Difficult Year Ahead For England Boss Neville?

Last updated : 10 January 2020 By Three Lions

Phil Neville faces an unusual year as England manager with the Lionesses not in competitive action until hosting the European Championships in 2021.

With the positive glow of last year’s World Cup having faded following a poor run of form in the autumn, that means extra focus initially on the upcoming SheBelieves Cup in the USA when England will compete alongside the hosts, Spain and Japan.

Neville will be determined to show that his side are still progressing from their run to the semi-finals in France and that he is the man to lead them into Euro 2021 and an opening SheBelieves game against the world champions USA will give him the perfect opportunity to do so.

Alongside his England duties, however, Neville will also be responsible for the Team GB side that will compete at the Tokyo Olympics this summer.

Although he has publicly declared his excitement at the prospect it may involve something of a tightrope walk.

A number of non-English players are keen to take part, despite reservations from their respective Football Associations, and Neville will have some difficult decisions to make as to which of his own players he selects.

Nine venues will stage matches at Euro 2021 with the final to be played at Wembley Stadium. More details on the tournament are available at the FA website