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World-class ace Rapinoe has my full admiration: England boss

 

Megan Rapinoe
Megan Rapinoe

By Phil Medlicott

England boss Phil Neville has spoken of the admiration he has for Megan Rapinoe - despite the United States star breaking his watch.

Rapinoe scored a brace in each of the last two rounds as the defending champions beat Spain 2-1 and then France by the same score.

When asked about the 33-year-old forward, Neville said: "Megan is someone from day one that I have really admired.

"I remember in my first SheBelieves Cup (in March 2018) when a ball bounced on the touchline, I went to catch the ball and her studs came right through my watch - and she's not repaid me yet!

"What I like about it is she didn't say sorry, she just got on with it. She's a winner.

"I like the individuality both on and off the field and I think she's a world-class footballer."

Rapinoe has been criticised on Twitter by US President Donald Trump after she said "I'm not going to the f*****g White House" when asked if she would visit should her team be victorious.

Rapinoe, who is gay, has previously accused Trump of being "sexist" and "misogynistic" and she refuses to sing the national anthem before matches.

Neville was asked what he thought about Rapinoe's stance, and he said: "I admire people that have personality and character, and people who stand up for what they believe in, and with strong values."

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