NOTSaturday's record crowd of 77,768 spectators in Wembley was commonplace for a women's game in England, but their performance and result – a 2-1 loss to Germany – gave them a sense of déjà vu.
Start slow and nervous? Check. Missed penalty? Nikita Parris has made four failed attempts on England's last four attempts. Grant from a cross? We have already come here. It is now 10 goals conceded directly from the centers under the direction of Phil Neville.
England develops habits – bad – that become almost symptomatic each time they come on the scene. The only difference this time was that Neville had finally acknowledged that the responsibility was up to him.
"I take responsibility," he said. "As a manager, you have to do it, because in the end, I choose the team and I create the culture. We have a good culture but, for the moment, we do not play football.
"First of all, I need to look at myself and what I do and make sure that I am better, because as a manager, you are in charge. I will protect the players and they know they have my trust and belief, but we have to make sure we are better. Obviously, my performance has not been good enough and you can see it with the results we have achieved. "
His observations have been marked after four friendly matches since the World Cup. This defeat of the defeat allowed England to win a victory only over its last seven, which was a gift from the Portuguese goalkeeper in the Lionesses' 1-0 win last month.