<pre><pre>SheBelieves Cup: England Women face the USA, Japan and Spain to defend their title

England won the four-team competition for the first time in 2019

The English women will defend their title at the SheBelieves Cup from March 5 to 11 and compete against the hosts USA, Japan and Spain.

The lionesses won the tournament for the first time in 2019 and confirmed their participation in the event for the fifth time in a row.

Spain, ranked 13th in the world, makes its debut, while Japan returns for the second time.

All four sides play once in round robin format.

Phil Neville's team will face the World Champion in Orlando, Florida on Thursday, March 5. The game begins on March 6th at midnight GMT.

There will be a meeting with Japan on Sunday March 8th in Harrison, New Jersey before the Lioness campaign against Spain ends on Wednesday March 11th in Frisco, Texas.

The game is the first in England since a 3-2 win in a friendly in the Czech Republic on November 12th.

Karen Carney scores for England against Japan at the 2019 SheBelieves Cup.

"We are very excited to be part of this exceptional competition that will feature some of the best teams in the world," said Neville.

"The high pace and intensity of the competition are a great test for our team as the games take place every few days. We were very happy to get the trophy for the first time last year and we hope we can achieve this success Times can repeat. " , "

The tournament was founded and named after a social media campaign in 2015 that spread a message of female self-determination.

The six games are played as three double heads on the three fields.

SheBelieves Cup 2020 schedule complete

  • March 5: Spain v Japan at Exploria Stadium in Orlando, Florida (21:15 GMT)
  • March 5: USA v England at the Exploria Stadium in Orlando, Florida (7:00 p.m. CET; 12:00 a.m.CET)
  • March 8: Japan v England at the Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey (19:15 GMT)
  • March 8: USA v Spain at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey (10:00 PM GMT)
  • March 11: England against Spain at the Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas (22:15 GMT)
  • March 11: USA vs. Japan at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas (7:00 p.m. CT; 1:00 a.m.GMT)

For last year's World Cup winners, the USA, 2020 will be their first full year under the direction of the new boss Vlatko Andonovski, who replaced English coach Jill Ellis in October.

Both Spain and the 2011 World Cup winner, Japan, reached the last 16 of the 2019 World Cup in France and lost to the United States and the Netherlands, respectively.

England reached the last four at the tournament before losing 1-2 to the USA after skipper Steph Houghton saw a late penalty in the dramatic semi-final in Lyon.

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