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2 Man City players that will be the difference for the Lionesses tonight

The Lionesses face their second group match tonight against Argentina. 

England managed to bag a win against Scotland in their opening group game, and everyone’s hoping they can do the same tonight. Phil Neville has also said that because of the rivalry between the men’s team’s, it gives the women even more of a hunger to win too. Argentina had an unexpected start to their World Cup campaign in a goalless draw against Japan. I think it’s safe to say that everyone thought Japan would easily win as they’ve been in the previous two World Cup finals, and Argentina effectively had no team three years ago. 

After the Lionesses won on Sunday, fans were quick to say that the team had some work to do to better their performance. However, before the match kicks off tonight at 8 pm, I’ve picked two City players that I think will make a difference to the England team.

Now that the first game nerves are out of the way, I think England are looking at a couple of goals at least tonight… 

Ellen White

The striker managed to bag one goal against Scotland when given the chance, and I think more opportunities will be created tonight for the Man City star to take. The 30-year-old only announced she’d be signing for City in May 2019, however, with a lot of to-be teammates on the England side, she may also be out to impress them too. 

Steph Houghton

The most obvious option, I know. I’ve not only picked her for her skill and determination, but I’ve also picked her mainly for her leadership.

In the opening group games, there’s been a lot of VAR controversy. Even in England’s first game, their first goal came from a penalty awarded due to the assist of the video referee. Steph Houghton will have to keep her side from arguing and surrounding the referee in any cases tonight, as I think VAR is being used too much in these games. 

I would have included Nikita Parris in this selection because she had an amazing start, and I think she’ll only get better.

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