Supposedly not a joke
England defender, Claire Rafferty, was interviewed by BBC Radio and spilled the beans that ex-Everton player Phil Neville was being considered a candidate to coach the England women’s team.
Details are scant but she stated that it was discussed among the players in camp.
WoSo journalist, Kieran Theivam, backs the claim:
Phil Neville in the running for England Head Coach job, according to Claire Rafferty.— Kieran Theivam (@KiersTheivam) January 11, 2018
This is no joke, I've also heard the same. https://t.co/Ib9Rvi8Utm
It’s a perplexing idea, considering Neville has no experience coaching women’s football. He does hold a UEFA B Licence and was first team coach at Manchester United under David Moyes. Neville also was assistant coach at Valencia for a short spell.
And haven’t the Lionesses been through enough already?
Gabby George is back in the England squad
George will be joining a 10 day training camp in Spain before partaking in two friendlies against Netherlands and Spain.
Will American fans get to see her stateside in the SheBelieves Cup in March, when England will be playing against the best teams in the world (USA, Germany, and France)? Let’s hope so!
Worm is making waves
Uh oh! Looks like Gabby will have some competition in the likes of her teammate, Siri Worm.
Defender Worm has been called up to the Netherlands squad for training camp before playing against Spain on January 20th and then George and the Lionesses on January 23rd.
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Other call ups include midfielder Angharad James and development player Elise Hughes for Wales.
Midfielder Megan Finnigan and top goal scorer Chloe Kelly will represent the England U-20s in a training camp for their 2018 World Cup in France.
FA invests in the WSL’s future
The FA put out an official release stating that it will invest £50m over the next six years in women’s football and development. It is prioritizing growing the WSL and maintaining England at the top of women’s football.
As a part of FA’s plan to provide more coaching experience to players, former England international Casey Stoney will join the technical staff for the England women’s camp in Spain. A wonderful step in the right direction!
Everton Ladies now sit in 8th place
The team is coming off of a disappointing 2-1 loss against Bristol City.
Coach Andy Spence knows that they can do better:
“This is really the first game of the season where we are disappointed with our level of performance…. I’d like to think it is a one off because I have a group of players who won’t let this become a habit.
“We will dust ourselves down, work hard in training and make sure we are ready for Chelsea later this month.”
The Toffees play Chelsea away on January 28th and it will be televised live on BBC. Chelsea are currently in 2nd place.
Coincidentally, Everton Ladies were drawn to play Bristol City in the SSE Women’s FA Cup on February 4th. The Cup calls itself “the most prestigious cup competition in women’s football.”
The final will take place at Wembley, on May 5th. Man City Women won last year’s tournament in front of 35,000 fans.
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