Phil Neville focused on making the most of his next year with the Lionesses

Sunday 26 Jul 2020
Phil Neville and his squad will re-group in September for a training camp
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Phil Neville says he’s looking forward to an “exciting” year ahead for his Lionesses, as they prepare to meet again in September.

The England Women’s squad were the last national team to play a game, after featuring at the SheBelieves Cup in the USA in March.

A lot has happened since then, with the news of Neville leaving his role next summer following the expiry of his contract coming shortly before the world was hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

But Neville remains committed to the role, with his squad due to meet for a training camp in September and games set to be scheduled for the following month.

"It's going to be a massive 12 months for the team and for women's football,” said the former Manchester United and Everton player.

"I'm excited and everything that I've done so far, I want to continue for the next 12 months. We've got so many objectives and things we want to do this year.

"Hopefully, a lot of the Lionesses will be going to the Olympics and then we've got a EURO in two years.

“So there's lots to do and I'm excited for the next 12 months and I hope the situation doesn't detract from their thinking, as their eye has to be on the ball."

Neville also paid tribute to his players, with many of them making the most of the lockdown to help others and also keep them entertained across their own social media accounts.

"When you take football away from a group of footballers who so desperately want to do well, and we had a camp coming up in April, it's been really interesting to see how people have coped during the pandemic,” he added.

"I've got to say, the players and staff have been incredible in the way they've accepted what's been going on and trying to help in situations.

"The material they've been doing for the Lionesses supporters has been fantastic and I say to them all the time that they should be really proud of the work that they do and the way they conduct themselves.

"And the way they've worked away from everybody - they've kept their fitness up, worked on programmes and been able to reset their minds for the next challenge which is coming.

"That's probably the main thing for the team, now it's a reset and looking forward to September where there's a little bit of light at the end of the tunnel.”

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By Nicholas Veevers