England coach Sarina Wiegman believes this summer’s home European Championship will be “the biggest women’s football event ever in Europe”.
England will host Women’s Euro 2022 in July and will step up their preparations this month by taking part in the first Arnold Clark Cup on home soil.
The four-team tournament also includes Germany, Spain and Olympic champions Canada and will see six matches played over seven days.
Wiegman described the competition as a “test” for her side ahead of this summer, which she hopes will be a historic tournament for women’s football.
“The game is growing so much, I think this tournament this summer will be the biggest event in women’s football in Europe,” said Weigman, who led the Netherlands to victory at the last European Championship in 2017. .
“The level is rising so much and there are so many teams that can win this tournament, it’s already very exciting, so it’s really unpredictable.”
England begin their Arnold Clark Cup campaign against Canada at Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium on February 17 before facing Spain at Carrow Road three days later and Germany at Molineux three days later.
“Playing against three of the best countries in the world is a good test for us to know where we really are. We had a very good fall, but now we have different opponents in front of us, very good opponents, and it’s a good test for us,” added Wiegman.
“After the tournament we will probably know where we are and what we need to do to prepare for the Euros.
“It’s also an opportunity, because we’re playing three games in six days, to have a lot of players playing minutes to see what their level is and how we can grow as a team.
“I think this tournament will be very beneficial and it will also give a lot of information about us and where we are and an opportunity for us to develop our style of play.”
Germany head coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg and her Spanish counterpart Jorge Vilda are also hoping to use the tournament to brush up on preparations ahead of the summer.
“We’re looking forward to going as far as preparations go,” Voss-Tecklenburg said.
“Just like Sarina said, we know where we are and what kind of work we need to do in the run-up to the ‘real thing’, in quotes, the Euros in England.”
Vilda added: “It’s the best way to prepare for the Euros this summer.
“You are playing against some of the best teams in the world and that is the ultimate preparation there is likely to be for the best Euros in the history of the competition.”