By Claire Bloomfield For The Daily Mail
Published: 22:30 GMT, 8 November 2019 | Updated: 22:58 GMT, 8 November 2019
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
The players trained under the watchful eye of their coach at Wembley Stadium on Friday
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