TAMPA, Florida — The 2019 SheBelieves Cup has come to a close with England taking home the top prize. The Lionesses clicked from start to finish as head coach Phil Neville rotated his players and had a plan for each match.
England were not at full strength as several important players, including Jill Scott, Jordan Nobbs, Millie Bright and Jade Moore missed out due to injury. The Lionesses did, however, get a massive boost from the return of forward Jodie Taylor who started and looked fantastic against Japan. The Seattle Reign FC product had been sidelined since October with a deep bone bruise. Taylor immediately made an impact as she set up goals for Lucy Staniforth and Karen Carney in a 3-0 win at Raymond James Stadium.
“Yeah, I’m feeling good,” Taylor told The Equalizer postgame. “I got injured right at the end of the NWSL season, which is almost five months ago. It’s been a challenge coming back from an injury, and trying to rehab while the season is out, but I must say, the Reign have done a fantastic job in trying to support me from a far. The medical staff have been incredible in helping me. I’m really grateful for that.
“I’ve really taken my time to build back to full fitness. Given how important this year is, I wasn’t going to take any risks.”
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