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Mark Sampson set to leave position as England women's manager

Sampson oversaw England to a 6-0 victory on Tuesday ver Russia in World Cup qualification Credit: PA

England women's manager Mark Sampson is set to leave his position amid ongoing allegations of discrimination.

The 34-year-old, who led England to a 6-0 win over Russia on Tuesday night, has been the subject of allegations of racism, harassment and bullying.

It is unclear whether Sampson's departure is connected to those allegations.

The Football Association is expected to confirm his departure on Wednesday afternoon.

Sampson: England 'let down' by referee officials

Head coach Mark Sampson complained England were let down by the match officials after defender Laura Bassett was elbowed in the face during the 1-0 defeat to France.

Sampson is disappointed the officials missed what looked like a blatant elbow. Credit: PA

There might have been a different end story to the World Cup group game had referee Thalia Mitsi spotted what looked an intentional jab from Camille Abily on Bassett with 20 minutes to go in Moncton.

Abily was not even booked, but Sampson said Bassett had been left in a sorry way.

When asked if he thought France should have been reduced to 10 players, Sampson said: "If you look at Laura Bassett now, I think that'll answer your question.

"We're disappointed with that.

"We were told before the tournament that we'd be protected if we abided within the rules, and I think we've been let down by that one and so has Laura Bassett."

Sampson wants England to make it difficult for France

Mark Sampson has urged England to be have-a-go heroes and make a dream start to the Women's World Cup by beating France.

Sampson wants England to make life difficult for France. Credit: PA

The testing opener for Sampson's Lionesses in the New Brunswick city of Moncton on Tuesday comes against the side that eliminated them on a penalty shoot-out in the quarter-finals four years ago.

England will be favoured to beat Mexico and Colombia in their later Group F games, but Sampson wants to start the tournament in Canada on a positive note, while being fully aware of France's quality.

Sampson said:

It's going to be a tough game, isn't it? We're playing many people's tournament favourites, we're playing against some huge individual talents.

Now, more than they've ever had, France have got a real collective ethic as well. It's going to be a huge challenge for us, but we'll do what we always do: we'll focus on ourselves, and make sure we pick a team that can deal with France and give them as many problems as possible.

We'll make it as difficult an afternoon as we possibly can for France, and I think we've got a group of people who can do that.

– England women's manager Mark Sampson