Match report: England make it two from two

Phil Neville appointed head coach of England through to the end of the 2021 UEFA Women’s Championship campaign.

It has now been confirmed by The FA that Phil Neville has been appointed the new head coach of the England Women’s National Team.

Former England, Manchester United and Everton defender will take charge following this week’s training camp in La Manga, Spain.

Neville’s contract will run through to the end of the 2021 UEFA Women’s Championship campaign.

Neville said on The FA official website: “I am honoured to be given the chance to lead England.

“With the new coaching team we are putting in place, we can help the players build on their great progress in recent years. This squad is on the verge of something special and I believe I can lead them to the next level.

“I can’t wait to get out on the training pitch and down to work with an elite group of players at the top of their game.

“I am also passionate about working within the wider set-up at St. George’s Park, with influential people such as Mo Marley and Casey Stoney, and with the support of Baroness Sue Campbell and the wider women’s game.

“There is a commitment to excellence that has paid dividends in recent years and I know we can continue the great growth of women’s football inspired by the Lionesses.

“There is no greater honour than representing your country and it will be a privilege to do it again.”

As a player, Neville won 59 caps for England during his career and with Manchester United was a regular in the 1998-99 treble-winning campaign.

The FA revealed that their recruitment process, led by Baroness Sue Campbell, had been running since before Christmas with candidates considered from across the world.

Mo Marley, who had been managing the squad on an interim basis, will return to leading England Women’s development teams including taking a squad to this summer’s U20s World Cup, having decided she did not wish to be considered for the senior role long term.

Baroness Campbell, FA director of women’s football, said on The FA’s official website: “I am really pleased we have got Phil and we will build a brilliant team around him that covers every base.

“His enthusiasm, passion and desire for the role impressed us all and once he emerged as a candidate, we knew we had the right person for this talented squad.

“The team have come so far in recent times but we knew we needed a winner with innovative ideas and who will fit in well with the dynamic set-up we have at St. George’s Park.

“With the other coaches we’ll appoint, working closely with Phil and complementing his coaching prowess and international experience, we have an exciting team that will help the squad make yet another jump forward.

“I must also pay tribute to Mo Marley for her commitment to England, along with the staff who have worked with the team during this period. We are all looking towards the World Cup next year and making sure this group of players has the very best chance to be successful.”

Neville’s first match in charge will be against France [on Thursday 1 March] at the SheBelieves Cup, before games against Germany [Sunday 4 March] and USA [Wednesday 7 March] respectively.

His first home match will be a 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup qualifier against Wales at St. Mary’s Stadium, Southampton on Friday 6 April.

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