England Women’s final World Cup warm-up match ended in a 1-0 defeat by New Zealand at Brighton’s Amex Stadium.
Sarah Gregorius scored the only goal of the game as the All Whites picked up a maiden victory over their hosts.
Phil Neville’s side dominated for large spells but found New Zealand a tough nut to crack. Player of the match Erin Nayler was impressive in the visitors’ goal, making a host of routine saves and plucking a number of high crosses from the air.
England’s France 2019 campaign begins against Scotland on Sunday 9 June. Then it’s Argentina on Friday 14 June followed by 2011 winners Japan five days later.
There were wholesale changes from England’s 2-0 win over Denmark last week, with only Nikita Parris keeping her place in the starting 11.
Jodie Taylor replaced Ellen White as England’s number 9 and was the Lionesses’ brightest spark early on.
The Seattle Reign striker had a shout for a penalty when she went to ground after contact by Nayler. Referee Monika Mularczyk was unmoved.
Taylor then pounced on a loose back pass by Rosie White only for Nayler to rush out and block the shot, and save her team-mate’s blushes.
Betsy Hassett, who was once on Manchester City’s books, had the visitors’ only chance of the first half, but Carly Telford was alert and tipped the effort over the top.