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World Cup winners USA plan move to pinch England boss Phil Neville

Phil Neville

Ellis led the States to a successful World Cup title defence over the summer after overcoming Neville’s Lionesses in the semi-finals.

But she intends to step down from the role, having turned down the chance to lead the team at the Olympics in Tokyo next year.

The Mail Online (opens in new tab) reports that Ellis will have a say in who replaces her as head coach and she has been impressed by the work of former Manchester United (opens in new tab) and Everton (opens in new tab) man Neville.

He is considered the leading candidate for the role but has a contract with the FA until 2021.

Sources in the USA have confirmed to the outlet that Neville appeals to Ellis and other influential figures within the US Federation, but no contact has been made with the 42-year-old or the FA yet.

Neville, who was appointed England boss in January 2018, has been shortlisted in the top three women’s national coaches for 2019 in the FIFA’s Best awards.

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Alasdair Mackenzie is a freelance journalist based in Rome, and a FourFourTwo contributor since 2015. When not pulling on the FFT shirt, he can be found at Reuters, The Times and the i. An Italophile since growing up on a diet of Football Italia on Channel 4, he now counts himself among thousands of fans sharing a passion for Ross County and Lazio.