England Women cancel Germany friendly after positive test

Phil Neville's side have not played a competitive fixture since their disappointing performance at the SheBelieves Cup in March

England Women have cancelled Tuesday’s friendly in Germany following a positive coronavirus test.

The fixture, which was due to take place behind closed doors at the Brita-Arena in Wiesbaden, was to be England’s first competitive fixture since the SheBelieves Cup in March.

Phil Neville and the squad met up for a training camp at St George’s Park this week are were set to fly to Germany on Sunday but those plans have been shelved at the last minute.

As hosts of the delayed 2021 European Championships, which will now take place in July 2022, England have not had any qualifying games to play.

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England have been set a target of winning the World Cup or European Championship by 2024 and have been keen to return to competitive action.

Neville’s side disappointed at the SheBelieves Cup earlier this year, beating only Japan and losing to hosts USA and Spain.

The team played an intra-squad training match on Friday, during which Chelsea’s Fran Kirby had to be taken off on a golf cart just before half-time after a tackle on Georgia Stanway.

England’s last meeting with Germany was a 2-1 defeat last November, with Klara Buhl scoring the winner in the final minute for the visitors in front of a record crowd of nearly 80,000 at Wembley.

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