SheBelieves Cup Betting Tips: Will England go with experience against Spain?

Ellen White

Phil Neville’s side could still retain the trophy

England go into their final SheBelieves Cup game withfaint hope of lifting the trophy for a second successive year.

The Lionesses made the nation proud last year as theyfollowed up their tournament win by finishing fourth at the World Cup.

Their progress has continued into the SheBelieves Cup and awin over Spain this evening will put them level with the United States at thetop of the table.

But they’ll only be able to watch and hope as the USA finishthe tournament against Japan later on.

The story so far

England were full of confidence heading into the tournamentbut they were soon brought crashing back down to earth as they were comfortablybeaten 2-0 by the USA in their opening game.

Two quickfire goals from Christen Press and Carli Lloyd wereenough to earn the hosts the points, while Spain also started strongly as theybeat Japan 3-1.

England bounced back quickly with a 1-0 win over Japanbefore the USA beat Spain by the same scoreline to top the group.

England and Spain sit level on three points, both knowing awin will put them level with the USA, although a helping hand from Japan isunlikely based on recent form.

The future’s bright

Neville has been roundly praised for giving youngsters achance during the tournament.

The starting line-up against Japan boasted an average age ofjust 21 and the front three only had 12 caps between them ahead of the match onSunday.

19-year-old Lauren Hemp has started both games so far andthe Manchester City striker has showed glimpses of potential, while the likesof Chloe Kelly, Georgia Stanway and Ellie Roebuck have more than justifiedtheir inclusion despite their youth.

Experience prevails?

While it’s encouraging that England’s younger stars haveimpressed, it was ultimately the more experienced players in the squad whostepped up to get the job done against Japan.

Toni Duggan and Ellen White have 167 caps between them andthe pair changed the game when they were introduced at the weekend.

Duggan kept the opposition busy out wide and it was herquick thinking and vision that set up White to poke home the winner.

Neville won’t want to make too many changes, but while there’s still a slim chance of lifting the trophy, he’ll be aware of the value of experience.

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