England 3-0 Cameroon - WWC Player Ratings

What to make of that then? 3-0 and a third consecutive clean sheet for the Lionesses, but in truth a side better than Cameroon - the lowest ranked team left in the competition - would have made them pay for a slew of schoolgirl errors. Streets ahead of their opponents, they still left themselves open with some careless moments in a patchy display.

That said, this was no normal encounter as they were tested under the baking sunshine and some fairly 'boisterous' treatment from Cameroon's increasingly cheesed off charges. Neville will be pleased with how his side kept their discipline and took their chances. It’s job done and they can now look forward to facing Norway in the next round. This isn’t the first time it’s been said in this tournament but they will have to improve upon this showing.

Cameroon were indignant on a number of occasions but didn't have a leg to stand on.


Player Ratings

Karen Bardsley – Let off the hook by VAR after Cameroon lept on a careless shank aimed at Bronze. More than made up for that not long after with a cracking stop to prevent Takounda, who looked certain to bury the 1v1 opportunity she was gifted. 7/10

Lucy Bronze – Made some incisive dribbles but gave the ball away too much in the first half. Beautiful deft flick around the corner to split the Cameroon defence and set up White for the second goal. 7/10

Steph Houghton – Dig that one out. Tucked away the indirect free kick perfectly in the bottom right corner, aided on its way by a slight touch from the keeper. Showed off her captaincy credentials in keeping the team disciplined when things got heated. 8/10

Houghton has a knack for slotting home the old indirect free-kick.

Millie Bright – Assertive enough though still prone to lapses. Improved on her sloppy performance last time though England's defensive wobble early in the second is a slight concern. 6/10

Alex Greenwood – Made a right up mess of things when her back-pass inadvertently put Takounda through on goal. Redeemed herself slightly minutes later making a goal-saving block. Then totally cleared her name when she steered a fizzing, low corner into the net first time, making good contact with the side of her foot. 7/10

Jill Scott – Yet again an absolutely paramount presence for the Lionesses. It’s no surprise the box-to-box braveheart is one of just three to have started every game out in France (Houghton and Bronze also). Her desire to get stuck in is matched by her ability to pick a dangerous through ball. 8/10  

Keira Walsh – Flies largely under the radar but a keener eye would spot her proficiency at relieving pressure and maintaining possession. Rarely, if ever, sends a pass astray. Again, demonstrated that range of passing that makes her such an asset to the side. 7/10

Fran Kirby – The question was whether she could build on the improved form shown against Japan? Yes was the answer. Still not quite grabbing the headlines but did exactly what she is tasked by the gaffer to do – own the spaces between lines and probe with incisive passes. 7/10

Nikita Parris – Shown how much she can do up top but filled another role here - she was happy to drop back and get stuck in. Wore an early elbow to the chops like Rocky Balboa and was a constant menace down the right. Showed nimble footwork to create a good chance for Taylor who couldn’t convert it. 7/10

Ellen White – Seized her chance when it came. Never a smidgeon of doubt that she’d do anything other than put it into the net to make it 2-0. We knew about her killer instinct in front of goal but she showed her more than that today, holding up play well, relieving pressure by winning smart free kicks and working the channels to pull back a cross which led to an indirect free kick and the opener. 8/10

Toni Duggan – Benefitted from getting a second start in four days and looked more at ease, despite being on the receiving end of an unpleasant gobbing incident. Did well to spot an opportunity when Greenwood called for it at a corner and duly fizzed it perfectly into the full-back to slot home. Will surely win the shortest assist of the tournament, if such a thing exists, for expertly rolling the ball 3 inches for Houghton's opener. 6/10


Jodie Taylor – Fashioned more than a couple of good chances but couldn’t make one count. Missed a sitter skying it into Row Z and then was denied by a goal-line clearance after nicely lobbing the keeper. 6/10

Lucy Staniforth – Shored things up when she came on and gave Scott a well-earned break. 6/10

Leah Williamson – Dropped back into the right-back role while Bronze kicked on but barely touched the ball. 5/10


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