Women's Sport: Rachel Brown-Finnis says women's Euros should "stand alone" and move to 2022

Former England goal-keeper, Rachel Brown-Finnis, says it “makes sense” for the women’s European Championships to be played in summer 2022 instead of the summer of 2021.

Speaking to the PA News Agency Brown-Finnis said she felt it would do the competition more justice after UEFA made the decision to push the men’s competition to next summer.

“I think to do it justice and to have it on its own stage and not to be overshadowed by the men’s Euros, I think it is the right move to do that, for it to be a stand-alone,” Brown-Finnis said.

The women’s Euros will be hosted by England and was initially set to start on July 7 2021. UEFA announced this week the men’s tournament would be moved to June next year with an announcement on the women’s tournament expected soon.

There have been some reports that the women’s competition will simply be moved until just after the men’s tournament, but Brown-Finnis said she felt this double-header would take away attention from the women’s edition.

“Will it have the same kind of limelight in that scenario? I’m not sure. I’d be all in favour of it being postponed for a year.”

The former Liverpool and Everton player went further by adding that she believed those in charge of making the decision about a potential postponement “will be doing it for all the right reasons for women’s football”.

Team GB will face “hell of a lot of pressure” at Tokyo 2020

Brown-Finnis was part of the first-ever Team GB women’s football side at London 2012 and believes that if under-pressure boss Phil Neville is going to continue his tenure he will need to create some results.

Tokyo 2020 looks as if it could be disrupted by the global coronavirus pandemic, but Brown-Finnis says performances must be produced during the Games, especially following the Lionesses’ unsuccessful She Believes tournament.

“Things haven’t gone to plan I don’t think. We don’t know what the underlying sort of plan was – of course, it was to bring in some new players, give them playing time because we don’t have to go through qualifying [for the Euros].

“But that can only last so long because there is a lot to be said for momentum and confidence of the squad, and at the moment I can’t imagine that is particularly positive.

“I think it adds a hell of a lot more weighting to results because that is what it is all about. We need to see results,” she told PA News Agency.

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