Riise, Wilkinson appointed to steer England following Neville’s departure

Riise, Wilkinson appointed to steer England following Neville’s departure

Ex-internationals Hege Riise and Rhian Wilkinson have been appointed to steer England within the wake of the departure of Phil Neville to Inter Miami.

Former Norway midfielder Riise will lead the February camp with the assist of ex-Canada worldwide Wilkinson and FA head of ladies’s technical Kay Cossington, with their short-term contracts preserving them with the team till Sarina Wiegman takes over in August.

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Each have had profitable enjoying careers. Riise is an Olympic, World Cup and European Championship winner with 58 objectives in 188 appearances.

Since retiring from enjoying she helped LSK Kvinner win six consecutive league titles and has additionally labored with the USWNT as an assistant coach. She was nominated for FIFA’s Finest Coach of the Yr in 2020.

“I am excited in regards to the alternative I have been given to work with England Girls. It is a proud and bold team that I stay up for working with and I’m assured of constructing a optimistic influence after I meet up with the squad in February,” Riise mentioned.

Wilkinson has 180 caps for Canada and turned to teaching after profitable bronze Olympic medals with the facet in 2012 and 2016.

“I’m extraordinarily grateful for the chance to work with such a gifted group of gamers and employees, and it’s a privilege to work alongside Hege Riise who I’ve already labored intently with as a participant and coach,” Wilkinson added.

“I’m delighted to welcome Hege Riise and Rhian Wilkinson to the England teaching team, having had optimistic discussions with them in latest weeks,” FA director of ladies’s football Sue Campbell mentioned in a press release.

“They create important worldwide expertise and can assist information our gamers earlier than the arrival of Sarina Wiegman as our new head coach to steer us into the house Euro in 2022. As soon as February is full, we’ll sit down and assess the Lionesses scenario and take into account subsequent steps for Group GB in session with the house nations and the British Olympic Affiliation.

“On the similar time, we’re dedicated to serving to English teaching expertise as underlined by the announcement made final month about a lot of roles throughout improvement teams. The Lionesses pathway has already helped Casey Stoney, Bev Priestman and Rehanne Skinner to safe distinguished roles within the sport and we’re assured extra will observe.”

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