Neville ready for England role

23 January 2018 14:02:42 EST

Phil Neville believes the England women's team are "on the verge of something special" after being appointed as their new head coach.

The 41-year-old had been heavily linked with the role in recent weeks and has now signed a contract which will see him remain in charge for next year's World Cup and before expiring at the end of the team's 2021 Uefa Women's Championship campaign.

Neville has previously coached at Manchester United and Valencia, as well as assisting with the England Under-21s.

I am honoured to be given the chance to lead England.

Phil Neville

He takes over from Mo Marley, who was placed in interim charge following the departure of Mark Sampson in September.

Marley led the Lionesses to victories in World Cup qualifiers against Bosnia & Herzegovina and Kazakhstan and will now revert to her previous role with the development sides.

Neville, who won six Premier League titles at United, as well as the Champions League and 59 caps for his country, holds a Uefa Pro Licence but doubts remain over his lack of experience.

The former Everton-man admits he is honoured to have been chosen for the role and is looking forward to leading the team over the next three years.

"This squad's on the verge of something special and I believe I can lead them to the next level," said Neville. "I am honoured to be given the chance to lead England.

"With the new coaching team we are putting in place, we can help the players build on their great progress in recent years.

"There is no greater honour than representing your country and it will be a privilege to do it again."

Meanwhile, the England men's team are 40/1 to win this summer's World Cup in Russia.

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