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Just 54 days after playing what Phil Neville called a “nonsense” third-place play-off at the World Cup, England begin their quest to conquer Euro 2021.
Phil Neville on the touchline managing England at the Women's World Cup
Phil Neville has been head coach of the England women’s team since January 2018
Friendly: Belgium v England
Date: Thursday, 29 August Venue: Den Dreef Stadium, Leuven Kick off: 18:30 BST
Coverage: Watch live on BBC Two, iPlayer and BBC Sport website. The website will also carry live text commentary.

Just 54 days after playing what Phil Neville called a “nonsense” third-place play-off at the World Cup, England face a new challenge as they begin their quest to conquer Euro 2021.

Hosting the European Championship for the first time since 2005 means the Lionesses qualify automatically and will instead play friendly matches in the build-up – starting in Belgium on Thursday and Norway next Tuesday.

The England manager is not a fan of non-competitive games, but says the 2020 Tokyo Olympics – for which he takes charge of the Great Britain team – will act as added motivation for his players.

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