Casey Stoney says she is open-minded over England’s new head coach

Casey Stoney is “open-minded” over England Women’s next managerial appointment

Casey Stoney says she is “open-minded” over England’s next managerial appointment and insists the squad remain focused ahead of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup qualifying double-header.

The experienced Liverpool defender, who was forced to withdraw from the games against Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kazakhstan on Thursday, does not believe England need to recruit a homegrown coach.

Mo Marley, who was named England’s interim manager following the dismissal of Mark Sampson, will no longer take charge the squad after the forthcoming two international fixtures and Stoney has said what matters is getting “the best person for the job”.

“I am open-minded in terms of the manager,” Stoney told Sky Sports News. “I think they have to be English-speaking and comfortable speaking English but for me it is about the best person for the job.

“Ideally they would be English. [However] if someone is out there, who can speak English and they are a fantastic coach then I am open-minded.”

Stoney believes the role will be hugely attractive for prospective managers and an “exciting” challenge with an “exceptional group of players”.

She added: “It is a very exciting [prospect for a manager]. We have got full-time players, an exceptional group of players there and an opportunity to go and win medals.

“We need an excellent coach that can take the team to the next level. Someone who can keep the environment and togetherness of the team.”

The England Women’s national side finished third at the 2015 Women’s World Cup and fell at the Euro 2017 semi-final stage but have a 100 per cent record in the qualifiers for the 2019 tournament.

Stoney believes England are not far from making the next step to winning titles on the international stage.

“We work hard as a team off the pitch to make sure that we can excel on it and I don’t think the girls want that changed too much.

“The new manager is going to bring in their own ideas, ways of doing things but it is that detail on the pitch that we are going to need now to take us to the next level so that we can win European Championships and World Cups.”