The England Women will not play SheBelieves Cup in 2020 in the United States, The FA(Football Association) has confirmed in a recent interview.
The four-team invitational tournament hosted with the USA every year since 2016, together with the Lionesses comprising in each edition thus far. A statement by the Football Association on Thursday read: “The FA has decided to not enter the next year’s SheBelieves Cup in the united states”.
“England Women are feel blessed to part of SheBelieves Cup, and they had play the championship since its beginning from 2016, to becoming one of the greatest teams in the world.
Our withdrawal from the contest in 2021 relies on present doubts around the upcoming future trend of this Covid-19 pandemic, together with a review of our specialized aims for England Women. The very clear focus on our technical team is to produce a global fixture programme that offers the greatest potential performance results to the Lionesses as we start a crucial three-year phase building to the home UEFA Euro at 2022 and FIFA Women’s World Cup at 2023.
“News of this Lionesses” fittings will be announced in due course.”
The next month, after verification that the Tokyo Olympics and Women’s European Championships were rescheduled as a result of this pandemic, it had been declared boss Phil Neville wouldn’t be remaining accountable past the end of his current contract, which runs to July 2021.
In a statement, the FA added: “The clear focus for our technical team will be to deliver an international fixture programme which provides the best possible performance outcomes for the Lionesses as we begin a crucial three-year period building to the home Uefa European Championship in 2022 and Fifa Women’s World Cup in 2023.”
The United States won their third overall title at the tournament this year, which also featured Spain and Japan.