England Women have appointed the former Norway midfielder Hege Riise as temporary manager after Phil Neville left to take over at Inter Miami.
Riise, who has been coaching successfully with LSK Kvinner in her homeland and had a spell on the staff of the United States women’s team, will be assisted by the former Canada international Rhian Wilkinson.
They have signed short-term contracts and will be supported at England’s February training camp by Kay Cossington, the Football Association’s head of women’s technical.
Sarina Wiegman is taking over as England’s manager after the Olympics, where she is due to finish a spell in charge of the Netherlands. Neville had been expected to lead Team GB at that tournament.
The FA’s director of women’s football, Baroness Sue Campbell, said: “I am delighted to welcome Hege Riise and Rhian Wilkinson to the England coaching team, having had positive discussions with them in recent weeks.
“They bring significant international experience and will help guide our players before the arrival of Sarina Wiegman as our new head coach to lead us into the home Euro in 2022. Once February is complete, we will sit down and assess the Lionesses situation and consider next steps for Team GB in consultation with the home nations and the British Olympic Association.”
Riise was nominated for the Fifa Best coach of the year award last December and has led Kvinner to multiple titles since taking charge in 2017. She was an assistant with the US when they reached the 2011 World Cup final and won the following year’s Olympics. As a player she won the Olympics, World Cup and European Championship.
“I’m excited about the opportunity I’ve been given to work with England Women,” she said. “This is a proud and ambitious team that I look forward to working with and I am confident of making a positive impact when I meet up with the squad in February.”