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Female goalkeeping standards could be improved by allowing young players to train alongside male counterparts, says England goalkeeper Karen Bardsley.

The Manchester City keeper, 34, has been criticised for errors at past World Cups and is aware her position is often used as a stick with which to beat the women’s game.

But England boss Phil Neville says “there is not enough respect for goalkeepers” in women’s football and that coaching standards have improved over the past 12 months.

Bardsley, who was born and raised in California, believes there is no reason why women cannot train alongside men at academy level in order to help that development.

“I trained with some great keepers at college, alongside full-grown men, and it helped me 100%,” she said.

“The speed of play, the reaction, the strength. Those things were invaluable to me as well as the mindset. They were all helpful.”

Asked if that practice should continue, she added: “I personally think so. We have done it in the past, but to be honest, health and safety have stepped in and stopped it.

“The only technical difference you will find is, if you are keeping goal as a male they will play a bit further out, but set positions are the same and techniques are constantly evolving.”

‘Standards have risen incredibly’ – Neville

The standard of women’s goalkeeping has once again been debated at the World Cup.

Chelsea boss Emma Hayes believes that goals should be made smaller