Sampson appointed England women's coach
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Mark Sampson has been appointed as the new head coach of the England Women's team, the Football Association has announced.

The 31-year-old, who has signed a four-year contract, previously spent five years as manager of Bristol Academy in the Women's Super League.

Sampson succeeds Hope Powell, whose 15-year reign came to an end in August when she was sacked after England fell in the group phase at the UEFA Women's EURO in Sweden.

"Women's football in England is in a fantastic place right now, with the growth and development of the game in the last few years, and I am ready to give everything I have to build a team that every English supporter can be proud of," Sampson said.