Lucy Bronze midfield experiment part of two-year Lionesses plan, says Phil Neville

England Women’s head coach Phil Neville states Lucy Bronze’s transition to midfield a part of a yearlong strategy for its Lionesses. After the Lionesses failed to spoil Thursday’s friendly neville’s choice to set up the UEFA Women’s Player of the Year out of standing in the 3-3 draw against Belgium Women of England was questioned. But the England Women head trainer is insistent that decision was a part of a plan, together with the Bronze herself. “The thing is that she is [satisfied] and wants to perform there,” Neville said. “She’s bought into the design of this small period of giving a platform to find some consistency in that position. “It’s a whole different mindset however I think that if we are taking a look at a two-year strategy we must be brave in certain circumstances and certain positions that we’re trying to reinforce and become better in. “When you haven’t got Jill Scott, Fran Kirby or Jordan Nobb, then we have to find players of that quality, experience and physical ability that will take us to the next level. “Lucy will go back to back. There is this fixation with me and she enjoying with at midfield. Pep Guardiola did it with Phillipp Lahm, played with him right-back when he was one of the best players on the planet in one of those World Cups. “The next season I went to see Bayern Munich vs Borussia Monchengladbach and that he had been at central midfield – he was the best player on the pitch. “You have got to really have a vision for somebody and you know everything? Lucy has the exact identical vision for me. The team enjoy her there. There will be instances when she’s in there and. “Ultimately. We’re currently trying to make the group better. We are attempting to have Lucy to influence the team more than she already has right-back.” “I enjoyed the match we played USA and I played midfield then,” Bronze said. “It was a struggle playing against the best club in the world at a position I have not played since I was 16, I absolutely enjoyed it. “I played against Canada as well but I didn’t like it so much. I was tired and it is hard to perform with my position at a global match let alone a position. “I had been in midfield the other day and I really enjoyed it. It’s funny because just two of the younger girls in the team and I’m playing in midfield now and I am kind of getting bossed about by them. They’re telling me I am doing things wrong. “It’s enjoyable for me, I like being pushed. I am comfy at uncomfortable and full-back in midfield but a smile and I’m playing. I am learning new things. Maybe it will help me if I got back into full-back, it is a challenge.” The Lionesses and Norway Women in a game in Bergen play . Read more:
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