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Olympic champion Hege Riise appointed interim England women's manager

The former Norway international, who won gold at Sydney 2000 as a player and London 2012 as assistant coach with the USA steps temporarily into role after Phil Neville's departure.

By James Pratt ·

The English Football Association have announced that Hege Riise will take interim charge of the women's national team.

The Norwegian won Olympic football gold at Sydney 2000 in a glittering playing career, and again while working as assistant coach on the USA team at London 2012.

The 1995 world player of the year was due to join the England staff as assistant coach, but will step up to lead the team for their February training camp, after the departure of Phil Neville on Monday.

Commenting on the appointment, Riise said, “I'm excited about the opportunity I've been given to work with England Women. This is a proud and ambitious team that I look forward to working with and I am confident of making a positive impact when I meet up with the squad in February."

England won a maiden SheBelieves Cup in March 2019, before finishing fourth at the 2019 World Cup in France, performances that helped ensure Great Britain qualify to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in 2021.

Riise will be supported in the caretaker role by former Canada international Rhian Wilkinson, who also joins on a short-term contract, and FA head of women's technical, Kay Cossington.

A decision will then be made on who will coach the team for the period until Sarina Wiegman is due to take over permanently in September 2021, ahead of the women's Euros in 2022.

Riise will then return to Norway to take over as Under-19 team coach from 1st September.

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