United States are not in any way an arrogant team, insists manager Jill Ellis ahead of World Cup semi-final showdown with England
- The United States face England in the semi-finals of the World Cup on Tuesday
- Defender Ali Krieger has claimed that they are the best team on the planet
- Jill Ellis inists the comment was a reflection of their confidence, not arrogance
United States manager Jill Ellis insists her team is not arrogant as they prepare to face England in the semi-finals of the Women’s World Cup on Tuesday.
Defender Ali Krieger said earlier this month that the strength in depth available to Ellis means that the United States actually have the best team on the planet and also the second best team.
However, speaking at a pre-match press conference, Ellis said: ‘It’s really a comment about ourselves, it’s really a comment about how she (Krieger) feels because she’s played on two different teams and she has the right to say that if that’s how she feels.
United States manager Jill Ellis insisted that her team is not arrogant on Sunday morning
Defender Ali Krieger claimed the US have the best team and second best team on the planet
‘It’s important that our team has confidence, I don’t think in any way this is an arrogant team. I think this team knows they’ve got to earn everything, that we’ve got tough opponents still ahead of us and we have to earn every right to advance in this tournament.’
Ellis has not been surprised to see England make progress under manager Phil Neville, who spent part of his career playing for Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United.
‘A lot of us are products of our environment and he had a pretty good mentor there for a while,’ Ellis added.
‘I definitely think the team has made strides, you can see that they’ve bought in to what he wants them to do, you can see that they are playing hard, so I think he’s done a really good job.’
Ellis speaks to her players following their quarter-final victory over France on Friday
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