1/22/2019 7:38:58 PM (GMT+3)

Neville praises Qatar's compact FIFA World Cup plans

Neville praises Qatar

DOHA, Qatar: The England women's football team has been inspired by training at one of Qatar's FIFA World Cup stadiums as they aim for glory in two major tournaments this year.

The Lionesses arrived here last week for a week-long training camp at Khalifa International Stadium.

Led by head coach Phil Neville, the players are preparing for next month's SheBelieves Cup in the United States, while also having one eye on the FIFA Women's World Cup, which will kick off on 7 June in France.

Neville, who won six English Premier League titles and the UEFA Champions League with Manchester United, told www.sc.qa his side had been inspired by their surroundings.

"I didn't tell the players we would be training at Khalifa Stadium – I kept it as a surprise for them – and when they came into the stadium, they were blown away. To be in a World Cup stadium was a big moment for them," said the former England star.

Neville, who took over as head coach of the Lionesses a year ago, said he was impressed with Qatar's compact tournament plans – saying they'd be a massive boost for players and fans.

"The lack of distance between venues means you can play a game at lunchtime and then go and watch Brazil play at night. This is something that's probably never happened before at a World Cup," he added.