England beat rivals Scotland in opener

England beats Scotland with solid performance, another handball controversy

England beats Scotland with solid performance, another handball controversy

Phil Neville was delighted with England's first-half performance but disappointed by a dip after the break as they opened their Women's World Cup campaign with a 2-1 win over Scotland in Nice.

Parris was named the Player of the Match for her efforts. An unsophisticated Route One pass could have sent Cuthbert in for a smash-and-grab goal, the kind one side of her club have used to win more than a few trophies.

England have a great chance of winning their first World Cup this summer, and Parris will be crucial to their hopes of making history.

We're a really close team, and we all get on so well.

Scotland created many moments against England that would look very familiar to Chelsea fans, and not always in a good way. Phil Neville's side found pleasure in deliveries into the box through Lucy Bronze and Beth Mead which consequently fizzled out.

Neville has also praised Jill Scott following Sunday's Group D clash at the Allianz Riviera. "They've qualified for their first World Cup and they've beaten Brazil, and they're definitely a lot stronger with those players in the squad". So they've got some key players. She has been for the last three games.

"I'm not going to lie to you".

I think we'll see that against Argentina. Yes, there will be times when we have to rest her, but her energy levels are frightening.

"She knows how to play the game and that's why she has got another probably two or three tournaments left with me".

Scotland pulled back a goal in the second half as former Manchester City forward Claire Emslie took advantage of a rare defensive error by England skipper Steph Houghton to slot the ball past goalkeeper Karen Bardsley with 11 minutes to go.

The England manager said: "I think at 2-0 we thought it was going to be easy in the second half".

"We have to develop this system of play that is the right way to play football". It will be a different Scottish team, they will definitely try and make it hard for us. Yes, we gave a ball away for the goal.

Scotland may be the underdogs but they have made it known that they are not heading to France to make up the numbers and rightly so having won four out of five ahead of this showpiece. "We know it's in the best interests of the group".

England are next in action on Friday when they face Argentina in Le Havre.

The one time Cuthbert was able to run onto a ball and battle Millie Bright shoulder-to-shoulder, Bright ended up on the ground and Cuthbert was looking for a teammate coming into the zone to continue the play.