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Mark Sampson says England women benefited from SheBelieves Cup

 

Mark Sampson says England women benefited from SheBelieves Cup

Manager Mark Sampson says the England women’s team have benefited from competing in the SheBelieves Cup despite not winning a game.

The Lionesses completed the round-robin tournament in Florida with a 0-0 draw against France which saw England finish third overall, behind winners USA and Germany.

Narrow defeats earlier in the tournament to World Champions United States and European champions Germany meant England headed into the final round of games in Boca Raton seeking a first victory.

They fell short of that target, but the stalemate meant the Lionesses at least finished with some reward from the four-team tournament, finishing above France, who are ranked number three in the world.

Sampson told BBC Sport: “We were so close to the win against one of those big guns.

“It was a game of two halves. We had to grind out the first, but in the second half we were outstanding.

“This tournament has been a really good experience and we take a lot away from it.”

England striker Eniola Aluko came off the bench to win her 100th cap, with the Chelsea player replacing Toni Duggan early in the second half.
Mark Sampson says England women benefited from SheBelieves Cup

Aluko was applauded for her achievement by midfielder Fara Williams, England’s most-capped player with 151 appearances.

Williams, who played in all three games of England’s campaign, wrote on Twitter: “Huge congratulations to @EniAlu on reaching 100 caps for @england great achievement very proud”

The United States won the tournament after beating Germany 2-1 to complete a 100 per cent record.

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