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Phil Neville is facing his biggest test as England women boss at sold-out Wembley... his Lionesses must impress against Germany - or else Much of the focus on build-up to England-Germany has been on the ticket sales That will be a relief for Phil Neville, who has been receiving plenty of criticism Neville says plenty of his players are still inexperienced in how to be a top athlete He conceded the change in approach has been a steep learning curve for squad 

By Claire Bloomfield For The Daily Mail

Published: 22:30 GMT, 8 November 2019 | Updated: 22:58 GMT, 8 November 2019

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Much of the talk around England's friendly against Germany at Wembley on Saturday has focused on record-breaking ticket sales.

That narrative has probably been something of a relief for Phil Neville, who is fast approaching the two-year mark since his appointment as England manager, and the running theme this week has largely overshadowed the criticism that may have otherwise been coming his way.

Neville's side have struggled for form in the four months since their brilliant World Cup campaign with just one narrow win in their last five games, producing a string of uninspiring performances.

Phil Neville's England side have been in poor form and they must arrest their slump soon

Phil Neville's England side have been in poor form and they must arrest their slump soon

The players trained under the watchful eye of their coach at Wembley Stadium on Friday

The players trained under the watchful eye of their coach at Wembley Stadium on Friday

TOP THREE ENGLAND V GERMANY MATCH-UPS

Steph Houghton v Alexandra Popp

This is the battle of the captains. The experienced VfL Wolfsburg striker Popp, who was a late call-up, has a history of causing England problems. She also has a habit of getting under the skin of her opposition. Phil Neville's skipper must keep her cool.

Jill Scott v Dzsenifer Marozsan 

A star in Lyon's glittering midfield, Marozsan has the ability to create something out of nothing and change a game. Keeping the playmaker quiet is an impossible task but one Scott will relish. 

Ellen White v Sara Doorsoun

27-year-old centre back Doorsoun, also of VfL Wolfsburg, is prone to errors and the odd lapse in concentration. Returning Manchester City

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