Sarina Wiegman has been appointed as permanent successor to England Women head coach Phil Neville.

Netherlands head coach Wiegman, who has signed a four-year deal, will remain in her current role through to next summer’s rearranged Olympic Games in Tokyo, before beginning her tenure in September 2021.

Wiegman, who won 104 caps for the Netherlands as a player, guided her country to victory at Euro 2017 and to last year’s World Cup final, where they were beaten by the USA.

“I’m delighted and honoured to join England Women next year,” Wiegman said.

“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.”

Wiegman guided the Netherlands to victory at Euro 2017

The 50-year-old’s first major tournament with the Lionesses will be the Euros, which were postponed by a year because of the coronavirus pandemic, on home soil in 2022.

The FA’s chief executive, Mark Bullingham, added: “We are thrilled to have secured Sarina to lead the Lionesses until 2025. She was the outstanding candidate from a very strong field.

“Having won a home EURO in 2017 and leading the Netherlands to the final of the FIFA Women’s World Cup last year, she is a proven winner and we are confident she can take England to the next level, giving us the best possible opportunity of achieving our ambition to win a major tournament.”

Sarina Wiegman has a 71 per cent win record with the Netherlands

Neville announced in April he will leave his position at the end of his three-and-a-half year contract next July, with former USA head coach Jill Ellis, who has won the past two World Cups, among the early contenders.

The FA’s director of women’s football, Sue Campbell, said: “Sarina was our number one choice. She is the perfect cultural fit for us, which is crucially important in building a winning team. Her technical expertise, leadership skills and winning mentality is hugely impressive.”

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