Sarina Wiegman to succeed Phil Neville as England head coach

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Netherlands manager Sarina Wiegman has been appointed the new Lionnesses head coach, the English Football Association announced on Friday.

Wiegman, who has signed a four-year deal, will start the role in September 2021 after committing to guiding the Netherlands through their Olympic campaign.

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"I'm delighted and honoured to join England Women next year. England is the cradle of football and the major developments in women's football globally over recent years have been led by The FA," Wiegman said in a statement.

"The ride with the 'Oranje Lionesses' has been amazing so far, but we haven't reached our final destination yet. There are two more goals: qualifying for the UEFA Women's EURO in 2022 and challenging at the Olympics next summer. That would be a fitting completion for me of everything we've strived to achieve in women's football in my home country.

"I am extremely excited by the prospect of leading England Women in the future, but for now I am 100% focused on Oranje. I will do my utmost to add another chapter to their remarkable journey before making my next step."

A former player, Wiegman captained Netherlands and made 104 appearances. She started her managerial career in 2007 with ADO Den Haag.

She became assistant coach of Netherlands in 2014 before becoming head coach three years later.

In the same year, she guided the side to victory in the European Championship and was named FIFA's Best Women's Coach.

Netherlands also made it to the 2019 World Cup final where they lost 2-0 to the U.S. women's national team.

Phil Neville's contract with the Lionesses ends in July 2021, meaning there will be a gap between the end of Neville's tenure and the start of Wiegman's that coincides with the postponed Olympics.

The FA said in a statement that they will now enter into talks with the other home nations over who will guide Team Great Britain in Tokyo.