
has been in startling goal-scoring form - six in her last six
internationals. 10 this season. She's in real pain there. Uhas she
popped her shoulder out there? Looks most uncomfortable. Well, Demi
Stokes could go back in there. They have... Certainly have alternatives.
The rest of the squad can be named on the bench. And they are tonight.
Although, Siobhan Chamberlain, one of the cover goalkeepers, has an
injury and I don't think will be able to come on. If she's officially
named unfit she can't sit on the bench. Themes are -- thems the rules
and she'd have to sit up in the stand by herself. That must have
been the incident. They sort of got their arms tangled. Thankfully, I
think she's OK. 25 minutes gone. Williams is still there with her.
Got the cross in. Morgan Brian played a major part in fact World
Cup final. Set up the last goal. Emily Sonnett graduated from the
University of Virginia. She's the Atlantic Coast Conference College
Defender of the Year last year, the 22-year-old. Good shout from Karen
Bardsley. Right at the start of the World Cup she had a shaky moment and
then she grew in confidence. In the end, I seem to remember was second
only to Hope Solo in the goalkeeper rankings.
Solo, herself, was a striker until her teenage years. Then someone put
her in goal for a game, she stayed. Then she was on a mission to improve
the standard of goalkeeping. She was aware that goalkeepers in the
women's game had been harshly criticised, according to her, and
she wanted to prove people wrong. I think she's probably done that, in
her 119th international. She certainly has. So approaching the
half-hour mark. A littleway short of that. Thank you very much for
staying up and watching it if you're watching it with us in real-time.
There's Demi Stokes, who has changed her hairstylesince we last saw her.
I still find it strange, she played such a massive role throughout
qualifying to the World Cup, then she was axed, now she's back in. She
was one of the biggest, I think, shocks of the squad when it was
announced. But when questions were raised of young Mark Sampson's Mt --
management decisions, she got them all right. He has taken England to
their highest position in any World Cup final since Bobby Moore lifted
the trophy at Wembley in '66. Here's Carli Lloyd. A big game, a big
goal-scorer, twice scored in Olympic finals.
Sauerbrunn to Emily Sonnett. Her twin Emma also plays. She's at the
University of Georgia. The referee is allowing a fair
degree of physicality. WHISTLE
We'll have the blow there on the foul on Alex Greenwood, who, it is
fair to say, Sue, getting some rough old treatment. She is. I've been
really impressed by how England is pressure rising America and stopping
them from playing. You can see. So of the American girls are getting
frustrated, a few balls are going astray. That's credit to how England
are defending at the minute. I'd like to see them when in possession
be more creative and keep the ball up top. Defensively, they've been
excellent. Haven't conceded a goal in five games. Lost only five of
their matches in 2015 in England. 10 of the England players in the
squad have played for USA clubs. Certainly cageyer than the opening
-- cagier than the opening game between France and Germany. We'll
see the action of that at half-time. Greenwood. I don't think the
referee... I think she guessed. The assistant didn't help at all. Didn't
look particularly interested. Tobin Heath, just that one game in
the finals. 111 caps and, this time, there's a little bit of revenge and
for that she gets a yellow card and quite rightly so, Alex Greenwood,
one of the five England players who started the playoff game against
Germany back in the summer. That was a little bit of frustration
of grood grood grood. It was -- for Alex Greenwood. It was late. It was
a booking. I think she was getting her own back there. I think she was.
That was a message, "You may be a World Cup winner but you're not
going to get away with the nonsense you've been trying so far." But
Heath has goalside, checks back, gets the cross in, important
defending by the captain, getting it away and then looped over from
Lindsey Horan! Who was a striker when she first came into the squad.
Dropped out for a little while. Came back in, now a midfielder.
England's first international in the USA since they played in Birmingham,
Alabama. They were beaten 6-0 that day. I seem to remember the forwards
and especially the wide players not tracking back that day. Bit of a
lazy performance by some of the wide players. Were you playing in that?
LAUGHS No, I'm sure, I'm sure not. I seem
to remember you starting a run one day and finishing it the next.
LAUGHS Here's Greenwood. I think that
shows, as well, how far England have come and how they've progressed,
especially over the last 12 months. The fact that we did get beat 6-0.
I'm sure I did track back, but the gulf between the two sides now, it's
so much closer. Do you look now, because the facilities are better,
the money invested in the women's game, it's jumped so dramatically in
the last, what, 36 months, four years let's say, do you regard that
with a pang of jealousy or do you think 'this is all fantastic. It is
a great story'. I wish I was 10 years younger like I'm sure a lot of
us do. But I think it is just great for the game. It is fantastic to see
it grow and to see these girls improving and competing with some of
the top nations in the world. But, yeah, I am a bit jealous. Just the
10 years? Some of us wish we here's Lloyd. Likes to run from
these deep positions. We haven't seen Mallory Pugh in recent minute
z. Lucy Bronze, good defencing. Didn't look at the body movement of
Pugh. Kept her eyes glued on the ball. Of course, was in the All Star
team in the summer. Her first thought is to go forward and to run
at the defence, Mallory Pugh there. That was well-read by Alex
Greenwood. You can hear the England bench shouting to Toni Duggan, "Go
on! Go on!" That's when you want your centre forward to pressurise,
keep her in there and make sure the team go with her when they're
running back towards the goal. She hopes for a third Olympic gold in
the summer in Rio. The German coach, who is here, bows out after Rio and
she'll be determined to make up for what was a disappointing,
ultimately, World Cup for Germany. Early on in the competition while
the USA were patchy, Germany looked very good. Oh, she's appealed for
handball there and that seemed to bounce up and hit Becky Sauerbrunn
on the arm! England win it back and the referee, quite right to pull up
Morgan Brian there for the foul. She was dispossessed. Is this handball.
I think it is handball and you can tell by Jodi Taylor's reaction. When
a player reacts like that. Do you know, I think the telling point as
she made the initial run with Jodie Taylor, she lost her bearings and
she looked to see where Jodie Taylor was. Then I think she panicked and
pushed the ball away with her arm. England should have had a penalty.
Yeah, definitely. That was good play by Jodi Taylor as well.
WHISTLE Unlucky for the fullback to attack
Tobin Heath in the air there. This is Meghan Klingenberg, the left back
on the right-hand side. Had a spell at North Carolina Taheals, a very
successful university side, that. Well, England should have had a
penalty against the wampbs. They come on the -- world champions. They
come on the attack now but there's no rhythm and England have played
them very well. World champions. They come on the attack now but
there's no rhythm and England have played them very well. Let's not
forget that the WSL football returns at the end of this month for the
next season. Nine teams in the top flight. Including your Doncaster
Bells. Yes. It will be nice to compete with the best teams in the
country again. I think the fact that these girls haven't played
competitive football for a good few months, they're really matching
Mathew Leckie in all departments --matching America in all
departments. I'm sure we'll see match fitness coming towards the
second half but I didn't think they'd have that sharpness. For me,
I don't see any signs of them not having played for a few months.
Here's Jill Scott. Looking agitated, the world
champions. Trying to force one or two things and rushing their
control. Here's Lindsey Horan, after winning the Understood 20 Concacaf
title --Under 20 Concacaf title. Sauerbrunn, US Defender of the Year
on a couple of occasions. The only player to start all 24 games for the
USA in that fantastic calendar year of 2015. Here's Klingenberg.
WHISTLE Rather significant that that switch
from left-to-right seems permanent for her and she's gone on there.
No change out of the England midfield or defence.
Pugh has given away a free kick here. That's the rashness of youth.
It's interesting you mention Carli Lloyd because England have done
very, very well to deal with her because she tries to find those
little pockets of space and she gets on the ball and makes things happen
but you can see she's going deeper and deeper to get on the ball. She
scored a hat-trick against Ireland, scored a hat-trick against Haiti.
Sixth highest scorer in the US history. We've had a couple of texts
in asking us what's happened to the other stars of the US World Cup
success. Amy Rodriguez is expecting. Meghan Rapone is injured. And Abby
Wambach retired. There you are. Klingenberg down the linement you
wander -- you wonder what the future holds for one or two of the English
players not included by Mark Sampson. White, I think Moore would
have been here but not fit. Danielle Carter is out with the Under 23s.
Should one or two of those players be anxious? I think it just shows
what quality he has to pick from now. The fact those players you've
mentioned aren't even getting in the scaud -- squad. The competition for
places means it's even more exciting for England going forward. The next
game is against Germany on Sunday. They finish off next Thursday
against France. WHISTLE
That's offside, against Alex Morgan, running in behind. Has just moved
clubs to Florida. She's just joined the Orlando Pride. Very successful
in her own right outside of football. She has written a series
of books, mind you, that was about football, a teenage player. A series
of books called The Kicks, or something like that. But her profile
in the USA is much higher than the profile of women's football in the
UK still. They're on chat programmes and many of them are on TV shows.
They've got a free-kick here, the USA, for a bundling foul on Alex
Morgan. Lucy Bronze with her. The girl whose middle name is Tough.
Who's half English, half Portuguese. She was short-listed for Sports
Personality of the Year. Here comes Pugh, Houghton is there with her,
didn't clear. Lloyd gets the shot - blocked! Blocked wheel by Alex
Greenwood who was covering across. That's the first chance she's had!
Klingenberg gone back to the left! What's this for? Foul by Carli
Lloyd. This just show it is pace and the power and they're prepared to
run in behind. Gilly Flaherty, it was, with the... Tried to... Well,
she got the tackle in but just couldn't quite clear it and Alex
Greenwood I had ever so well to see the danger and come across an clear
it --and clear it. Apologies to Steph Houghton, it wasn't her
mistake, it was Gilly Flaherty. A little bit of inexperience there.
Only her fourth international for England. She made her debut against
China. She got the touch but couldn't quite get rid of the ball.
We're into the last 30 seconds of the half. A good, strong first half,
has Alex Greenwood. Hougth hout felt she was fell --
Houghton fell she was fouled and Bronze squeezed it back under
pressure. She's one of the fastest I've seen in a long while. She
really is and she's just not... She isn't scared at all. You can see
there that youth where she wants to attack the defenders, she wants to
score goals. She's been the main threat. Into the one-minute of added
time. Klingenberg back on the left-hand side. Here's Morgan Brian,
fourth international. She's still only 23. And plays for Houston Dash.
Through the box by Horan - downward header by Pugh, and it's dropped
wide... What are your overall thoughts of the first half, Sue? I
think defensively, England have been excellent. I think they've stopped
America from playing, which was what we were scared of - the two
forwards, Carli Lloyd and Alex Morgan. I think England have dealt
with them very well. I'd like to see them, when they go forward, with a
little bit more quality and maybe giving Jodie Taylor and Toni Duggan
a chance. It's a little bit too high - they've got to chest it down or
head it on. Just a bit more quality on their forward play. But
defensively, excellent. Hope Solo - 526 minutes without conceding a
goal. England have gone 3.5 games without conceding a goal. That's
why, here in Tampa, the half-time score line is USA 0, England 0.
Well, it's a battle, but one that England have been more than up to so
far. Chances for both sides, but should USA have paid the penalty?
Rachel, your thoughts on the first half? I think it's been very
encouraging for all England fans. I think the England
encouraging for all England fans. I think the England team have started
on the front foot. They look very, very composed, but they also look
very, very positive and energised. You can see that they're up for the
occasion. So, real positive start for me from the team. OK. Rachel?
Yeah, definitely. I mean, Mark Sampson's statement before was that
he was not gonna fear anyone, he was gonna show 'em respect, but no fear.
That's definitely what they've gone and done. OK. Let's talk about this
penalty. Should it have been a penalty - handball? Not for me, to
be honest. If it was the other end, and one of our defenders, I think
Jodie Taylor just nudges her in the back there, and - it does hit her
hand, yes, but I think that nudge in the back puts her off. Yes, you
could see them be given. So I wouldn't complain if we did get a
penalty, but if it was down the other end, I wouldn't appreciate it.
You can see from Jodhi's reaction, she thought it was a penalty
straightaway. It certainly redirects the ball away from Jodie Taylor, so
you can see why England claim the penalty. Do you think the tactics
have paid off in the first half? Certainly. Not only have England
reduced the USA to virtually zero chances - they've been banking up
very, very well, England, as units in the back four, the midfield four.
Their pressing game has been very, very strong right from the front
two, through the midfield. Midfield, as we've suggested, has been working
very, very narrow, but England have been doubling up fantastically well
all around the pitch. We're seeing examples of it here - right from the
very, very top, the ball goes past Jordan Nobbs, Jill Scott sweeps for
her. The ball goes past Jill Scott, Jordan Nobbs sweeps up for her. All
around the pitch, as soon as the ball passes one of the England
players, someone else is putting pressure on them. It's causing the
USA to - all it's allowing them to do, really, is forcing them into
errors and playing these hopeful long balls, which we very rarely see
the USA resort to. Andrea Barzagli here was fantastically -- Karen
Bardsley was fantastically aware to play that long ball. But the USA
playing hopeless, aimless balls is something we don't see very often.
They look frustrated, don't they? Can we keep this up for the second
half? That's the big question, considering our lack of game time.
But look at the subs England have got to bring on - the experience and
also the pace of people. I think it will be a good second half for them.
I think Mark Sampson was adamant that he didn't want to use England
not having many games and just be coming out of pre-season as an
excuse. I think we saw the USA maybe creep into it literally the last
couple of minutes of the first half, and maybe create the odd opening,
but generally if England can come out and play the first 45 - sorry,
the second 45 as they did the first 45, they're absolutely flying and
have got every chance in this game. OK. Well, half-time and it's 0-0.
Earl a E.ON, France met Germany in the opening match of the tournament
- a repeat of the World Cup quarterfinal, which was won on
penalties by the Germans. Only 11 of the 22 that started that match began
tonight, but plenty of quality on show.
There were plenty of giggles in the warm-up as the German team found the
singing of their national an them... Most amusing.
Commentary comes from JP Dellacamera.
There's the long shot from distance - that may have gone in...
France has the numbers in a five-on-five situation... Back
across - far post! Saved! Off the line by Schul!
Schul had to come across her line to make the save...
Great save by Schul with the right foot! She tried to go to the
keeper's right, and the foot keeps it scoreless!
That may have been Mayer. We'll see who was lined up there. As that ball
came across off the dangerous corner kick, it's 1-0 Germany.
What a good start for Germany! Next up is England on Sunday:
Kick-off at 10:45. So, Germany - Sunday, England. What
do you think? What do England need to look out for? It's always an epic
battle, Germany against England. It's been good for England to have
the opportunity to have viewed this match, and they'll obviously take it
away and analyse it. But it's the same old Germany. Obviously they've
lost a couple of names from this summer's World Cup, but another
great challenge for England, and a very different challenge, I
anticipate, to the USA this evening. Alex Greenwood's going to have to be
careful if she wants to play in that match, picking up a booking in the
first half. It's a silly booking, as well - a needless booking. This
cover - Gilly Flaherty and Jordan Nobbs are both covering her. She
doesn't need to do it. I think she's got a little bit frustrated, to be
honest. Alex Greenwood's done very, very well against Tobin Heath,
against Alex Morgan down that left-hand side. So yeah, that
booking was probably a bit disappointing, because it's maybe
going to put Alex Greenwood on the back foot a little bit - she's going
to have to be careful with challenges of that sort of nature.
Until then, I think she's been frustrating the US players. She
hasn't had an outstanding game so far. She reads the game so well.
Good tackle by Gillibrand, but what a block that is in cover there. We
need her on the pitch, really, but we need her to be sensible and
disciplined, like she was at the beginning of the game. She'll need
more protection from Demi in the second half? Potentially. Alex
Greenwood may potentially end up with a second yellow - USA will be
clever and push everything onto Alex Greenwood down that side and maybe
lead her into that territory. So yes, she'll have to be disciplined
in the second half. Demi and the players around her, I'm sure, will
cover. We were talking about Claire Rafferty being a big part of the
World Cup but not featuring so far... I'm sure Mark Sampson has his
reasons for going with Alex Greenwood and Demi Stokes, who
obviously wasn't a part of the World Cup squad. But this is her home
territory, where she went to university - this is where Demi
Stokes has lived for the last five years. It seems that Mark Sampson
has a plan and a way he wants to play. I'm sure he would have planned
for this 0-0 at half-time, although he would have liked them to be 1-0
up. He would have planned to make some changes, maybe to the left back
or other players, in the second half. We've come to learn to trust
Mark Sampson's cunning plans, I think! Let's see if we can continue
to do so. It's 12 months to the day since Steph Houghton led England out
against Finland, as the Lionesses beginning their World Cup
preparations. Now, the defender's been reflecting on the World Cup and
what they achieved in Canada. If you go through the whole tournament, we
gained confidence with each match, and we hit a lot of milestones. We
reached the first knockout stage, we beat Canada with 50,000 in the
stadium. We were so close to beating Japan, and we won a bronze medal. I
think, with the squad that we have, we did gain confidence. Don't get us
wrong - we have a very, very talented squad, and we have players
that are hungry for success on a personal and a team level. The most
important thing for us is to stick together. We have a squad of 23, and
it's not just about 11 people on the pitch - it's about the 23 as a
whole, and that's what our major strength was in the World Cup -
being able to be probably the most together team in that tournament. We
come against a lot of setbacks, but we also had some joy in that
tournament. Now it's all about using that confidence to produce the level
on a more consistent basis against the best teams. Most importantly was
all about me as an individual playing well and making sure I was
in form. I felt as though I did have a World Cup. I mean, to be able to
lead my country out was a massive achievement and a massive honour,
and I'm very privileged to have the support of all the girls and some
fantastic individuals. I feel as though I have grown not only as a
player in learning to play at centre-half and how Mark wants us to
play here, and playing against the best strikers, but also as a person
and a leader. It's something that I do work hard on, and hopefully can
continue to develop over the next few years. Steph Houghton played
every minute of the World Cup for England. How impressive is she? As
captain, she's really got into that role, hasn't she? She certainly has
big shoes to fill, for Steph, at a fairly young age. But as soon as
Mark Sampson came into the role as manager, he designated her as his
captain. As Steph mentioned there, she's had to work at that. She's led
her country to its best results so far in its history. She's obviously
doing something well, along with the rest of the team. But she's got a
job on her hands tonight to lead the team and to - you know, a historic
win it would be in the US. Certainly. What do you think Steph
would be saying right now in the dressing-room? I think just keep
doing what they've been doing. They've been very disciplined and
worked hard for each other. I think now they need to concentrate on
making sure they keep it at 0-0 but, as it gets to the 70th minute or
something like that, really go for it. Make some changes, get some subs
on, and really go for the win. It's so important to keep their
concentration right now. They nearly got caught out at the death at the
end of the first half. That's it. It was literally the switch-off - just
that fraction of a second bit slower, and it led to a free,
uncontested header, really - not for the debutant, but for the young Pugh
for the US. That's as simple as it is. They're the world's best team.
They're going to be clinical and make the most of those chances. So
England got away with that one. Hopefully they'll have learned the
lesson that they cannot afford to switch off. However tired they are,
they've got to stay switched on. What do you make of the Americans?
How impressed are you with the superstars? They haven't really been
in the game, to be honest. I think Pugh's been the superstar. I
suppose, for a young kid, you probably wouldn't expect that. It's
a big crowd. There's a lot of expectation for her. But there
hasn't really been a lot from, you know, the likes of Alex Morgan.
Yeah, Carli Lloyd's virtually had no touches until literally... I think
that's down to England. You've got to credit them. Absolutely. The
pressure throughout the midfield is not allowing the ball to go through
the midfield very easily. It's not allowing the ball to be fed and to
be kearvel in possession for the forwards. They're not getting any
chances. Do you want to change your predictions at this point? Um, yes,
I'm glad that England are upsetting my prediction. I want England to go
on and win 1-0. I could see them making it 1-0! Let's see! It's
goalless at half-time. Time to rejoin Sue Smith and Johnathan
Pierce. Thank you very much. Players out for the second half. Doesn't
look as if there's any changes to either side. Tobin Heath hasn't been
able to get going, really, for the USA. Mallory Pugh, the youngster,
has been their star, as we've just heard from back in the studio. The
way that England have dealt with Carli Lloyd, I think, has been most
impressive - the world's best player, voted Fifa's top woman
earlier this year. She's not had a sniff of a chance, really, as
England are in red, kicking left to right, getting us off and under way
in this second half, with the captain - Steph Houghton - looking
for Jill Scott. Lucy Bronze on the attack... Scott wriggling through,
and in the end, young Pugh was back defensively, doing an astute job -
as she has done going forward! She stopped England there. I thought
Jill Scott was just going to wriggle her way through... Good play from
Lucy Bronze as well, straight from the off. She's forward, she's
looking to play into the box. As you heard from the girls back in
the studio, Sue, he does mathematically work out his games,
Mark Sampson. He spoke to us in Canada last summer. He said, "If we
can do this until 60-75, then I think we can do this in the last 15.
If it goes to extra-time, we can do this..." He's very methodical. I
think he would certainly have a game plan for the last 30 minutes, if
England are still in there with a chance of winning this. Yeah, I
totally agree. I think he'll be very happy with 0-0 at half-time. That's
probably something he said - "We'll contain America, then go for it from
the 70th minute." I wouldn't like to predict what Mark Sampson was going
to do! He completely changes things. They called him the Tinker Man in
the World Cup. All of his team formations and personnel that he
ticked - at times, we questioned it, and it always seemed to work. So
he's doing something right. Klingenberg clears it away. Good
pressure there from Jodie Taylor. It's a throw to England.
We heard what was said in the studio at half-time about the penalty
incident. Did it change your mind? Should England have had a spot kick
from the handball by Sauerbrunn? I think so. It changed the position of
the ball - the ball moved in a different direction. I think Jodie
Taylor was right in appealing. I'm going to be slightly biased, though,
aren't I? I'm with you - I think it certainly was a penalty.
53 games played, 41 wins for the USA coach.
They've given away a free kick here for a little nudge on Lindsey Horan,
who I think has played well for the USA.
They've lost just twice in 34 games since the start of 2014 - such a
momentous year. Deflected through. Gilly Flaherty
keeps it in play. It was USA's win at the Stadium MK last year against
England, back in February, that started their long unbeaten run.
Controversy in that game as well, because Jodie Taylor had a goal
chalked off that should have stood. That was a very close game, as well.
Stuck it in from a rebound, didn't she? And she was flagged for
offside. I think Mark Sampson will be really
pleased with the high percentage of 50-50s England have won.
He mentioned the fact beforehand, the USA are in full flow of another
national season - 15 games played since the World Cup, England are in
pre-season. He wasn't going to use that as an excuse. I think they've
acquitted themselves well in the physical aspect of their game. They
really have. When you play America, you've got to match them physically,
fitness-wise, and I think England have done that in all departments.
Jill Scott scored a very important goal against Bosnia back in
Bristol... Will she be frustrated with the role
she's been asked to play for? I don't think it's her most effective
position. I like to see her just in front of the back four, because she
can get on the ball a lot more and make things happen. But she's done a
job on that right-hand side. But I know that I'm sure Farah will have
preferred to have played in that position, just getting on the ball a
bit more. She scored a hat-trick on her debut,
and the goals have flowed ever since, really. Scored in major
tournaments... Scored three last summer, including a goal that earned
the bronze medal against Germany from the spot.
You weren't at that game, Sue. Were you watching it at a bar in
Vancouver, I seem to remember? May have been drunk...
LAUGHS Big screen, wasn't it? What a
dramatic place that is - Vancouver, a big screen overlooking the water
and mountains in the background, England beating Germany - it was a
great day. Really was. Pub up the road called The Elephant
In Cars, would you believe? I'm surprised I can remember it so well
- it all seems to be a bit of a blur!
Lindsey Horan is only 21 - she's outshone the more experienced Morgan
Brian at times. That's a foul from Mallory Pugh. Wry smile from Lucy
Bronze, with the free kick against the youngster. Played for it and got
it. She'll learn... This is a really
ever vessant talent... A big women's football week
initiative coming up from the FA. Check your county level clubs and
schools for information on that. The response to last year's events was
huge - they're trying to surpass that this year.
If you are a young player, get involved with the game. England need
to get involved and closer to Alex Morgan...
In the end, a tame shot easily dealt with from Karen Bardsley. She might
have hurt herself there - that was a good chance for a player of that
quality. She found herself in a lot of space. For me, she should have
cut the ball back. There were two players coming in at the edge of the
box, and she went for the shot. Wrong decision.
Just a little frustrated shrug of shoulders from Lloyd as she came
away... You can hear Mark Sampson shouting
"Tackle, tackle" from the sidelines. England have been playing a
high-pressing game - they've been quick to press.
Just a sense, ten minutes into the second half, that the USA are
beginning to step up a gear. Not a good ball in from O'Hara.
Williams mistimed it as well. Technically very gifted centre-half,
Becky Sauerbrunn. Didn't miss a minute of the World Cup finals,
Sauerbrunn. US College Athlete of the Year when she was at the
University of Virginia. Eight years in the squad now.
Talk about the USA bringing players through at younger age groups to win
things - Lucy Bronze was part of England's Euro under-19 winning
squad. Success at junior levels has
improved. Again, that's another step forward. In terms of development of
the game in the UK, we have to admit we are light years behind the USA.
But getting there. We are getting there. I think that's something we
have to look back at maybe ten years ago, when we didn't have that
structure in place. I think you look at myself, Rachel Brown, Rachel
Yankee - we went straight into the full senior squad at 16, 17. Now
they've got that development and progression through.
If you are involved in a local club out there, you can apply for grants
to set up teams, set up girls' teams, women's teams. If you haven't
got one, there are more and more charter clubs around, which is good
to see... As I mentioned in the first half,
their collegiate system for sport is astounding, really. But highly
pressurized, I hasten to add. England cutting some frustrated
figures out there now... That was a foul. Jodie Taylor
pleading her innocence... Look at this for England! Toni
Duggan's in here... She had options. Taylor was to her
left-hand side... Big chance for England has come and gone.
That was a real lapse in concentration from the American
defence - Toni Duggan completely free. Just a long pwol over the top
by Fara Williams, and she was completely open. You can see she was
really disappointed she didn't get that pass. The first touch took her
a little bit away from the goal. Hasn't scored since September 2014
against Montenegro. Finished off last season in crackerjack fashion
for Manchester City after an injury problem. She missed the first three
internationals this season with an ankle problem.
It's an England throw. The referee's been very good, apart from denying
England a blatant penalty - despite what the girls said in the studio.
LAUGHS Mind you, England could do with a
Rachel Yankee-type goal when in England's last victory against USA.
2-1, they won that one. Germany started with a win, which
you saw earlier. The right back, Mayer, scored the goal - she had a
very, very good World Cup. Mark Sampson yelling constantly from
the sidelines. I think that's a problem - when they go Inler ones,
they're very isolated. Jodie Taylor was very isolated, but the rest of
the team didn't come up. That's when America can play the ball around
you. You have to do it in groups, don't you? 10.5 hours of
international football now, the USA, without conceding a goal. Mind you,
England's record isn't bad at all. Tobin Heath is not a bad player at
all. Olympic gold medallist twice - three college titles with the
University of North Carolina. I think, at some stage, she's going
to get a chance... Lindsey Horan is going to come off,
and Christen Press will come on... She scored one goal in the World Cup
finals against Australia. More than attacking option.
I was just going to say that Horan likes to sit in a little bit,
whereas Press will be that runner in behind. They haven't really had
that, America. Midfield, at times, have been dominated by England
before. Morgan Brian, a World Cup winner
back in 2012. Gilly Flaherty clears it away. Well, 63 minutes into a
game against the world champions, and though England haven't created
much at all, they've denied the USA any sort of space, room to find
their rhythm, and they're going to make a substitution themselves here.
Izzy Christiansen's going to come on. Alex Greenwood's going to come
off. I imagine Demi Stokes will go back to left back. Definitely that's
what will happen. I think that's protecting Alex Greenwood after that
booking. I think she's had a very good first half.
Izzy Christiansen has been ever-present in the past four or
five games. She scored in their away game at Estonia in the first of the
Euro '17 qualifiers. Manchester City player - was at Everton and
Birmingham before that. She was at Manchester United as a
youth player. It's strange that Manchester United, in terms of wins,
haven't really been competitive. Maybe that will change. Interesting
- she's had a very good season with Man City last year, and got a call
up to their international set-up. She links up very well with Toni
Duggan and Jill Scott. That will be quite good to watch, to see if they
can do that on an international stage. She goes a little bit
unnoticed - clever, intelligent player.
Carli Lloyd has dropped into a deeper position now, getting the
ball there with the substitute on, Christen Press.
England looking comfortable, but the USA can change a game so very, very
quickly. Worked hard for that... That was a
clever play by Jodie Taylor. Three USA players around there, and just
managed to win her team a foul. I think this is probably England's
best opportunity to get a goal from the setpiece, especially with the
well-worked setpieces I know Mark Sampson does in training. We've seen
them at the World Cup. Germany next up for England on Sunday.
The young girl, Mallory Pugh, is going to go off, to be replaced by
Crystal Dunn. She was in the preliminary squad for the World Cup.
Didn't make the final squad. Played in every game bar two this
season - scored ten goals in 13. She picks it up straightaway. She's
a runner, too - loves to carry the ball. Like for like - fresh pair of
legs. Yeah, she's a real athlete. Can play wingback, so she's used to
that. Getting forward, getting back to defending. You can see she's got
pace as well. Plays for the Washington Spirit
side. She was top-scorer in the NWSL last season, and the Most Valuable
Player. Jordan Nobbs has gone through a lot
of work off the ball. This is promising - Jill Scott, Fara
Williams to the right-hand side. It's deflected away off
Klingenberg... Again, a move of promise for
England. Hope Solo saying "Watch the
runners." No-one has won more games for the USA than her.
Demi Stokes covering up at the back. In a quiet way, she's had a very
solid game. She's got through a lot of work, like Jordan Nobbs and Jill
Scott. When you play America, there is a lot of work off the ball.
She's the greatest women's goalkeeper of all time now. Angerer
of Germany, who's retired, may have something to say about that.
Germany's goalkeeper, Almuth Schult, had a very good save in her game
against France earlier today. But Hope Solo's a got to be in the
conversation, despite all the controversies about her.
Dunn gets inside, shoots, and scores! England are behind! From the
moment she cut inside, England were in trouble, and arrowed into the top
corner with 19 minutes to go, USA 1, England 0. What a fantastic strike
from Dunn there! From the minute she's come on, she's looked lively,
she's wanted to get on the ball, she's wanted to dribble and drive.
She just literally took the turn - you can see this is good play. Keeps
the ball, doesn't force it, and then it's just a little - just turns,
steps and gets that yard of space. And that's a rocket into the top
corner. Karen Bardsley couldn't do anything about that. Just before she
got the ball, she had a look over her shoulder and saw that there was
a gap in there, she could turn Houghton and she'd be on goal. I
think Steph Houghton will probably be a bit disappointed she didn't get
closer to her. But it was a good turn. In the recent Olympic
qualifying campaign, she scored five goals in one game against Puerto
Rico - that equalled the US record by any one player in a single game.
That's her 11th of this season in 14 internationals.
One moment of brilliance separates the sides. I think that's what was
needed - just a spark, a little bit of something - a bit of quality. I
think that's what you can say. Because Pugh was excellent, taking
players on and making things happen, but Crystal Dunn's obviously come on
and wanted to show what she's all about. That's the strength and depth
that the American national team have. They bring players on and they
can just change the game. Mark Sampson was saying to me
yesterday that, "Just when you think you've seen off the likes of Wambach
and Shannon Box and so on, they produce another one, another two,
another three..." They have such a huge pool of talent. These girls
play from a young age, and the attitudes are different there - it's
very much "Get girls into football as early as possible." Really
competitive football. There's state titles at junior school level. With
that does come extra pressure. England will need her now, in the
final third. She's an adventurous midfield player, Jill Scott. England
will need her there. She's only missed one of England's last 15
games - that was one of the World Cup games.
Again, Solo organising her penalty area.
The poor girl who was singing the national anthem - I think that's
going to go viral - the German players were in fits... It's an
interesting speaker system at this arena.
Christiansen got in there to support, and she can do that... Her
game is scoring goals - nine for Manchester City. She scores vital
goals, as well. Just anticipated where it was gonna go. Right idea,
just not the best execution. Off goes Fara Williams, on comes
Karen Carney, who's not played international football this year.
She had a back injury after the World Cup. She was rested so that
she could recuperate properly. Just moved clubs from Birmingham after a
long while there to go to Chelsea. In comes Michael Kirby and on goes
Jodie Taylor - fresh pair of legs up front. She got off to such a
fantastic start in the World Cup finals against Mexico. Sat on the
bench for the last four. What do you make of those changes,
Sue? I spoke about America's strength and depth, and it just
shows that England have also got that. Three quality players have
come on for England, and all three of them have got the ability to
change the game. It's nice to see Karen Carney back - I know she's
worked really hard in her rehab programme to get her back back to
how it should have been throughout the World Cup. I know she's raring
to go and can't wait to get some international football in. Michael
Kirby, we've seen what damage she can do. It's nice to see Mark
Sampson actually going for this, and going to get the goals now. Whether
there'll be a change in formation, I'm not sure.
She wants to send on Krieger... Ali Krieger, Washington Spirit -
best right back in the tournament at the World Cup finals. Not my words -
they were - she was selected as the best right back. She was desperately
disappointed to miss out on the Olympics in London. She had a bad
knee injury at the time. Jill Ellis seems to be preferring Kelley
O'Hara, and I think that's just because of her attacking ability
from fullback. Krieger's very much someone who likes to defend and is a
solid defender, but doesn't get forward too much.
Karen Carney is very experienced - seven major tournaments. Two changes
- Julie Johnston's going to come on, at centre-half.
CHEERING They're going to keep us waiting -
don't change your plans for Christmas, you could still be
here... In she goes - on comes Johnston.
CHEERING 11 minutes to go. What a
conservative move that is - presumably they'll go to three at
the back. They've taken off one of the world's best goal scorers, and
they've brought on a centreback - the captain of their Under 20 World
Cup-winning side of four years ago. Had a very good World Cup, but
scored an own goal in the final. Very strong athletic World Cup, I
should say. Once or twice, she looked a bit error-strewn, I have to
say. She has not been in the game at all
- that's all credit to England, to keep out the world's top player,
Carli Lloyd. But the score line is no
consolation. England will look back to that
incident in the first half where they should have had a penalty. A
handball by Sauerbrunn. Here's Bronze... Running out of play...
Corner? I thought that had gone out of play, I must admit. I think she's
got a bit lucky there. The crowd agrees with you, as well... Tobin
Heath's been forcing the defence. She's not really got into the game.
So there have been positives for England.
Hope Solo wins it unopposed. That's disappointing for England. Although
she's one of the world's top goalkeepers, she's not the tallest
out there. She's very athletic and very
commanding. I think when you're taking a corner, you've got to make
sure you miss her out or at least get somebody in front of her, making
it difficult. That was too easy a catch. Very popular in the USA - her
book Solo: A Memoir Of Hope - it got to number three on the bestsellers'
list a few years back. Let's just put this in context.
She's one of the world's best defenders, Becky Sauerbrunn. Lloyd
is the current world number one. Morgan - so talented, such a good
goal scorer. Heath - such a good player. Klingenberg - probably the
world's best left back. Says he's using this as a major
tournament - they're to pick their best team for every game. That
doesn't necessarily mean he'll pick the same 11, as we found out in the
World Cup - he has his game plan for each separate match. I like that
he'll change personnel and change tactics depending on the opposition.
But I think it's important to play games like this, and play the top
nations in the world, cos that's how you learn. When you're winning games
8-0 and 9-0, you don't learn anything from that. You might get a
bit of confidence, but you need to be playing these teams. And yes, it
might be a defeat, but they will learn lessons from it. Lucy Bronze
has given away a free kick here, with four minutes to go.
Eniola Aluko's going to come on for England, replacing Toni Duggan.
Oh, how she'd love to score here... She felt frustrated in the World Cup
finals. She started the first two - she played about an hour against
Germany. This is her 99th appearance for England.
Made her debut some 12 years ago. We've told the story before, Sue,
but it is still a remarkable one. She made a substitution appearance
at Euro 2005 against Denmark, just hours after taking a History A-level
exam on the same day. The USA have their game in the
grip... They'll slow the pace down to hold
possession, and manage the game well. England simply will not be
able to get enough of the ball to get back into it.
It was Press, and it was dipping, and the shot was just wide - but not
a bad effort at all from the LA-born striker. It's a quick turn, and just
gets a yard and I think Karen Bardsley did have it covered... They
just look dangerous at times. You know what they would have been
saying on the bench, then, don't you? "Don't foul. Not at this
stage." Meghan Klingenberg's going to come
off, and Whitney Engen's going to come on. A defender from Torrance,
California, who sat on the bench throughout the World Cup finals. 30
caps to her name. Last appearance was in January in
the win over the Republic of Ireland. Won that game 5-0. ..In San
Diego. USA fans screaming for a free kick
there - didn't get it... Jordan Nobbs has gone for goal from a long
way out. With that, perhaps England's last chance has come and
gone. She scored a belter in the Under 19 European Championship final
against Sweden a few years ago, but not on this occasion...
This could be England's last chance, then!
Carney looking for Scott... There was a foul. Surely that means that
England have opened up this She Believes Cup Tournament - the first
of its kind - with defeat, and the USA will hold on. Your overall
thoughts, Sue? I think lots of positives for England. I know
they're not going to be thinking that, with a loss in their first
game, but they're playing against world champions. They've kept those
players quiet that you mentioned - world-class players - and
defensively very good, apart from the one maybe little lapse in
concentration. But for me, it was just a little bit of brilliance.
For a moment, the USA were squirming... I think also the fact
that they've matched USA in fitness and physicality - which is something
that we've found difficult in the past - is promising. I think they
can be proud of themselves. WHISTLE
CHEERING The roars you can hear mean that the
USA have opened the inaugural She Believes Cup. The champions have
kept another clean sheet - for Hope Solo, her sixth in a row. Jill Ellis
and her side get off to a winning start, with the only goal of the
game scored by Crystal Dunn, so very late on, after a very solid England
display. But it's an opening defeat here for England in the USA, beaten
by the hosts 1-0. A brave performance from the
Lionesses. Very little to separate the teams over the 90 minutes. It
took a bit of sparkle from Crystal Dunn to win the game for the
Americans. The Americans topped the group on
Fifa ranking. That's how it's settled if everything else remains
the same: What did you make of the second
half? Do you think the score line reflects England's performance?
SIGHS I think possibly, but I think
England will take great credit and strength from the fact that it's
taken something pretty outstanding to separate the two at the end of
the day. I think England's performance started very, very,
um... Um.....energetically. I just don't think England could maintain
that level of energy. Ultimately, that's when things started to open
up and the quality of the US kind of... You know, they got the chance,
and it was a stunning finish. Crystal Dunn made an impact
immediately, as soon as she came on. How impressive was she? She was
really good. She was so positive. As soon as she came on, she wanted to
run at the players. That's exactly what you needed. She's got good
positional awareness. Here, she nicks the ball and she's off down
the pitch. There's no second thought - just straightaway, want to take
people on. What I've found is that her positional awareness there - to
pick up the ball and then straightaway she's going at them,
but her passing... She was really tidy, I thought. She's a young
player. She hasn't played that much. She might have been a little bit
nervous. But she's willing to get into the box. Wants to play things
nice and tidy and just be composed on the ball She's certainly very
hungry. Every single pass, she was on the move. Finding space in
behind. You can see here, she lays it off to Klingenberg, who - again,
she's on the move, finding space. You'll see, she just checks her left
shoulder, creates a good amount of space, and what a finish! That is a
beautiful strike. First touch was amazing. Takes her into so much
space. She knew exactly what she was doing there. She knows exactly where
Steph's marking her. Brilliant. Into the space. No-one's stopping that.
No male or female keeper in the world is stopping that. That's worth
the five, six, seven runs of showing this. After five minutes of her
being on the pitch, she covered a lot of ground, but ultimately that
was top, top world-class. Similar to your goal that you scored against
USA a few years ago! LAUGHS
Let's talk about the game plan. We talked about it in the fist half -
Mark Sampson stuck to it. Putting the pressure on, forcing USA to make
mistakes? Yeah, I'd say he stuck to it. Certainly the first half, they
were very, very disciplined, England, and they were good at
moving up and maintaining space between the backline and the
midfield, and basically not giving a lot of room for the USA to play in.
That was typical of the first half. It continued in the second half -
the pressing from the front, the tight-knit formation of the midfield
remaining quite narrow, and again not giving a lot of space for the US
to work with. Every time the US were on the ball - whether Carli Lloyd or
any of the other players - they didn't have time on the ball. That
was forcing errors for the US. Non-typical play by the US. Being
knocked off the ball, playing long, hopeless, aimless balls. That's
really what England limited the US to. That shot was never going to
beat Karen Bardsley from that angle. Yes, it was a ball in from behind,
but world-class players were really limited to scraps. Your thoughts on
England's offensive tactics? They got in a bit more, didn't they? They
did. In the second half... Well, no - I think more so than in previous
games, certainly against the US and maybe against Germany... Had a few
chances, but I just don't think they were clinical enough. That's
probably been the problem. They're getting down the sides, and here we
seem to crowd each other out and then run into players and limit our
own chances. Ball in from the box. That ball's not good enough. Maybe
take one more extra pass to keep it moving. I think we're better at
passing the ball to players' feet. This is a good ball into space. It's
clever. Toni Duggan here - I think what she sees -- when she sees this
back, she'll be disappointed. Obviously she's not gonna hear Jodie
at the back post shouting, but she should have looked up. That was the
golden chance. Two against one, it really opened up. Great vision from
Fara Williams to flick the ball on and have seen that two-versus-one
opportunity. I'm sure Toni will be disappointed. They played well,
England, and started to create at the end, but I think there needs to
be a little bit of quality... Nothing wrong with having a shot
there - there wasn't other options - but in future games, they maybe need
to take one more extra pass. Possibly the best chance could have
been in the first half - if England had had a penalty. I know this has
divided opinion on Twitter in the studio... It falls into that cliche
category of "Could have been given." As England players and England fans,
we want that to be given. I think, if anything, Jodie Taylor kind of
earns it by harassing Becky Sauerbrunn from behind, and almost
forces her into that error. But it's not a clear-cut one for me. So,
England, as much as they were limited to opportunities by the US,
we limited them. I think that's something we can take forward.
Thoughts ahead of Germany? After tonight's performance? I think it's
positive. I think you wouldn't go and fear Germany. I don't think
Germany are a better team than USA. So I think they should go in with
the same sort of game plan. Just need to get those goals. If
anything, England have got the upper hand. They beat Germany in the
summer pretty convincingly. They deserved that win, that bronze
medal. Certainly England will have nothing to fear and will just want
to beat Germany again to compound their how -- compound how much
better they've become. Let's cross over to Joe Kerry, who's
with Mark Sampson. Only one goal in the game - a bright
one from Dunn. It was. She just spun her defender, created enough space
for herself... Look at that move right there...
OK, I think we've got some problems with sound, but I've interviewed
Mark Sampson a few times before - it didn't sound like the female voice
we just heard! England need to be tested against
the best teams, especially looking ahead to the Euros next year,
especially if they're to have a chance to win it. That's no
disrespect to the opposition to the qualification in the Euros, but they
are not going to provide them with the test they need for the standard
of teams they're gonna face in the latter stages of the Euros. England
wanted to win the European Championships. This is the best
opportunity England have ever had to play against the top nations in the
world. And also test the players. You can use a squad - this is just a
friendly tournament. You can use everybody and see what players he's
got for the Euros. Is this tournament a bigger challenge -
playing the world's top three teams - a bigger challenge than the World
Cup? I think there's no pressure on this tournament, for a start,
because it is a friendly tournament. Not that "friendlies" mean
friendlies, but nothing's at stake. I think England will feel pressure,
because on the bigger stage they've performed in, they're now in
everybody's eye. Otherwise, they wouldn't have been invited to this
tournament. They want to consolidate their status as the team to beat,
with performances, continued performances, of a certain standard.
So in some ways, there'll be pressure within the team to continue
these good performances. But it's a wonderful opportunity. If you had to
sum up the opening match in a few words? It was brilliant! I think
very positive for England. OK! Thank you, both, very much. A reminder -
we are back live on Sunday for Germany against England. We kick off
on the red button at 10:30. The second half will be straight after
Match of the Day two live on BBC One at 11:35.
We'll be live on the red button from 9:50 next Wednesday for England's
game against France. That's all we have time for. Thank
you for watching. Thank you to both reachals. England close but, in the
end -- Rachels. England close but, in the end, it was job done for the