Lionesses opt out of 2021 SheBelieves Cup

England SheBelieves Cup 2019
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The Football Association has confirmed that the Lionesses will not take part in next year’s SheBelieves Cup in the USA.

England had played in each edition of the annual spring tournament that began in 2016 and won it in 2019.

“The FA has taken the decision not to enter next year’s SheBelieves Cup in the USA,” it said in a statement.

“Our withdrawal from the competition in 2021 is based on existing uncertainties around the future trend of the Covid-19 pandemic, together with a detailed review of our technical priorities for England Women.

“The clear focus for our technical team will be to deliver an international fixture programme which provides the best possible performance outcomes for the Lionesses as we begin a crucial three-year period building to the home Euro in 2022 and women’s World Cup in 2023.”

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