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England Women appoint their FIRST EVER foreign boss as Sarina Wiegman replaces Phil Neville

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Sarina Wiegman has been announced as Phil Neville’s successor as England Women manager, becoming the Lionesses’ first ever foreign boss. 

The FA announced that the former Manchester United defender’s contract would not be extended beyond next summer last June and have now moved to reveal who will come in. 

Wiegman, the current Holland boss, has agreed a four-year contract from 2021 that will see her manage England’s campaigns for the home European Championship in 2022, the 2023 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, and the Euros in 2025.

Current Holland manager Sarina Wiegman will take over as England Women's boss in 2021

Current Holland manager Sarina Wiegman will take over as England Women’s boss in 2021

Wiegman will replace Phil Neville as his current contract is not being extended by the FA

 Wiegman will replace Phil Neville as his current contract is not being extended by the FA

Wiegman is highly commended after successfully leading Holland to glory in the 2017 Euros

Wiegman is highly commended after successfully leading Holland to glory in the 2017 Euros

The 50-year-old will take charge of the Lionesses after honouring her commitment to lead the Dutch at the Olympics next summer.

Wiegman said: ‘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.

‘I’m very much looking forward to contributing my experience and expertise to this ambitious team.

Speaking after news broke on England she said she is excited to work with an 'ambitious' side

Speaking after news broke on England she said she is excited to work with an ‘ambitious’ side

She is determined to go out on a high with Holland at the 2022 Euros and at the Olympics

She is determined to go out on a high with Holland at the 2022 Euros and at the Olympics

‘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 Euros 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 per cent focused on Oranje. I will do my utmost to add another chapter to their remarkable journey before making my next step.’

Under Wiegman, Holland won the 2017 European Championship as hosts and reached the World Cup final last year, where they were beaten 2-0 by the USA.

The FA added it will now renew its dialogue with the home nations with regard to the postponed Olympics, now scheduled to take place in Tokyo next July, and a decision on the head coach for Team GB will be announced in due course.  

Wiegman will only be the second woman to manage the team with Hope Powell the first

Wiegman will only be the second woman to manage the team with Hope Powell the first

Neville will continue in the position until his contract expires and Wiegman takes charge

 Neville will continue in the position until his contract expires and Wiegman takes charge

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Giggs eager to see Bale as part of ‘mouthwatering’ Tottenham front three with Kane and Son

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Ryan Giggs had admitted he cannot wait to see Gareth Bale form part of a ‘mouthwatering’ front three at Tottenham.

The Wales star sealed a return to Spurs last week on a season-long loan deal from Real Madrid, seven years after leaving north London for the Spanish capital.

Bale is currently recovering from a knee injury that will keep him out until next month, but even without the Welshman, Spurs demolished Southampton thanks to four goals from Son Heung-min, all of which were assisted by Harry Kane before the England striker added a fifth in the 5-2 win. 

Ryan Giggs (right) had admitted he cannot wait to see Gareth Bale (left) at Tottenham

Ryan Giggs (right) had admitted he cannot wait to see Gareth Bale (left) at Tottenham

Ryan Giggs (right) had admitted he cannot wait to see Gareth Bale (left) at Tottenham

The Wales star sealed a return to Spurs last week on a season-long loan deal from Real Madrid

The Wales star sealed a return to Spurs last week on a season-long loan deal from Real Madrid

The Wales star sealed a return to Spurs last week on a season-long loan deal from Real Madrid

But Giggs believes Jose Mourinho’s side will have another dimension added to it in attack when Bale returns.

‘It looks mouthwatering – Kane, Son and Bale. They have so many good players at Tottenham. I am really looking forward to seeing how he does,’ Giggs said.

‘It’s good to have him back in the Premier League. We want to see the best players in the world in the Premier League and it will be interesting to see how he does.’

Wales boss Giggs has continued to pick Bale at international level even when he was being frozen out by Real boss Zinedine Zidane.

Without Bale, Harry Kane (right) and Son Heung-min helped Spurs beat Southampton

Without Bale, Harry Kane (right) and Son Heung-min helped Spurs beat Southampton

Without Bale, Harry Kane (right) and Son Heung-min helped Spurs beat Southampton

And Giggs believes Bale will form part of a formidable attacking trio with Kane and Son

And Giggs believes Bale will form part of a formidable attacking trio with Kane and Son

And Giggs believes Bale will form part of a formidable attacking trio with Kane and Son

The 31-year-old was captain for the Nations League wins over Finland and Bulgaria earlier this month but looked rusty due an apparent lack of match fitness.

The forward then picked up the knee problem after being on the end of a strong challenge in the second half of the 1-0 victory over the Bulgarians in Cardiff.

Bale however could be a doubt for the friendly against England on October 8 followed by a double-header away to the Republic of Ireland and Bulgaria in the Nations League. 

But when asked if he was relieved Bale will see more game time ahead of Euro 2021 next summer, Manchester United legend Giggs replied: ‘Yes but not as many trips to Madrid anymore. It will be great. He has Ben Davies there as a team-mate as well.

Giggs admitted he is relieved Bale will see more game time ahead of next summer's Euros

Giggs admitted he is relieved Bale will see more game time ahead of next summer's Euros

Giggs admitted he is relieved Bale will see more game time ahead of next summer’s Euros

‘It’s a huge boost when you see someone like that walk through the door.

‘They got off to a disappointing start to the season, but to see him fit and firing, he will score goals, he’ll make assists, he’ll be a massive lift.

‘I’m sure the Tottenham fans cannot wait to see him.’

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6am Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Aouar ‘contract AGREED’, Partey LATEST, Mustafi exit ‘gaining momentum’

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HOUSSEM AOUAR has reportedly agreed a contract with Arsenal, however the Gunners have yet to match Lyon’s asking price.

It is also reported that should Mikel Arteta only be able to sign one of the two players he will opt for the French ace rather than Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey.

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6am Man Utd transfer news LIVE: £21m Alex Telles bid ‘IMMINENT’, Jadon Sancho deal expected, Dan James to Leeds

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MANCHESTER UNITED remain confident Borussia Dortmund will lower their £108m asking price for Jadon Sancho, according to reports.

Meanwhile Porto’s Alex Telles is said to be on the verge of handing in a transfer request to join the Red Devils.

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