Czech Republic v England: Steph Houghton among four out of squad


England have lost five of their last seven matches since their Women’s World Cup final quarter-final win against Norway in June
Czech Republic v England, international friendly
Venue: Stadion Strelecky ostrov, Ceske Budejovice Date: Tuesday, 12 November Kick-off: 19:15 GMT
Coverage: Watch live on BBC Four, BBC Sport website & app; live text commentary on BBC Sport website & app

England manager Phil Neville says he would be “ashamed” of himself if he decided to step down because of their recent poor form.

The Lionesses suffered their fifth loss in seven matches on Saturday with a 2-1 defeat by Germany at Wembley Stadium.

They take on the Czech Republic in a friendly in Ceske Budejovice on Tuesday.

“If I walked away from that challenge I’d be ashamed of myself and my family would be ashamed in me,” said Neville.

“I love this job and this set of players and I believe in what we are doing, and they believe in me.”

Neville says he has had “unwavering” support from the Football Association despite recent poor results, but acknowledges he needs to repay that faith by turning the team’s form around.

He also says the players need to play “angry” on Tuesday night as they seek a positive response to Saturday’s defeat.

“The support that I’ve had from the FA from day one has been unwavering. They know they plan of where we’re going,” added Neville, who has been in charge of the Lionesses since January 2018.

“What I would say now is that it’s up to myself as a manager and it’s up to this group of players to start performing and delivering and repaying the faith that they are showing in us.

“I smell it with the players – they are frustrated, they are angry. And I want them to play tomorrow night angry, because we at this moment in time we aren’t performing like one of the best teams in the world.”

Four players have been withdrawn from the squad for Tuesday’s game, their final match of 2019.

Defender Alex Greenwood (ankle) and striker Jodie Taylor (back) are injured while Ellen White and Captain Steph Houghton will be rested as planned,

The game kicks off at 19:15 GMT and will be broadcast live on BBC Four.

England squad:

Millie Bright (Chelsea), Lucy Bronze (Lyon), Rachel Daly (Houston Dash), Mary Earps (Manchester United), Beth England (Chelsea), Lauren Hemp (Manchester City), Abbie McManus (Manchester United), Beth Mead (Arsenal), Jordan Nobbs (Arsenal), Nikita Parris (Lyon), Ellie Roebuck (Manchester City), Jill Scott (Manchester City), Lucy Staniforth (Birmingham City), Demi Stokes (Manchester City), Carly Telford (Chelsea), Keira Walsh (Manchester City), Leah Williamson (Arsenal).

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