England to host new women's annual international tournament beginning in February 2022

England to host new annual women's international tournament; England Women will face three of the top sides in world football in round-robin format; Germany and Spain confirmed for first tournament in February 2022 with final nation yet to be announced

England Women will be hosting an annual tournament against some of the top teams in the world
Image: England Women will play against some of the top teams in the world in an annual tournament

England is set to host a new annual women's international tournament next year.

The FA released a statement on Thursday that outlined the details of the competition, which will begin in February 2022.

Germany and Spain have been confirmed as two teams for the inaugural edition of the event, while the fourth nation is yet to be announced.

The statement read: "England will welcome three of the world's top sides next February for the first staging of a new annual invitational women's tournament.

"The Lionesses will be joined by Germany and Spain, both also ranked in FIFA's top 10, in the 2022 edition - with the fourth competing nation to be announced soon.

"Fans will be treated to three double-header matches played across seven days in a round-robin format."

After the tournament in February, Sarina Wiegman's England will also host the Women's Euro 2022 tournament in July.

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Their qualifying for the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup begins on Friday, when they host North Macedonia at Southampton's St Mary's Stadium.

Houghton confirmed England captain for double-header

Steph Houghton has been England captain since being appointed by Mark Sampson in January 2014
Image: Steph Houghton is England's captain for the next two games

Steph Houghton will continue to captain England for the next two internationals after talks with Sarina Wiegman - but a permanent captain is still to be appointed.

Wiegman was appointed as Phil Neville's successor in August 2020, but only started the role at the beginning of this month, after leading the Netherlands through their Olympic campaign this summer.

Her first game in charge is the World Cup qualifier against North Macedonia on Friday, before the Lionesses travel away to face Luxembourg on Tuesday.

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