Phil Neville has heaped praise on to England right-back Lucy Bronze after her player-of-the-match display against Norway in the Women’s World Cup quarter-final.The Lionesses won the clash in Le Havre 3-0, with Bronze playing a huge part in all three goals.It was her dribble and cross in the third minute that fell so perfectly for Jill Scott to tap in the game’s opener, while later in the half it was Bronze’s ball to Nikita Parris that found the winger with time and space from which she centred the ball to the waiting Ellen White for a simple tap-in. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? But the full-back saved the best for last and in the 57th minute her pile driver from outside the area added England’s third, and final, goal on the night. Bronze is widely acknowledged as one of the top right-backs in the women’s game, but speaking after the match Neville said she has raised the bar even higher this tournament. “I think what you’ve seen tonight, you’ve seen that Lucy Bronze is the best player in the world, without a shadow of a doubt,” he told BBC Sport. “I’ve said it once, I’ll say it three times. There’s no player like her in the world, there’s no player that has her athleticism or her quality and I’m very lucky. I played full-back but never to that level that she plays at – she’s the best player in the world.” The quarter-final success means England will face the winners of France and the USWNT on Friday night, but the Lionesses boss has said he fancies his side’s chances against either team in the last four. “Well, you know what – we want to play them both,” Neville said. “We’re not bothered who we play. We’ll go to Lyon and the atmosphere and the occasion will be great. We’re having fun.” Lyon is, of course, where Bronze plays her club football. With the French side, the England star has won back-to-back Champions League titles and helped Lyon complete the treble in 2018/19. She arrived at Division 1 Feminine outfit in 2017, having previously spent three years at Manchester City. Bronze also has represented Liverpool, Everton and Sunderland.
Rod Downie, Head of Polar Programmes at WWF, said: “Narwhal are one of the most magical creatures on our planet. So it’s no surprise that they have gained an almost mythical status as the ‘unicorns of the sea’.“Previously we thought that narwhals used their tusks to joust with rivals and help them mate, or even a device for echolocation, but this new footage shows a behaviour that has never been seen before.“The narwhal is one of the least studied animals because it is so hard to get to the Arctic areas where it lives. So drones are helping us study its behaviour.” Pod of Narwhal in Arctic Bay, Nunavut, CanadaCredit: All Canada Photos / Alamy Stock Photo There are only 110,000 narwhals left in the wild Credit:David Fleetham / Alamy Stock Photo A pod of narwhal whales swim in the Arctic OceanCredit: Stocktrek Images, Inc. / Alamy Stock Photo As well as helping unravel the mystery of the narwhal tusk the footage also shows that narwhal feed on their summering grounds, which helps conservationists know which areas need protection from shipping or overfishing. There are only around 110,000 narwhal left in the wild, and every summer three-quarters of the world’s population migrate to the Canadian sounds. But campaigners are concerned that melting Arctic sea ice could harm their environment.David Miller, President and CEO for WWF-Canada says: “This footage, while also stunning to watch, will play a significant role in the future of narwhal conservation.“As the Arctic warms and development pressure increases, it will be important to understand how narwhal are using their habitat during their annual migration.“With this information in hand, we can work to minimize the effects of human activities on narwhal.” For hundreds of years the mysterious narwhal, with its strange protruding tusk, has captivated the imagination of mariners.But its baffling ‘horn’ has remained a puzzle, with some scientists thinking it may allow the mammal to joust with rivals, while others believe it could be a tool of echolocation, or even an ice pick. The tusk is actually a canine tooth which spirals anti-clockwise up to nine feet forward from the head of adult males and contains thousands of nerve endings which help narwhal sense tiny movements around them. Tusks washing up on the shore are thought to have inspired tales of unicorns. Now footage captured using aerial drones has found that the narwhals actually use the tusk to stun Arctic cod, rendering them immobile and thus easier to capture and eat.The record of never-before-seen behaviour was released by the WWF who were monitoring a group of narwhals in Tremblay sound, Nunavut, Canada alongside Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.