Lionesses’ manager Phil Neville brings in young players for the She Believes Cup

After being appointed England Women’s manager at the end of January, the She Believes Cup will be Phil Neville’s first major tournament as boss.

The tournament only features four teams, France, Germany, England and United States.

The Lionesses will take on France on Thursday the 1st of March, 9pm KO GMT. Their next fixture will be against Germany at the Red Bull Arena in New Jersey on Sunday 4th of Match, 8pm GMT KO.

The location of the stadiums where the games will take place.

They’ll take on the host nation U.S.A at the Orlando City Stadium, Florida on the 7th of Match with a later KO time of 12am GMT.

Rachel Daly, Abbie McManus and Georgia Stanway have been brought into Neville’s squad following the withdraw of captain Steph Houghton, vice-captain Jordan Nobbs, Karen Carney and Leah Williamson.

 

Head Coach Neville told the FA: “When I named the squad I mentioned there were some exciting players pushing hard for inclusion.

“While we are sorry to lose three experienced names, this is a brilliant opportunity for Rachel, Abbie and Georgia.” http://

Houghton picked up an ankle injury earlier this month whilst playing for club Manchester City. Carney is also suffering from an ankle injury which is being managed at the moment.

Also, Nobbs will stay behind at her club Arsenal alongside Williamson who are both undergoing treatment for knee issues. Williamson was set to travel with Neville’s squad as part of her development with the senior squad.

With Williamson withdrawing, Neville has spoken to England U19s goalkeeper and Manchester City player, Ellie Roebuck.

Last year’s tournament ended with England in third place. England lost 2 – 1 to France in their first game, with the only goal coming from Nobbs.

The Lionesses’ sole win came against the U.S with Ellen White scoring the only goal of the game at the Red Bull Arena with an attendance of 26, 500.

Their final game was against Germany in which they lost 1 – 0. Following Mittag’s goal.

This year the Lionesses will be hoping to dominate the tournament after last year’s successful run.