Several England players have hit back at Hope Powell after their coach accused some of them of “cowardice” ahead of the Women’s World Cup quarter-final penalty shootout.

Coach Powell, 44, said she had to ask three times for volunteers to take the crucial spot-kicks against France.

But midfielder Jill Scott, supported by two team-mates, Tweeted: “You win as a team, you lose as a team”.

England eventually lost 4-3 in the shootout after the match ended 1-1.

Scott was backed up by Karen Bardsley and Claire Rafferty.

And striker Eniola Aluko, who did not play against France, added: “Obviously [that saying] is just words. Unbelievable.”

Powell’s comments were also in stark contrast to her mood immediately after the match according to Casey Stoney.

“I don’t think anyone’s a coward and that’s not the impression I got from Hope when she debriefed us after the game,” Stoney told BBC Radio 5 live.

“She said she was very proud and we should hold our heads up high.”

Powell said on Saturday: “Faye said ‘Right, if no-one else wants to do it I will do it’.”


Source: bbc sport

Story: Alistair Magowan


  1. gromit 9 years ago

    I already opened a blog about it wit han article from The Equalizer and some members have already posted. Maybe it would be judicious to mix them ? To have to separate places for the same topics is maybe useless, what do you think ?

  2. Helena Pielichaty 10 years ago

    I couldn’t believe what I was reading. There are wrongs on both sides here. Hope Powell should have designated penalty takers beforehand. That she had to ask three times and it took the inexperienced and youngest player Rafferty to volunteer first and shame the others into stepping up was ridiculous. It’s taken the tarnish off Kelly Smith’s heroic spot kick for me.

  3. Deborah Bakker 10 years ago

    this whole story is not good for English football..

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