Phil Neville thinks Nikita Parris could become a world superstar after she appears for England at the World Cup.
The forward scored a goal to help England beat Denmark 2-0 in their warm up game at Walsall’s Bank’s Stadium.
Parris, who completed a move to Champions League winners Lyon – scored the first goal for England before half time in one of their last games before the World Cup in France.
Her ex Manchester City team-mate Jill Scott, then added the second of the afternoon, which finished the Danes off.
Neville’s team were not at their best for large parts of the game but when asked about Parris said;
“The kid has had such a big 10 days in her life.
“You think about the girl from Toxteth who is now going to be living in France, has changed clubs, the first time she’s moved away from home, big emotional strain on that, on anyone. I know it myself from moving abroad”.
“So we wanted to protect her today. But she’s a goal threat, she has goals in her”.
“I need to make sure that we conserve that energy that she’s got. She’s buzzing around, she wants to train 27 hours a day, and we just need to make sure we manage her well because the World Cup is the biggest thing in her life, she’s dreamt about it all her life and she wants to go there and make a real impact.
“She’s that type of player who could go there and become a world star. So we just need to protect those jewels that we’ve got.” (www.fourfourtwo.com)