Bristol Academy boss Mark Sampson is the new head coach of the England women's team. The 31 year old who led Bristol to second in this season's Super League, their highest-ever finish, has signed a four-year contract.

He succeeds Hope Powell, who was sacked in August after 15 years in charge.

"I am ready to give everything I have to build an England team that every English supporter can be proud of," Sampson said.

"This is a huge challenge for me personally and one in which I'm looking forward to taking on," he added.

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