Women's Sport: What do we know so far about Team GB's football team

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Great Britain's women's football team are six-months away from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

The team will not have any warm-up matches, and their coach has admitted he has little time to prepare for the games. 

Team GB will enter only their second Olympics with a Women's football team and will be managed by current England Head Coach Phil Neville. Their first appearance was in 2012 in London.

The 43-year-old is responsible for picking an 18-player squad that consists of English, Northern Irish, Scottish, and Welsh internationals, to play 11 other nations in July.

The team's first-round games will be played on July 22 in Tokyo, and Neville thinks he's "probably got 30 days of preparation to form a new team".

His preparation for the games will not come without its distractions, with England first playing in the 2020 SheBelives Cup in the United States in March. The Lionesses are defending champions of the competition.

He has apparently informed players "from all countries" last September that a list he has already compiled for Team GB will be cut down to 18 in the summer.

"We're a Team GB team. We are not England, Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland," he added.

As there will be no warm-up fixtures, Phil has instead been at Women's Super League fixtures to scout his final list of players. 

Following Manchester United's defeat to Bristol City in January, United defender Abbie McManus has said: 

"Phil was here and spoke to a lot of the girls,

"We see him in the crowd quite a lot. He's good at letting everyone know what they need to do."

Though this is Team GB's second appearance at the Olympics with a women's football team, it could've been their third, if it wasn't for the four countries' Football Associations not reaching an agreement in 2016. 

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In the 2012 squad, it consisted of 16 England players and two from Scotland.

This year, Wales midfielder Hayley Ladd has said:

"I have had a little bit [of contact with Phil Neville]. It's more a formality at this point," said Ladd. "It's nice that several of us have been considered. It's positive meetings so far."

If these quotes are anything to go by, we could very well see a squad made up of more than two nations come July.

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