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Neville proud as Lionesses reach last 16

 

Digging deep: England’s Jodie Taylor
Digging deep: England’s Jodie Taylor

By Phil Medlicott

England Women's boss Phil Neville saluted his players after they secured a place in the last 16 of the World Cup last night.

Jodie Taylor's second-half finish earned a 1-0 win against Argentina in Le Havre and the Lionesses will now head into their final Group D game against Japan in Nice on Wednesday looking to cement top spot in the pool.

"I thought we were outstanding - the speed of our play against a team that was always going to be difficult to play against," said Neville whose side missed a first-half penalty when Vanina Correa foiled Nikita Parris.

"I'm so proud of them," he said.

"Four days ago I was critical but I'm proud of every single one of them tonight."

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