Third place play-off a nonsense game, says England's Phil Neville

Phil Neville talks to his side

Neville will be keen to give minutes to some of the younger players who have only featured in fits and starts in this tournament so far - the likes of Georgia Stanway and Leah Williamson will be hopeful - but England know they can't afford to take their foot off the pedal against the Olympic silver medallists.

Sweden ended their World Cup campaign on a high with a 2-1 win over England in the bronze medal match on Saturday afternoon. He then dismissed the third-place game in an interview with the BBC after the contest.

"Well done to Sweden but it is a nonsense game", Neville said.

While Phil Neville applauded his team for showing qualities in the second half which he claimed never to have seen in his players before, Carney wants to see the Lionesses now go from strength to strength, from the comfort of her retirement. I'm not disrespecting the playoff but we came here to win the tournament.

White, who's in the lineup for the Three Lionesses, will be gunning for one or two more goals in this one; if Sweden aren't all the way up for the exercise that is the third-place game, the opportunity to snatch the trophy away from Morgan will surely present itself.

He added: "They've implemented every rule they discussed with us". We came here to win it.

"But we came here for gold".

"In 2015 we won bronze with magnificent performances, a manager (Mark Sampson) and a set of players that were great, and we celebrated and applauded".

"We wanted to win the bronze because it meant something to us, it meant history and I think that's what it meant to Sweden (on Saturday). When we select the team, if she's the best player on the pitch to take the penalty she will take it, but my gut feeling is there will probably be one or two players in front of her who have got a better record and want to take the penalty".

England lost 2-1 to the United States in the semifinal here on Tuesday. Lucy Bronze and Steph Houghton will need to step it up defensively, as well, without Bright to keep the back line together.

"Both teams are on their knees, they gave everything".

Ellen White was denied the record of being the first player to score in six consecutive matches in the same tournament when a VAR review deemed she used her arm to control the ball before putting it in the net and Sweden locked the gates thereafter. In the first 20 minutes we were still showing the disappointment from the United States of America game. We're a team that liked to do 12 reps - now I think we have to do 20, we really do. Since losing that semi-final we've been hurting because it was a vision that we had and accepting second best is something we aren't going to do.

VAR (video assistant referee) wiped out a White goal for a second-straight match.



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