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UEFA target record crowds as Euro 2022 venues and schedule announced

UEFA and the Football Association are set to smash the attendance record for the Women's European Championship when Euro 2022 is held in England next year.

More than 700,000 tickets have been made available and even if only half of those are sold, it will still eclipse the 240,045 who attended the 2017 tournament in the Netherlands.

The FA also hope the final at Wembley...

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Lionesses lose again in Canada friendly defeat

Individual defensive errors again cost England as they lost for the second time in four days. Canada won 2-0 in Stoke, following on from defeat to France last Friday.

Interim head coach Hege Riise rued the mistakes which allowed the Canadians in for both goals at either end of the game.

"We tried and held together as a team but I feel like it was more about mistakes today,"...

Defensive display dismays Lionesses following France defeat

England paid for the absence of captain Steph Houghton and Lucy Bronze as France were able to exploit some defensive weaknesses in a 3-1 friendly victory in Caen.

For all their rustiness at the back, the Lionesses looked far sharper up front and only an inspired display by France keeper Pauline Peyraud-Magnin prevented the margin of victory being narrower.

England did score...

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Coronavirus outbreak and travel restrictions make England friendly in France a doubt

The Football Association are monitoring the worsening coronavirus situation in France ahead of England's friendly in Caen on 9 April.

Lyon have already been forced to quarantine their entire squad, including Lionesses star Nikita Parris, and have postponed their Champions League quarter-final against Paris St. Germain.

The England squad could also be banned from entering the...

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Houghton out, James missing from England squad for France and Canada friendlies

England captain Steph Houghton will miss the Lionesses' fixtures against France and Canada in April as she continues her recovery from an Achilles injury.

Uncapped Niamh Charles has been named in Hege Riise's squad along with Millie Turner but there's no room for Turner's Manchester United teammate Lauren James.

Riise said: "She's a player that we follow [but] due to injury...

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Mjelde injury takes shine off Chelsea's Conti Cup win

Chelsea successfully defended their Continental Tyres League Cup title with a 6-0 victory at Vicarage Road against Bristol City, but the match was marred by a serious injury to defender Maren Mjelde.

Although the Norway international tweeted that the knee injury was not as bad as first feared, she will be out for the rest of the season.

Despite Mjelde's distress, the Blues...

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Riise confirmed as Olympics coach for Team GB

Hege Riise has accepted the role of head coach for the Team GB football squad at the Tokyo Olympics, saying she is "honoured and humbled" to be asked to combine the task with her current position as England interim head coach.

The Norwegian former gold medallist took charge of the Lionesses on a temporary basis after Phil Neville left for Inter Miami. She will be assisted in Japan by...

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Hege Riise to be offered Team GB role

England interim head coach Hege Riise is set to lead Team GB at the Tokyo Olympics. The Norwegian gold medal winner will be offered the role this week, having stepped in to replace Phil Neville for the Lionesses after his departure for Inter Miami.

Neville was also due to take charge of the Olympic squad so Riise will now combine both roles in the same way. Her first match for...

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Debutants impress in easy win for the Lionesses

It was a mixture of the old and new for England in their first match for nearly a year as they beat Northern Ireland 6-0 at St. George's Park.

Midfielder Jill Scott won her 150th cap whilst fellow veteran Ellen White made it 39 goals in 93 appearances for the Lionesses with a hat-trick.

Experienced campaigners Lucy Bronze and Rachel Daly also scored but there was also a goal...

Lionesses announce first fixture for a year with Northern Ireland friendly

England will play Northern Ireland at St. George's Park on 23 February, their first competitive fixture since last year's pre-pandemic SheBelieves Cup. That will be followed by a friendly against Canada on 13 April, with a venue yet to be confirmed.

As hosts, the Lionesses have already secured their place in the rescheduled European Championship next summer so did not have to play...