Phil Neville in running for England Women's manager job

The Football Association are still looking for a successor to sacked coach Mark Sampson

The Football Association are still looking for a successor to sacked coach Mark Sampson

Phil Neville is expected to be confirmed as manager of the England women's team next week as the long-term successor to Mark Sampson.

Neville, who has already held coaching positions at Manchester United, Valencia and Salford City, also raised suspicions by following several England women's players on Twitter, including Jill Scott and Steph Houghton, as well as the Lionesses' official account.

Mo Marley was placed in temporary charge of the national side following Mark Sampson's sacking in September, winning both of her games in charge. As with all senior FA appointments, Neville has undergone psychometric tests in addition to an interview and background checks.

England are ranked third in the world, with the 2019 World Cup due in France.

It is understood the 40-year-old's name was initially suggested to the Football Association in a light-hearted manner by a well known broadcaster at a drinks reception last month.

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"I want to cut my cloth and I've just got to wait for the right opportunity, really".

He also followed official accounts of the Lionesses, the United States national team and Manchester City Women.

"We are lucky we have had a great interim in Mo Marley, so that has allowed us to spend that bit more time to make sure we are assessing all of the talent across the world".

"We believe we can win the World Cup so we have to get the right person with the right set of skills".