Phil Neville calls on England to play without fear at SheBelieves Cup

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England Women's head coach Phil Neville admits form since the World Cup has not been good enough and has called on his players to express themselves

Phil Neville says the SheBelieves Cup is an opportunity for his England squad to play without fear.

The Lionesses' campaign kicks off in Orlando on Thursday with a game against world champions USA, and England arrive having been criticised for inconsistent performances since the World Cup.

But Neville, who believes new-look USA represent a different test to the side that knocked England out of last summer's tournament, is confident that if his side deliver consistent performances then the results will follow.

"The results come through the performances," Neville told Sky Sports News.

"Yes we want to win every game, yes we want to win the tournament, but ultimately I want to see performances.

"I want to see us express ourselves, I want to see us release the shackles a little bit and let them go out there and play with a freedom that I saw in the World Cup and the freedom that I saw for the last 18 months and not play with a little bit of fear.

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"To beat the USA, Japan and Spain you need unwavering belief, you need courage on the ball and I want them to go out and enjoy themselves because that is a big part of what we've tried to do."

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England, who are holders of the tournament, face the prospect of three games in a week across three different venues, beginning with an American side now under the guidance of coach Vlatko Andonovski.

They also enter the tournament with Neville introducing several younger players into the side, with one eye on the 2021 European Championships.

England head coach Phil Neville speaks to reporters after naming his squad for the SheBelieves Cup
Image: England head coach Phil Neville is confident good performances will deliver results at the SheBelieves Cup

Neville is hopeful the sense of freshness within the squad will help, insisting his team have been briefed that he will rotate his side and that the more inexperienced players will get their opportunities.

"The team know that I like to rotate, there's games every two days so we're going to have to manage the load, the minutes and the fatigue of the group," Neville said.

"It's tournament football and in tournament football you're going to need every player in your squad.

"With young players, you get that energy, that freedom to play and we've got to make sure we give them the platform to go out and express themselves.

"It's a new team, a new season and a clear, new direction that we are going in."

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