Hope Powell sacked as manager of the England women's football team
Hope Powell has been sacked as manager of the England women’s football team
The 46-year-old had been in charge of the side since 1998, but faced intense criticism following England’s disastrous Euro 2013 campaign which saw them crash out at the group stage.
England, who are captained by Lincoln Ladies skipper Casey Stoney, lost two matches and drew one in Sweden as they recorded their worst performance at a European Championship since 2001.
Fellow Lady Imps Karen Bardsley, Jess Clarke and Sophie Bradley were part of the Euro 2013 squad.
Powell said after the tournament that the domestic game needed more investment if it was to compete with the other leading nations in Europe, such as France.
"We need to be prepared maybe to invest more if we want to compete with the likes of France,” said Powell.
"Since 2011, France have had quite a lot of investment," said Powell. "They are full-time and a lot of their players play for Lyon and are full-time athletes. So it's very difficult to compete against.
"If I look at Lyon they probably train five times a week. If I look at some of our Women's Super League clubs, we're not to that standard. They have had a massive shift in the culture of women's football."