England urges USWNT to consider World Cup winner Jill Ellis as the home of the Lions

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Retrieved 25 April 2020, 03:24 IST

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Former US boss Jill Ellis

Jill Ellis ruled the world with the U.S. national team, and Karen Carney said the coach, of English descent, could be suitable for the Lions.

The Football Association is looking for a new head coach to lead England after Phil Neville announced his resignation next year.

Carney, a former England midfield star, says Ellis, who won the Women’s World Cup with the USWNT in 2015 and 2019, has strong credentials.

Ellis, 53, was born in Hampshire and immigrated to the United States with her family as a teenager. He served in the United States for five years before resigning after winning a second World Cup.

England will host the next European Championships, which have been delayed by 12 months until 2022, and Carney thinks Ellis will be able to meet the high-pressure challenge of leading the team to such a tournament.

Carney told BBC Radio 5 Live: “I’ll probably go after Jill Ellis because she’s a former US director, she’s proven. To be an American manager you’re shooting at you, left, right and center, so you got a strong personality so I think She can do it.

“To keep a house euro you will have a lot of things left. You can grow bigger and stronger.”

England have reached the semi-finals of the last two Women’s World Cups, France lost to the United States at this stage last year and also reached the last four at Euro 2017.

Carney urged the team to “find a way to get gold somehow” and said it was important for the next Leoneses coach to make “a comfortable transition for the players”.

Carney appeared to question whether the Neville era could soon consider whether a decision had already been made.

“If I were a player for England, I would probably want some continuity right now,” he said.

“[The European Championship] On home soil, this is truly an opportunity for women to show off the game.

“It’s not a make-or-break situation, but it’s on the ground floor of the house and all eyes will be on us.

“So we have to give our players the best chance and get it sooner than next time? I don’t know.

“I’m sure there are problems with the agreement and I’m sure the climate we’re in right now.”