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England second best in opener
 Women's Football England International News - 6 Mar 2020
 
United States 2 (Press 53, Lloyd 55)
England 0

England's defence of the SheBelieves Cup got off to a disappointing start as they were beaten 2-0 by the United States in Orlando.
 
The two goals came in a three minute spell early in the second half but in truth, England were second best in virtually all areas of the pitch and despite a good performance from goalkeeper Carly Telford, defeat to the world champions is their sixth in nine matches.
 
With star defender Lucy Bronze missing the tournament through injury, Leah Williamson was drafted into the right back position and Lauren Hemp was handed a first start, whilst in-form striker Beth England surprisingly started on the bench.
 
The USA produced the first opportunity as Lindsey Horan broke into the area but Telford came to her rescue with a smothering save. The movement and runs of the USA strikers and attacking midfielders constantly caused problems for the England defence, particularly winger Tobin Heath who gave them a torrid time all evening.
 
England's best moments came during the first half, Jill Scott glancing a header just over from a flick on by Hemp and Ellen White having a shot saved by Alyssa Naeher.
 
However, the majority of chances were at the other end with Telford needing to save a long range effort from Rose Lavelle and Carli Lloyd passed up a great opportunity when she shot straight at Telford after being set up by Heath.
 
The deadlock was broken eight minutes into the second half, in spectacular style. After England conceded possession, Lloyd found Christen Press 25 yards from goal, where she was not closed down and she curled a superb shot inside the far corner of the net, giving Telford no chance.
 
Before England could recover, they found themselves two behind. Lavelle chipped a neat pass over the England defence for Lloyd, whose movement had once again not been countered and she confidently buried her shot past Telford.
 
The USA continued to dominate the match and got the ball in the net for a third time but the effort from Julie Ertz - who was making her 100th appearance for her country - was ruled out for offside. Megan Rapinoe had started on the bench but came on just after the hour, she had an opportunity from a free kick with fourteen minutes remaining but fired her shot over.
 
Beth England was finally given her chance twelve minutes from time and shot over with virtually her first touch of the ball, but it was a fleeting moment for her side on a night when they were comfortably beaten.
 
The other match in the tournament saw debutants Spain win 3-1 against Japan, Lucia Garcia scoring twice and Alexia Putellas adding the other, with Mana Iwabuchi replying.
 
England are next in action on Sunday when they take on Japan at the Red Bull Arena in New Jersey (7pm GMT kick off).
 
United States: Alyssa Naeher, Kelley O'Hara, Abby Dahlkemper, Becky Sauerbrunn, Crystal Dunn, Rose Lavelle (sub Samantha Mewis 70mins), Julie Ertz, Lindsey Horan, Tobin Heath (sub Lynn Williams 70mins), Carli Lloyd (sub Jessica McDonald 90mins), Christen Press (sub Megan Rapinoe 62mins).
 
England: Carly Telford, Leah Williamson, Alex Greenwood, Keira Walsh. Steph Houghton, Millie Bright, Nikita Parris (sub Chloe Kelly 89mins), Jill Scott (sub Jordan Nobbs 65mins), Ellen White (sub Beth England 78mins), Georgia Stanway (sub Toni Duggan 70mins), Lauren Hemp.

 

 
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