Phil Neville hoping to lead Britain at 2021 Tokyo Olympics

England women's football team head coach Phil Neville is eager to lead the side at next year's Olympics in Tokyo as he waits for the FA's confirmation.

Phil Neville is set to leave his role as coach of the England women's football team next September.   -  Getty Images

England Women's head coach Phil Neville says he hopes to lead the British team at the Tokyo Olympics next year and expects the Football Association (FA) to decide shortly as to whether he will be handed the reins.

Neville, who guided England to the Women's World Cup semi-finals last year, will leave his role with the team at the end of his contract in July 2021. Netherlands Women's manager Sarina Wiegman will succeed him from September next year.

Neville, 43, was set to take charge of Britain in the Olympics before its postponement to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and no announcement has been made as yet on who will lead the team in Tokyo.

“The Olympics is still a massive ambition of mine,” Neville told British media. “The FA know that and they have been brilliant in their communication with me in terms of the time frames of when they're going to make the decision.

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“Whether you're England manager or a manager from one of the four nations, that's going to be one of the toughest things to do, pick 18 players. It's one that I was excited to do and it's obviously a clean slate. Hopefully I'll get the opportunity to do it.”

“I think (the decision) will be made pretty quickly. I think everybody is on the same page. The players will want to know which manager they will want to impress for their Olympic selection.”

England, which last played at the SheBelieves Cup in March, will face two-time world champion Germany in a friendly on October 27 as it return to action for the first time in over seven months.

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