SheBelieves Cup: USWNT slips Germany; Neville wins England debut

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The United States women’s national team joined Phil Neville‘s England women’s NT as Day One winners at the SheBelieves Cup on Thursday in Columbus.

World No. 3 England gave manager Neville a heck of a debut, scoring thrice in the first half en route to a 4-1 defeat of France, who won the 2017 SheBelieves Cup.

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Fran Kirby and Jill Scott each had a goal and an assist for England, while Toni Duggan and Jodi Taylor also scored before Gaëtane Thiney ruined the clean sheet with 13 minutes to play.

The former Manchester United and Everton legend’s appointment has been much scrutinized, as he’s never had the top chair in his managerial career.

The snowy nightcap saw the No. 1 USWNT facing No. 2 Germany, and the Yanks started in style. A long Alyssa Naeher clearance was flicked toward the German 18 by Alex Morgan, and Megan Rapinoe’s side-foot effort was enough to get the Yanks on the board.

That’s all the Yanks would need in their bid to retake the tournament’s bragging rights after winning the first edition in 2016.

The tournament shifts to New Jersey for Sunday matches between the U.S. and France (Noon ET), Germany and England (3 p.m. ET).

France and Germany then meet Wednesday in Orlando (4 p.m. ET), with the U.S. wrapping up the tournament versus England (7 p.m. ET)