ENGLAND boss Phil Neville has taken his lead from Gareth Southgate as he prepares to guide the Lionesses into the World Cup.
Neville (pictured) sported a waistcoat — not unlike the one Southgate regarded as ‘lucky’ as he led the men’s team to the World Cup semi-finals last summer — as he announced his own squad for the women’s tournament, which begins next month, yesterday.
He joked: ‘The players wanted me to wear something cooler but this is me. It might be 34C in Nice [for England’s opening match against Scotland on June 9] but I’ll always have a suit on.’
Those selected and those who missed out were notified by email on Tuesday morning, something Neville admitted he was conflicted about, even though it was how the players wanted it handled.
‘There’s no right way to tell a player they’re not going to a World Cup,’ said Neville, himself among the last to be axed by Glenn Hoddle in 1998. ‘We came up with a formula I didn’t necessarily agree with but it’s what they wanted.’
Izzy Christiansen was one of 13 players told they were being left out. The midfielder hoped to be picked after recovering from ankle surgery.
Neville admitted: ‘She was disappointed, devastated, as you can imagine. The selection was purely based on performance.’