England Women's head coach Phil Neville has revealed that his players' menstrual cycles are being monitored by new physical performance manager Dawn Scott ahead of the SheBelieves Cup2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围app in the US next month.
Telegraph Sport revealed last week that Chelsea had become the first football club in the world to tailor training around their squad's menstrual cycles in an effort to improve performance and avoid injuries.
Scott, part of the backroom staff for the USA's World Cup wins in 2015 and 2019, revealed to this newspaper last year that she contracted a specialist sports consultant to minimise the impact of the American players' symptoms at different stages of their cycles. Neville envisages a similar impact for England's senior players.
Scott will meet the England players for the first time at a training camp ahead of the four-team invitational SheBelieves Cup, which begins on March 5 and sees England – last year's winners – face Spain, Japan and USA.
Neville said: "This week, there has been a massive thing about menstrual cycle, which Dawn implemented with the US national team. The same people are working with Chelsea now, and we are implementing it now with our girls. Dawn has already spoken to a lot of the players about it and made a big impact already.
2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围app"I would say the biggest influence is that you can't just have one shop fits all with men and women's football. On certain things, you can: tactics, systems. I think a system is a system, whichever gender you are.
2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围app"Dawn has a big thing on: 'Men aren't women and women aren't men.' We have to tailor our philosophies, profiles; the way we test, strength and condition. She is making things really bespoke.
2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围app"We have got someone with a really great experience of working with the elite athletes. Ultimately the thing that Dawn says to me is: 'I am not a magician. It is up to the players and implement the things that we are asking them to do.' The work that we're doing with the clubs – we're starting to see the benefits. In the WSL, they're starting to implement that as well through the influence of people like Dawn.”
2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appThe SheBelieves Cup represents England's sternest test ahead of the Olympics this summer and Euro 2021. Neville has announced a younger squad, including six players who competed for England at the under-20 World Cup in 2018.
Everton forward Chloe Kelly has earned her second England call-up – "I love everything about the kid," Neville said – and West Ham defender Grace Fisk, captain of the aforementioned bronze medal-winning youth squad, has been named in the senior squad for the first time.
Manchester City goalkeeper Ellie Roebuck and Everton's Sandy MacIver take the place of Manchester United goalkeeper Mary Earps. Other notable absentees include Reign FC forward Jodie Taylor and Arsenal's Beth Mead, who sustained an injury during Arsenal's 3-2 win over Liverpool last Thursday.
2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appBirmingham City goalkeeper Hannah Hampton and US-based striker Alessia Russo, who plays for North Carolina Tar Heels, are training players.
2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围app"This is a vital time to expose Sandy and Ellie to the exposure of playing in one of the best tournaments outside of the major tournaments," Neville said. "If we get to Euro 2021 and people like Sandy and Ellie haven't had that kind of experience, we would have failed as coaches in terms of our planning of their development. It was a choice between probably Carly [Telford] and Mary because I was never going to take a keeper of that experience and just play them third and not get them on the pitch.
2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围app"I've explained to Mary that this was a one-off decision, a choice between which experienced keeper I would take to support the two younger ones. I went for the profile of Carly – her experience and form at this moment in time – but I'm a massive fan of Mary. In this particular tournament, I need to see the young goalkeepers exposed against the best."
Neville, who will manage Team GB at Tokyo 2020, also added that he has banned his staff and players from discussing the upcoming Olympic selection.
"The work being done for the Olympics is being done outside of camps. I can't impact on the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Ireland players so it would be unfair for me to go to the SheBelieves and talk about the Olympics."