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Lionesses v Argentina - Women's World Cup Player Ratings

Slow and steady wins the race or so they say. The Lionesses put in another solid shift on Friday night and ramped up their credentials for actually winning the thing come July. It wasn’t always glamorous but they dug in and showed more spirit than a Pentecostal priest on Easter Sunday. The buzz around England’s campaign is building nicely.

Player Ratings

Carly Telford – Was rarely troubled but dealt finely with what little work came her way. Made one important save late in the second half as England were happy to soak up the pressure and was an important asset in that phase. 6/10

Alex Greenwood – Blew the Argies away with her forward thinking. Only had eyes for bombing on and it proved fruitful on more than one occasion but none more so than when she won the penalty in the first half. Showcased her uncanny disposition at set-pieces. 9/10

Abbie McManus – Had big boots to fill coming in for the injured Millie Bright and coped with the pressure well. Wasn’t troubled by an admittedly rather innocuous opposition but should benefit hugely from her first World Cup start. 8/10

Steph Houghton – Bounced back from her arduous outing in the last match against Scotland. The captain should take a lot of heart from a convincing performance, both personally and collectively. 8/10

Lucy Bronze – Worked her socks off down the right-hand side as per. Her options for linking up with her bezzie Parris were limited as Argentina made no secret of their game plan – shepherding these two and forcing both into the channel. 8/10

Jill Scott – Her leadership in midfield is slowly but surely becoming one of England most valuable assets. Her experience of playing at four World Cups clearly shows and she is the most composed player on the ball. Off the ball, she worked tirelessly and showed no hesitation in getting stuck in. 7/10

Jade Moore – Came into the side for Keira Walsh but didn’t do much to grab any headlines. Could have given a bit more and lost out on a few too many few 50/50 challenges. 6/10

Beth Mead – By far England’s sharpest tool, particularly in the first half. Linked up with Greenwood to win the penalty and in truth should have scored shortly after when she went through on goal but couldn’t beat the keeper. Played a vital role in setting up Taylor for the winner. An exceedingly exciting prospect. 9/10

Nikita Parris – Fluffed the penalty but a splendid save denied the Lionesses a goal from their fourth penalty in as many World Cup games. The Man City winger was always a threat once again going forward and combined nicely with Bronze down the right. Tested the keeper on a few occasions after the penalty but was ultimately marked out of the game by a solid Argentina defence. 6/10

Jodie Taylor – A tough critic would say she was a little off the pace which is a surprise given her usual lofty standards. After a couple of chances escaped her, she proved her worth, appearing in the right place at the right time to slot the winner. 8/10

Fran Kirby – England’s workhorse. Practically all of her side’s advances came through the Chelsea star. She came up with the goods in the build-up to the goal dribbling into the danger area and picking out Mead who in turn made the assist. 9/10

Subs

Rachel Daly - Kept a lid on things in the centre of the park when she came on with five minutes to play. 7/10

Georgia Stanway – More precious minutes under the young starlet's belt and made a real nuisance of herself in the short window of time she had. 8/10

Karen Carney – You can always count on good old Kazza to come in and swiftly stamp her mark on a game. Shored things up for England when the nerves were beginning to show. 7/10

Harry Corton
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