Sarina Wiegman impressed by Lionesses’ work ethic ahead of first game in charge


ngland Women’s boss Sarina Wiegman has revealed she had to tell her players to calm down in training as the Lionesses set about impressing the Dutch coach.

Ahead of her first game in charge in tonight’s World Cup qualifier against North Macedonia at Southampton’s St Mary’s Stadium, Wiegman said she had to step in during training this week.

“I’ve seen many things,” she said. “First of all, an enormous, great work ethic.

“I’m very excited I can work with the team, but they work so hard, sometimes we have to ask just to slow down a little bit.

“There’s very much quality. We had some principles we brought in, and they are just going for it and they really want to do very well.”

Wiegman, who led the Netherlands to Euro 2017 success, was appointed Phil Neville’s successor last year, but only took up her new role this month.

“What I know is we have a very good team, that the players are very willing to become better, to work together, very eager to learn,” she added. “The ingredients are here to perform really well.”

“We want a good win, scoring a lot of goals and conceding none. We want to show how good we are and make the English crowd proud of us.”

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