Neville Down To Business As England Manager

Phil Neville is aiming to shake off the controversy over his appointment as the new head coach of the England Women’s team.

Spotted at two FA WSL matches over the weekend and having met a number of the England squad at a training camp in Spain last week, Neville gave a number of media interviews on Monday at which he stressed both his suitability and qualifications for the role.

Hoping to dampen the criticism on both counts, Neville has insisted that the tone of some of his old tweets does not reflect his personality and that his experience at the top-level of the game overcomes a slim managerial CV.

Having ridden the storm, attention will now turn to the football where Neville will start his tenure with three prestige friendlies at the She Believes Cup.

Fast becoming a key part of the calendar for the Lionesses due to the quality of the opposition involved, England will once again take on Germany, hosts USA and France.

The matches will take place at the beginning of March in Columbus, New Jersey and Orlando City and will serve as both a further yardstick of England's progress and also a warm-up for a year of World Cup qualifying matches.

England's qualifying group is shaping up to be a battle between themselves and Wales, the Welsh currently a point clear at the top of the group but with one game more played than the Lionesses.

Southampton's St Mary's Stadium will host the home fixture between the two sides on Friday 6 April 2018.

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