Ellen White says Lionesses still back manager Phil Neville despite recent poor run

White, right, celebrates with Lucy Bronze at the World Cup (PA Images)
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England's Ellen White has said that the Lionesses are "proud" to have Phil Neville as their manager despite their recent poor form.

White was brought into the side that will face Germany at Wembley on Saturday earlier this week and is looking forward to wearing the white shirt again after a knee injury stopped her from playing in England's friendlies. 

White says she's still happy for Neville to lead them and insists that he has the support of the full squad. She said: "He has been a great addition to England and we are proud he is our manager."

Since the World Cup England have only won one game out of the five they have played with a 1-0 victory over Portual last month. White says it has been a "challenge" for England to perform after the World Cup.

The forward added: “It’s tough. We’re basically trying to get right for 2021. There’s going to be a lot of changes - different systems, different personnel - and there may not be great performances in that.  Coming off the back of the World Cup, it can be quite challenging to perform at those levels, but we’re in a good place now. 

"Ultimately, it’s all for one goal, and that is to be peaking and performing for 2021. It’s been challenging watching, but I’ve been speaking to a lot of the girls and I understand from the whole group what we want to achieve.” 

Ellen White became a household name due to the success of the Women's World Cup (PA Images)

Neville has helped White with her game and she credits this as the reason she shone so brightly at the World Cup.

The 30-year-old said: "He kind of tweaked bits of my game that I was a little bit resistant with, but I think it’s really helped and I think it showed at the World Cup.

White added: “I’ll probably be crying if I’m walking out [at Wembley] because it’s such an amazing occasion. You can’t help but be swept up in that emotion.”