England boss Sarina Wiegman After a successful defense of the Arnold Clark Cup was completed by beating Belgium 6-1 at Ashton Gate, he expressed his happiness with the weekly work.
Needing only a draw to defend the trophy after beating South Korea 4-0 last Thursday and then Italy 2-1 on Sunday, Wiegman’s team took the lead with Chloe Kelly’s finish in the 12th minute, just before the break. doubled the advantage with a win. Header from Captain Leah Williamson.
The second half was 50 minutes after Kelly, the scorer of the winner of last summer’s Euro final, goalkeeper Nicky Evrard’s shot for Ella Toone in the 50th minute, Julie Biesmans’ own goal made the score 4-0 and Lucy Bronze and Williamson added in. He saw that he had scored again. Late efforts on both sides of the fine from Belgium replace Elena Dhont.
With preparations underway ahead of the Summer World Cup, he scored 25 wins for the Lionesses under Wiegman, an unbeaten record of 29 games. Australia And New Zeland.
After making nine substitutions for the Dutch woman – Italy match, she chose the almost identical 11 starting against South Korea, the only difference being: Keira Walsh A replacement for Jess Carter said, “Of course, when you enter a tournament, no matter what tournament, you want to win it.
“But before this week I also said that we wanted to try some things, we wanted to see a lot of players, some combinations of players, and we also wanted to manage the load, and that’s exactly what we did.
“I’m happy with this week, with the win, but also with what we’ve done this week and how we’re working together as we take the next steps in preparation for the World Cup.”
Asked if England had been sufficiently tested in the round-robin tournament, where they played the 15th and 20th-placed sides in the world, Wiegman said: “We were tested in some moments.
“I think we’re in a bit better shape now with possession playing against a lower block. I think we’ve won a lot of backs without possession.
“Of course, we hope that in the World Cup we will have a harder time against the top, top nations. These countries we play in right now are just below the top of the world and they are developing a lot. We too. I’m happy with the level we’re at right now and of course we need to improve and that’s what we really want.”
Wiegman said on Tuesday he “doesn’t really know” about his strongest starting line-up ever, and when asked if he was any closer to that, “Honestly in some positions, it’s pretty much if those players stay.” Because they have performed so well, their chances of not being selected for the starting 11 are not that high.
“But some of the positions I really don’t know yet, and I don’t have to.
World 20th ranked Belgium, Euro 2022 quarter-finalist who failed to qualify for the upcoming World Cup, previously beat both Italy and South Korea 2-1 to finish second in the Arnold Clark Cup final table with six points.
Boss Ives Serneels said of Wednesday’s competition: “It was a tough match. We knew before the match that it would be a difficult match without looking for excuses.
“You are playing against the team that won the European Championship. I think any member of the England team can be in the top three in the standings for any position. We also had some injuries after the first game.
“We were hoping we could do that with the best team we could put on the pitch and it was tough. England deserved it.”