England interim boss Hege Riise stated particular person errors that “you can never predict” had been the defining consider her aspect’s pleasant loss to Canada.
Nichelle Prince doubled Canada’s lead when she blocked goalkeeper Karen Bardsley’s clearance on the goalline.
“We tried and held together as a team but I feel like it was more about mistakes today,” stated Riise.
“I felt the team effort was good. We did well but we didn’t create enough chances.”
England contribute to their very own downfall
England impressed going ahead in opposition to France on Friday however had been undone by free defensive play, and it was a repeat exhibiting right here as two horrible errors led on to each objectives.
For the opener, Janine Beckie had far an excessive amount of area to drive ahead from midfield and though Viens was in an offside place when she tried to run on to her go, Stokes managed to intercept earlier than gifting the ball straight to the Paris FC ahead to side-foot the ball previous Carly Telford.
The second mistake was even worse. Millie Bright knocked a backpass to Bardsley, who opted to take a contact regardless of being just about on her goalline, with Prince speeding in to dam her tried clearance into the web.
Either aspect of these objectives England appeared shiny going ahead, however lacked the innovative within the penalty space.
They responded positively to going behind and got here near a direct leveller when Georgia Stanway fizzed a long-range effort narrowly extensive.
Jordan Nobbs then had a free-kick tipped onto the crossbar by Stephanie Labbe.
Lauren Hemp, who did properly instead in opposition to France, impressed from the beginning right here and created an opportunity for Beth England, however she sliced her effort extensive.
Hemp had the most effective likelihood of the second half when she went on a marauding run into the world, however noticed her effort fantastically blocked by Vanessa Gilles.
More questions than solutions for Riise
Hege Riise made six adjustments from the aspect that was overwhelmed by France on Friday and made six substitutions to make sure the vast majority of her 26-player squad noticed some motion over the 2 video games.
Riise can even be head coach of Team GB’s girls’s soccer crew at this summer season’s Tokyo Olympics, which means Tuesday’s recreation represented a remaining likelihood for the England gamers to impress earlier than the Norwegian names her squad in May.
Back-to-back defeats will not be one of the simplest ways to audition for a spot within the Olympic squad, although there have been some notable shows to catch Riise’s consideration.
The full of life Hemp is maybe the standout participant from the 2 video games, whereas Stanway impressed in midfield in opposition to Canada and Ella Toone appeared snug on what was simply her second worldwide look when she was launched within the second half.
Riise can even level to the truth that she has been unable to discipline her first-choice again 4 in both recreation, with defender and captain Steph Houghton injured and Lucy Bronze and Stokes solely match sufficient to play half an hour every in opposition to Canada.
“The players take pride in how they performed in both games,” added Riise. “We had some fantastic opportunities and they played the ball very well, but we didn’t finish the chances and today we had less chances than against France.
“I’m fairly blissful how we defended and the way the 2 central midfielders reacted once we misplaced the ball – I felt like we had been linked as a crew and I used to be happy to see that. That’s what we have to consider once we go in opposition to tier-one opposition.
“But we need to be more relentless in our passing and think how we can create the chances that we need and want. I’m very confident that next time we will learn from this.
“I’m blissful having had these video games, I obtained to see all of the gamers and shifting ahead I’m assured we’ll carry out higher.”
Nevertheless, the Lionesses have now lost nine of their last 14 internationals going back to the 2019 World Cup, which suggests their issues go beyond injuries and match fitness.