Alex Scott criticises Lucy Bronze's 'mentality' after England mistake vs Spain

Alex Scott criticised Lucy Bronze’s mentality for Spain’s winning goal against England in the Women’s World Cup final.

Spain took the lead in the 29th minute as they capitalised on a mistake from Bronze to counter and Olga Carmona struck a fine, low effort past England goalkeeper Mary Earps.

Bronze had burst forward with the ball but ran into trouble in midfield and was dispossessed, which allowed Spain to counter and exploit the space on England’s right flank.

And Scott, who made 140 appearances during her playing career with England, was unhappy with Bronze’s lack of effort in tracking back after her error.

‘This one kills me because everyone knows how much I love Lucy Bronze, to stand here now and highlight a huge mistake,’ Scott told BBC Sport during the half-time break.

‘When you are on the ball and we love these lung-busting runs where you’re driving England up the field, the moment you come inside to where the bodies are and you’re overloaded you cannot give the ball away in that area.

‘The intelligence of Spain knowing that Lucy Bronze has left that area, that is where directly the ball needs to go at pace and then they overload us down that side.

‘Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great finish but it comes from the mistake.

Highlighting Bronze’s lack of effort in tracking back after losing possession, Scott added: ‘The other side of this is the mentality.

‘Yes, she’s driven into that area and given the ball away, but it’s what next – just look at the recovery of this, this is where it needs to be better in a World Cup final.

‘Everyone makes mistakes, you hold up your hands but it’s the, ‘what next?’.’

Meanwhile, former England striker Ellen White believes Bronze should have been ‘smarter’

‘I think it’s okay if she is driving but it’s what she’s going to do with the ball,’ White said.

‘I don’t know if she knows what she’s actually going to do with it. But she’s leaving space meaning that Alessia Russo has to run 60 yards to try and defend and she does not need to be there.

‘She needs to give the ball quicker, not run the ball into midfield, she needs to be smarter, we saw her mistake for Barcelona in the Champions League, now she needs to switch and put that to one side.’

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