England will not take part in SheBelieves Cup in US next year due to pandemic

England won't take part in SheBelieves
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England women won’t take part in the SheBelieves Cup being held in the US early next year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Football Association confirmed the news and said the decision had been made ‘based on existing uncertainties around the future trend of the Covid-19 pandemic’.

Also considered in the decision were travel logisitics and technical factors.

The Lionesses have taken part in the tournament every year since its conception in 2016 and were crowned champions in 2019.

The event is held in the US every year in either February or March and involves four teams.

England’s autumn fixtures will be confirmed ‘in due course’ according to the FA.

The governing body added in a statement: "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 Uefa European Championship in 2022 and Fifa Women's World Cup in 2023."

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