England Women (Re) Start Their Euros Build-Up

Last updated : 17 February 2021 By Three Lions

Around the time of year when they would normally be jetting off to the SheBelieves Cup in the USA, England Women will finally return to competitive action in the more humdrum surroundings of St George's Park when they take on Northern Ireland in a friendly on Tuesday afternoon.

A huge amount has changed since the Lionesses were last in action, in March 2020, in the world as a whole and for the senior national team itself with Phil Neville leaving his post as manager to head for the USA and a job as manager of MLS club Inter Miami.

His profile while England boss certainly brought publicity to the side and, although the legacy of his time in charge is a matter of debate he was well-spoken on by the players who he worked with.

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For the Northern Ireland game, England will be led by Hege Riise, newly-appointed to the coaching staff, on a temporary basis ahead of the arrival of Neville's sucessor, Sarina Wiegman, later in the year.

A friendly against Canada has been pencilled in for April with England now looking ahead to the delayed European Championships, on home soil and hopefully in front of supporters, in 2022.

And Riise will be working with a group of players who have all been featuring regularly in an increasingly competitive WSL alongside some of the top names from around the globe and who will know that the Euros represents a golden opportunity to lift some silverware.

Tuesday's game, against a Northern Ireland side preparing for a European Championship play-off, kicks-off at 12:30pm and is being shown live on the BBC Red Button and iPlayer.