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