Phil Neville Confirms England Talks

News that Neville, untried as a manager, had emerged as a surprise candidate for the job has brought a mixed reaction from within the game, this article in the Guardian being an example.

But the 40-year-old says he is 'excited' about the prospect and told BBC Radio 5 Live that: "I have the opportunity to go to a World Cup and be successful with a group of driven and professional players, and as coach it's the best job I could ask for."

Whoever gets the nod to succeed Sampson on a permanent basis, with Mo Marley having done an admirable interim stint, will start their 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 and a special early-bird ticket offer is in place until 31 January.

Adult tickets purchased before then will cost £7.50 (£10 afterwards). Children and concession tickets are just £1.

Full details at the FA website.

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