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Bev Priestman and Phil Neville look ahead to 2020 with the Lionesses

Wednesday 08 Jan 2020
Bev Priestman and Phil Neville

Lionesses assistant coach Bev Priestman is hoping England can recreate the magic of 2019 in order to bring home more silverware this year.

Victory at the SheBelieves Cup, a World Cup semi-final and a record turnout at Wembley were all highlights of the last 12 months for Priestman, who was appointed as Phil Neville's number two in 2018.

But she’s now hoping that 2020 can be even better, with more games to look forward to and a trip to Japan for the summer Olympics in Tokyo.

"2019 was the best year and now it is about how we recreate that with all the major competitions coming up," said the former Everton player.

"For the people who have worked really hard in the women's game and paved the way - we spoke a lot about to the players [before the game against Germany at Wembley in November] about how much that moment was for them.

"In the summer the girls did something, played a certain way, that made 77,000 people want to come and watch them."

However it's not always the memories made in 90 minutes that Neville believes are of the greatest value and hopes the bond his players have built in the last year can help them continue to progress.

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"The players are the ones that inspire me, it is their humility, dignity and determination," said Neville, who like his number two, also played for Everton.

"When you are successful it's not always the game on the field that you remember but the bond and the fun that you had off it."

Neville and Priestman, along with their players, took time to reflect on their favourite moments of 2019, which you can watch via the England YouTube channel. 

By Tom Dean