Friday, 6 August, 2021

Tokyo Olympics 2020: Team GB to face hosts Japan in women's football


London, Apr. 21 (BBC): Team GB will face Canada, Chile and hosts Japan in the group stages of the women's football tournament at this summer's Olympic Games in Tokyo.

The side will combine England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland players, and be led by interim Lionesses coach Hege Riise. Tokyo 2020 will be Great Britain's second appearance at the tournament.

The London 2012 hosts won all three of their group games before losing to Canada in the quarter-finals. Former Lionesses boss Phil Neville was set to coach Team GB this summer, but he joined Inter Miami in January.

Riise, 51, won Olympic gold as a player with Norway in 2000 and was also assistant coach to the USA team that won gold at London 2012.

Following the Olympic Games, Riise will continue in her role with England until the Netherlands boss Sarina Wiegman takes charge in September. The tournament will begin with Japan against Canada at the Sapporo Dome on 21 July.