England Lionesses have cancelled their upcoming friendly against Germany due to Coronavirus protocols in Germany and a positive test for a member of the Lionesses’ backroom staff.
Although the FA described it as a ‘difficult decision’ to cancel their friendly against Germany which was set to take place on Tuesday 27 October 2020, they feel that it is in the team’s best interests following a positive test from an unnamed member of the backroom staff.
The FA also acknowledged that current Coronavirus protocols in Germany requiring that any individual who test positive to self-isolate for 14 days meant that travelling to Wiesbaden was a risk which they couldn’t take.
FA Chief Executive, Mark Bullingham released a short statement saying; ” This has been a difficult but necessary decision. Nothing is more important than the safety, health and wellbeing of the players and colleagues under our care.”
Bullingham paid tribute to the German FA (DFB) “for their cooperation and understanding and look forward to the possibility of a future fixture in healthier and safer times.”
Lionesses Manager, Phil Neville also spoke on the decision to cancel the friendly, describing the cancellation as the absolute “right course of action.”
Neville also praised the staff of both Germany and England for their understanding, saying; “I thank Germany’s staff for their understanding and our FA colleagues for their support.”
On the week-long training camp which took place across the last seven days, Neville felt that the team “have still had a good week of training and are looking forward to getting together next month…” ahead of their friendly against Norway on 1 December 2020 at Bramall Lane, Sheffield.
It has also been confirmed that the remainder of this month’s camp has been cancelled with players released back to their clubs with immediate effect, which will be seen as positive news by Everton and Manchester City with the pair set to meet in Women’s FA Cup Final next Sunday (2:30pm GMT) live on BBC One.