England manager Phil Neville says links to USA managers job are flattering

The England Womens manager Phil Neville says he is flattered by links to the US job

The England manager, Phil Neville, has dismissed reports linking him to the US womens national team.

Last month it was announced Jill Ellis, the two-times World Cup winning head coach, is to step down from arguably the top job in womens football, following the retention of their title in France. Before Englands 2-1 defeat to Norway the Daily Mail reported Neville was the top target of US Soccer for the vacant position having impressed Ellis.

Neville has been named on the shortlist alongside Ellis and Netherlands coach, Sarina Wiegman, for the Fifa womens coach of the year award.

However when asked about the alleged interest, Neville batted it away, telling BBC Sport: There has been no approach.

Neville is under contract with the Lionesses until 2021 and, at present, is committed to leading Team GB into the 2020 Olympics and England into a home European Championship finals in 2021.

Speaking after England took the lead only to concede twice in the second half, in front of a record crowd for the home side, he said: My focus is on winning us a gold medal in the Olympics and beyond that. Its flattering because it means you are doing a good job, but my focus is England.

I love this job, and weve got a big job to do. We can see over the last two games that the work is still in progress and weve still got a long way to go.

He responded similarly after the World Cup when asked of his long-term commitment to the Lionessessaying: You read and listen to stories, and people say: Whats the next move, but I cant think of a better job in football.

I get an organisation that backs me, anything I want. I get a set of players that play to my tune and Ive got scope to improve, to make an impact on peoples lives.

Im committed to the three-year project. I dont see another job that would give me what Im in now. As long as the FA back me the way theyve backed me, and the players show the same kind of thirst for learning, then Ill be here for the three years.

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