Women's Sport: Spain join USA, England and Japan for 2020 SheBelieves Cup


Spain will make their SheBelieves Cup debut this Spring when they join England and Japan along with hosts America in the four-team tournament. 

This will be England's first taste of competitive football since they were knocked out of the World Cup this summer following a 2-1 defeat to USA - who went on to lift the trophy - and a 2-1 loss to Sweden in the bronze medal match. 

With the SheBelieves Cup Neville's only notable success with this England side, he will be keen to go back-to-back when they head out to America in March. 

It will also be a competitive debut for newly appointed USA coach, Vlatko Andonovski, who replaced Jill Ellis shortly after their World Cup victory tour. 

The 43-year-old has already shown in friendlies his desire to bring through young and in-form players who, in spite of tremendous NWSL performances, have often been overlooked; but as of right now it's not a side too dissimilar to Jill Ellis' back-to-back World Champions. 

Perhaps the biggest test for the USA will be to see how they overcome losing physical performance manager Dawn Scott to the Lionesses. 

Scott played a key role in the USA's development and is a big part of why their physical presence among other teams in the world is unmatched, allowing them to be dominating on and off the ball. 

As well as England having their turn to take revenge on the World Cup defeat, Spain will also be looking to hit back against the USA who knocked them out in the Round of 16. 

The game was a flurry of VAR controversy but despite a valiant effort, Spain fell just short. 

Last year Japan provided perhaps one of the best moments in the SheBelieves Cup since it began, coming back from behind twice to draw with the USA, halting their chances of lifting their own trophy. 

Despite losing 3-0 to England, their second game saw an impressive 3-1 win over Brazil from a young side still finding it's identity. 

For the USA, England and Japan this will be geared towards the summer when many of them will represent their countries at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. 

The tournament will kick off March 5th when Japan and Spain face off, followed by a blockbuster evening match between the reigning World champions and the reigning SheBelieves Cup champions. 

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