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England Women 0-1 Canada Women: Lionesses beaten in World Cup warm-up

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England 0-1 Canada: Lionesses slip to defeat in World Cup warm-up

England manager Phil Neville said he will "not stop believing" despite his side losing their opening World Cup warm-up match against Canada.

The Lionesses, who are up to third in the world rankings and will be among the favourites for this summer's tournament in France, fell behind with nine minutes to go after a tap-in from Canadian stalwart Christine Sinclair.

His side had recovered from a sloppy first half to control the game after the break, but Toni Duggan and Nikita Parris - among others - could not convert.

But Neville said he felt "relaxed" watching his side at a noisy Manchester City Academy Stadium, adding: "It was the type of test we needed against an experienced team. We handled most things well.

"We played most of the second half in their half and I saw things I liked and can build on. I am pleased with my players. "

England, who won the SheBelieves Cup in March, face Spain at Swindon's County Ground on Tuesday (kick-off 19:00 BST) in the second of their four pre-World Cup friendlies.

"I will make changes," said Neville. "Lucy Bronze and Steph Houghton are out after suffering knocks. It is a chance for a few players to get some freshness and keep the momentum going forward.

"This does not stop us from believing or going on the road where we want to."

Canada get their revenge

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Sinclair fires winner for Canada against England

The last time these two sides met there were jubilant celebrations for the Lionesses as goals from Jodie Taylor and Lucy Bronze sent England through to the World Cup semi-finals on Canadian soil.

This time it was the visitors who walked away with the win.

England's intent to play it out from the back was clear, but they gave away several loose balls in the first half which Canada failed to put away - their only shot on target from Sinclair was saved by Karen Bardsley.

Bronze - arguably the world's best right-back - was again used in midfield as Neville attempts to mould a team capable of succeeding in France.

Former England defender Alex Scott said afterwards the move had not worked but there were positives elsewhere for Neville.

Manchester City forward Parris looked a constant menace and she helped spark life into the England team, who looked electric at times.

However, they failed to convert in front of goal. Duggan dragged her shot wide from close range, while goalkeeper Stephanie Labbe saved well from Karen Carney.

Sinclair, who at 35 is aiming for her fifth World Cup, eventually snatched the winner when she poked home from close range after Nichelle Prince's strike was forced on to the bar. It was Sinclair's 180th international goal.

Potential record-breakers and World Cup finals

If both England and Canada win their respective groups at the World Cup in France, they could meet in the final in Lyon on 7 July.

And if Sinclair makes the squad, she will have a chance of breaking American Abby Wambach's world record for international goals. Currently, the Canada captain is just four goals behind.

"It is an honour to be chasing Abbey Wambach's record down and to get it over with but it is not something we want to be focusing on," she said.

"These are the games you live for, the perfect preparation for the World Cup and two teams that will go pretty far in the tournament."

Canada manager Kenneth Heiner-Moller added: "This was a big step for us and by far the best opponent we have played this year. We look good and trained good and won so we leave England happy."

Line-ups

England

  • 1Bardsley
  • 17DalySubstituted forScottat 73'minutes
  • 5Houghton
  • 14McManus
  • 12Stokes
  • 4Walsh
  • 10DugganSubstituted forStanwayat 84'minutes
  • 2Bronze
  • 7Parris
  • 9TaylorSubstituted forWhiteat 73'minutes
  • 11CarneySubstituted forMeadat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Greenwood
  • 6Bonner
  • 8Scott
  • 15Williamson
  • 16Ubogagu
  • 18White
  • 19Stanway
  • 21Earps
  • 22Mead
  • 23Staniforth
  • 25Bright
  • 26Moore

Canada

  • 1Labbé
  • 10Lawrence
  • 3Buchanan
  • 4Zadorsky
  • 2ChapmanBooked at 34minsSubstituted forRiviereat 56'minutes
  • 11Scott
  • 13SchmidtSubstituted forGrossoat 75'minutes
  • 15PrinceSubstituted forRoseat 81'minutes
  • 17Fleming
  • 16BeckieSubstituted forWoellerat 90+3'minutes
  • 12Sinclair

Substitutes

  • 5Gilles
  • 6Rose
  • 7Grosso
  • 9Huitema
  • 14Agnew
  • 18McLeod
  • 19Carle
  • 20Woeller
  • 22D'Angelo
  • 23Riviere
  • 24Hellstrom

Match Stats

Home TeamEnglandAway TeamCanada
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home8
Away13
Shots on Target
Home2
Away5
Corners
Home7
Away3
Fouls
Home5
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, England 0, Canada 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, England 0, Canada 1.

Substitution

Substitution, Canada. Shannon Woeller replaces Janine Beckie.

Corner, England. Conceded by Ashley Lawrence.

Corner, Canada. Conceded by Abbie McManus.

Attempt blocked. Janine Beckie (Canada) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Desiree Scott.

Lucy Bronze (England) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Deanne Rose (Canada).

Offside, England. Ellen White tries a through ball, but Nikita Parris is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, England. Georgia Stanway replaces Toni Duggan.

Corner, England. Conceded by Jayde Riviere.

Attempt blocked. Demi Stokes (England) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Beth Mead.

Substitution

Substitution, Canada. Deanne Rose replaces Nichelle Prince.

Goal!

Goal! England 0, Canada 1. Christine Sinclair (Canada) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner.

Attempt saved. Nichelle Prince (Canada) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Offside, England. Demi Stokes tries a through ball, but Jill Scott is caught offside.

Offside, England. Keira Walsh tries a through ball, but Beth Mead is caught offside.

Foul by Kadeisha Buchanan (Canada).

Beth Mead (England) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Canada. Julia Grosso replaces Sophie Schmidt.

Substitution

Substitution, England. Ellen White replaces Jodie Taylor.

Substitution

Substitution, England. Jill Scott replaces Rachel Daly.

Attempt blocked. Janine Beckie (Canada) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Nichelle Prince.

Foul by Rachel Daly (England).

Janine Beckie (Canada) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Lucy Bronze (England) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Toni Duggan.

Substitution

Substitution, England. Beth Mead replaces Karen Carney.

Nikita Parris (England) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Shelina Zadorsky (Canada).

Attempt missed. Toni Duggan (England) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Jodie Taylor.

Corner, England. Conceded by Shelina Zadorsky.

Attempt saved. Sophie Schmidt (Canada) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Janine Beckie with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Canada. Jayde Riviere replaces Allysha Chapman.

Corner, Canada. Conceded by Abbie McManus.

Attempt saved. Karen Carney (England) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lucy Bronze.

Attempt missed. Karen Carney (England) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Toni Duggan.

Foul by Allysha Chapman (Canada).

Nikita Parris (England) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Canada. Conceded by Karen Bardsley.

Attempt saved. Janine Beckie (Canada) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

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