Neville: Bronze is the best player in the world

first_imgPhil 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.last_img read more

Suspected smuggler arrested at Heathrow with two vulture chicks hidden in a

Two of the eggs had already hatched A man has been arrested at Heathrow after two rare vulture eggs were found concealed in a body belt hatched while he was in transit.The 56-year-old had arrived on a flight from South Africa. When he was stopped and searched, officers discovered 19 bird eggs as well as the two newly hatched vulture chicks.The eggs are from rare and endangered South African birds of prey including vultures, eagles, hawks and kites, the Home Office said.Border Force specialists identified that the eggs were protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species.The suspect was arrested on suspicion of importing prohibited items on Tuesday before being bailed pending further enquiries. Two of the eggs had already hatchedCredit:Home Office/PA Officers found the eggs bound in socks and strapped to his body to keep them warm, which Lendrum claimed he had done as a cure for back pain. Some of the other eggs seizedCredit:Home Office/PA Some of the other eggs seized The investigation has been passed to the National Crime Agency. Officers ensured that both the eggs and the chicks were kept warm and quickly transported them to the Heathrow Animal Reception Centre, where the eggs were incubated before being moved to a specialist facility.Animal smuggling is a multi-billion a year criminal industry catering to huge demand for rare and exotic species.In 2010, prolific bird egg smuggler Jeffrey Lendrum was jailed for trying to smuggle 14 rare peregrine falcon eggs out of the UK.He was booked on a flight for South Africa with a 14-hour-stop-over in Dubai but was arrested at Birmingham airport after a cleaner noticed him acting suspiciously in the lavatory. The eggs were worth £70,000 on the black market in Dubai where falconry is a national sport. Lendrum admitted stealing them from a nest on the side of a mountain in south Wales.In 2016, Lendrum, a former member of the Rhodesian SAS, was caught in Brazil with four albino falcon eggs stolen from Patagonia and jailed for four-and-a-half-years. But he vanished last January when he was released on bail to appeal against his sentence. He has also been caught in Zimbabwe and 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. read more