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England Women to play Northern Ireland in first game for almost a year

  • Match at George’s Park on 23 February under Hege Riise
  • Friendly against Canada in April as part of Euros buildup

England Women will play Northern Ireland at St George’s Park on 23 February in their first match in almost a year. The Lionesses will also welcome Canada on 13 April as they attempt to get preparations for the home Euros in 2022 back on track.

England’s last match was a 1-0 defeat by Spain at the close of the SheBelieves Cup on 11 March last year. The then manager, Phil Neville, departed for Inter Miami last month, and the assistant coach Hege Riise is in temporary charge. The former USA women’s national team assistant coach will oversee the Northern Ireland game, after which her position will be reviewed.

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