Russia ladies v England ladies
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England reaching their highest place within the Fifa rankings “does not imply a lot” if they don’t go on to win a trophy, says head coach Phil Neville.
The Lionesses, who’ve by no means gained the World Cup, are second behind america within the standings.
Neville’s facet can take an enormous step in direction of qualifying for the 2019 World Cup once they face Russia on Friday.
“Rankings aren’t that essential to me. I need a winner’s medal,” stated Neville, a six-time Premier League champion.
England are second of their qualifying group after Wales beat Bosnia-Herzegovina 1-Zero in Swansea on Thursday.
Nonetheless, the Lionesses will go two factors clear on the high in the event that they defeat Russia.
England completed third on the 2015 World Cup in Canada, however former Manchester United defender Neville needs his facet to start out profitable medals.
“Folks make an enormous factor about rankings,” he stated. “However being first or second on the earth does not imply a lot for those who do not truly win something.”
England hammered Russia 6-Zero of their first qualifying match in September however the Russians are undefeated of their previous three group video games.
Manchester Metropolis ahead Izzy Christiansen and Arsenal midfielder Jordan Nobbs have withdrawn from the squad.
Christiansen has a thigh damage, whereas Arsenal midfielder Nobbs has a foot downside.
The Lionesses have been already with out captain Steph Houghton, who pulled out on Monday to have knee surgical procedure.
Studying’s Lauren Bruton, and Lucy Staniforth of Sunderland have joined the squad.