Written by Sean Fisher
The invitational women’s football tournament starts this Wednesday, and will see the English National team pitted against the world’s best.
Phil Neville’s England side travel to the US this February for the 4th edition of the annual cup. This year’s tournament sees England, United States, Japan and Brazil go head-to-head in a round-robin format where points are awarded for the teams in a group stage.
The tournament is a great chance for fans to see some of the world’s best teams face off before the 2019 World Cup in France this summer. All 4 competitors of the tournament are currently placed in the top 10 FIFA rankings, with the US currently leading affairs as the best ranked team in the world.
England will be hoping to win their first SheBelieves title this February, but will face fierce competition from World Cup winners US as they attempt to win the title for a 3rd time.
Japan and Brazil are competing in the cup for the first time, replacing France and Germany who had competed in all of the previous SheBelieves competitions. Japan enter the tournament with the best run of form, having won their past 5 games, and the Asian side will be a primary point of interest for Phil Neville and co. as England are set to face Japan in group D of the World Cup this summer.
Phil Neville’s first game in charge of the team came in last year’s competition, where he oversaw England’s 4-1 triumph over France. But the Lionesses will want to improve upon last years efforts when they kick off the tournament this Wednesday and bring home a trophy and a confidence boost before the World Cup.
England’s first match takes place tomorrow night in Pennsylvania as they take on newcomers, Brazil. This saturday they take on holders, United States before capping off the competition against Japan on the 5th March.
Can the Lionesses impress in America and win the SheBelieves Cup?