Arnold Clark Cup: Wiegman believes Belgium could be ‘challenging’ for England
England We are one step away from holding on. Arnold Clark Cup and face Belgium in a winner-takes-all match that will determine which country lifts the trophy. This lioness They avoided a scare in their last game against Italy but Support from Rachel Daly saw them take a 2-1 win and extending their invincibility streak Sarina Wiegman up to 28 games.
Belgium also won their opening two games – both 2-1 against Italy and South Korea – and will want to inflict a defeat against their European Champions. Belgium has to win if they want to lift the Arnold Clark Cup, while the Lionesses can draw with a superior goal difference.
England boss Wiegman has been vocal about using these three games as: an opportunity to prepare for this summer’s World Cup and looking at the players on the edge of the team. After making nine substitutions against Italy, the question now is whether Wiegman will return to an almost full-strength roster or continue the rotation and let the team players compete in tonight’s critical match.
Follow all the action as the Lionesses face off against Belgium for the Arnold Clark Cup:
England – Belgium
The England team arrives at Ashton Gate tonight, where all tickets are sold out.
Jamie BraidwoodFebruary 22, 2023 18:36
England – Belgium
Rachel Daly was adamant she could “play anywhere” for England after another impressive pick for the permanent number nine role in the Lionesses’ 2-1 win over Italy in the Arnold Clark Cup.
England extended Daly’s undefeated streak to 28 games by scoring headers in both halves for the host, who beat South Korea 4-0 at the opening of the tournament.
Daly plays at the Aston Villa front and is the co-leading striker of the Women’s Super League alongside Manchester City’s Bunny Shaw and has scored 10 goals so far this season, but has worked as a left-back throughout the Lionesses’ Euro 2022 winning campaign.
“I will always say that I will play anywhere,” Daly told ITV. “I’m happy to score, but winning the game was on the forefront of my mind and that’s what we had to do and we did it, we did it and the team played great today.
“I think I’m pretty good in the air. It probably helps when I play different positions everywhere. Right place, right time, second ball for Lauren James and first ball for Robbo (Katie Robinson). I’m here to score when I’m up front, we got the win and this is the most important thing.
“That’s what comes with the depth we have on this roster. We have incredible players on this team, and each and every one of them can play at any time, and you saw that tonight.
“There were some great performances, there’s a lot to come. It keeps us on our toes. but the competition is so healthy and we all succeed in it and we want this challenge.
Jamie BraidwoodFebruary 22, 2023 18:34
England – Belgium
Sarina Wiegman, the Lionesses manager, says she doesn’t know what her top 11 is as she prepares to make more changes against Belgium tonight.
Wiegman has rotated his team throughout the Arnold Clark Cup so far, and before tonight’s game he said: “This shows that the team is really good and it’s hard to decide.
“We don’t really know the strongest 11 right now but we don’t need to know yet.
“I think the depth in the team has increased. What you see now is that it’s really hard to decide. We have a big enough group to play that scene.
“We have more than 11 players on the team that can start. It’s not because they weren’t good enough to start, it’s just the technical choices we made.
“We don’t have to make this decision now. But it’s actually really exciting.
Jamie BraidwoodFebruary 22, 2023 18:21
England vs Belgium: Early team news
Kiera Walsh’s return to the England squad against Italy means neither side has any injury concerns in Wednesday’s match.
Both sides were heavily rotated throughout the tournament, but they may choose to show their strongest side for this tournament-defining match.
England: Earps; Bronze, Bright, Williamson, Greenwood; Stanway, Walsh; James, Toone, Kelly; Russo
Belgium: Evrard; Cayman, Kees, De Neve, Meersman; De Caigny, Detruyer, Vanhaevermaet, Biesmans, Dhont; wullaert
Jamie BraidwoodFebruary 22, 2023 18:17
When is England v Belgium?
The match will kick off at Ashton Gate on Wednesday, February 22 at 19:45 GMT.
It will be broadcast live on ITV 4 screens, which will start at 19.00. It will also be available to watch online on the ITV X platform.
Jamie BraidwoodFebruary 22, 2023 18:16
Hello and welcome to the live friendly match between England and Belgium, the final and decisive match of the Arnold Clark Cup. England are one step away from holding the Arnold Clark Cup and take on Belgium in a winner-takes-all match that will determine which country lifts the trophy. The Lionesses avoided a scare in their last game against Italy, but support from Rachel Daly saw them take a 2-1 win and extend their undefeated streak to 28 games under Sarina Wiegman.
Belgium also won their opening two games – both 2-1 against Italy and South Korea – and will want to inflict a defeat against their European Champions. The question now is whether Wiegman will return to an almost full-strength line-up or continue the rotation and let the team players compete on tonight’s critical outing.
Follow all the action as the Lionesses face off against Belgium for the Arnold Clark Cup
Jamie BraidwoodFebruary 22, 2023 18:15