England manager ​Phil Neville has revealed where his side need to improve if they are to compete with the very best ahead of their clash with Germany at Wembley. 

The Lionesses reached the semi-finals of the 2019 World Cup, but narrowly lost 2-1 to eventual world champions USA - the third successive major tournament where England have fallen at the last four stage.

The women's game has rapidly grown off the pitch in recent years due to the success of the England team, and players have therefore had to adjust to suddenly becoming full-time professional athletes, after years of the women's game being perceived as a part-time venture.


As a result, Neville admits, via Sky Sportsthat the players are still learning how to cope with the rigours and demands of competing at such a high level, revealing his plans for taking the team forward.

"I think what we have been working on with the players is they are still inexperienced, some of them, on how to be an elite athlete and top professional," Neville began.

"We call it the extra 22 hours in a day. It's fine when you are training with your club for an hour and a half to two hours, but the extra 22 hours in a day is actually what is going to make you the best player in the world and that top athlete.

"Anything that takes away from their performance in 22 hours, like walking to the coffee shop or taking your dog for a walk, and anything that fatigues you, stresses you out is something you need to learn from.

"Basically you put your feet up, rest, massage, ice bath, eat well and rest and recover and mentally switch off and that is what I have felt over the last 18 months is the biggest impact I have had on their lives and how the extra 22 hours is the most important part of an elite footballer's journey."

Neville will celebrate two years in the England hot seat in January, but insists his team are still a little way off achieving the standards he sees them being capable of. 

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The England boss added: "From a playing point of view I still think we have got another 10 to 15 per cent to go from what I see as really perfect football and that is what we are working on and that is what I want to see."