England named former Norway midfielder Hege Riise as interim coach of the women’s team on Tuesday after Phil Neville stood down to take over at Major League Soccer (MLS) men’s side Inter Miami.

The FA said in a statement that 1995 World Player of the Year Riise, 51, would lead its February training camp and be supported by former Canada international Rhian Wilkinson and women’s technical head Kay Cossington.

Riise and Wilkinson had applied for the vacant role of assistant coach and had agreed short-term contracts, it added.

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Part of the Norway team that was a global powerhouse in the 90s and early 2000s, Riise won the UEFA Women’s Championship in 1993, the World Cup in 1995 and a gold medal at the Sydney Olympics during an international career that…

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