Sarina Wiegma wants England Women to remain grounded after win over Netherlands


Sarina Wiegman vowed England Girls would “keep grounded” once they thumped reigning champions the Netherlands 5-1 of their penultimate warm-up fit forward of subsequent month’s house Ecu Championship.

The Lionesses got here from at the back of to say the crowd pleasing victory at Elland Highway, their eleventh win in 13 fits unbeaten below Wiegman.

The Dutchwoman, who guided the Netherlands to Euro 2017 glory and the 2019 International Cup ultimate previous to turning into England boss final September, mentioned when requested about her aspect being spoken about as favourites to boost the trophy this summer season: “I believe there are lots of favourites for this event and we're considered one of them.

“However we all know the place we wish to cross to and we stick with our technique and plans, and whether or not we might lose or win now, we’re now not going to hastily take a seat, we name it, on a crimson cloud. We keep grounded.

“Even supposing we had misplaced these days, then nonetheless we all know what we will support, what we do neatly, and we wish to take the next move in our taste of play.

“After all, the expectancy will cross upper, however now it’s a second. I believe we’re in a just right position, however we nonetheless wish to support a few issues, and we all know that.”

After the primary part had observed Lucy Bronze cancel out Lieke Martens’ opener, England had a let-off seven mins into the second one part when Sherida Spitse, on her 2 hundredth Netherlands look, struck a penalty off a publish and broad.

It offers self belief as a result of we all know we've numerous intensity in our group, numerous high quality. I've a difficult option to make for the primary XI

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A minute later, Beth Mead put the hosts forward with a close-range end, fellow change Ella Toone and Lauren Hemp then added efforts within the 72nd and 74th mins, and Mead therefore netted her 2d overdue directly to wrap issues up.

Wiegman mentioned: “I believed it was once an excellent fit. We had a difficult time the primary part, I believe the Netherlands did really well and we didn’t play to our strengths, we have been suffering, and I believe we performed an excellent 2d part.

“It offers self belief as a result of we all know we've numerous intensity in our group, numerous high quality. I've a difficult option to make for the primary XI.

“It was once for us a just right studying second (within the first part), that we have been at the back of. We haven’t been at the back of since I got here in, so it was once just right to peer the response of the group. Even if we have been suffering, we have been on it and in a position to convey the sport to the extent that we must be capable of play.”

Beth Mead (left) celebrates her 2d objective of the night time (Nick Potts/PA)

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England play the general in their 3 warm-up fixtures towards Switzerland in Zurich subsequent week earlier than taking up Austria at Outdated Trafford within the opening fit of the Euros on July 6.

After final week’s 3-0 victory over Belgium at Molineux, Wiegman had mentioned that “extra ruthlessness” could be required on the summer season’s event.

Requested how she felt concerning the ruthlessness towards the Netherlands, Wiegman mentioned: “More than happy.

“We've got been speaking about we should be extra ruthless, however I believe this night, we scored the targets, we have been in reality on it, and that’s in reality great to peer.”

Wiegman’s successor as Netherlands boss, Englishman Mark Parsons, expressed his view that England have been Euros favourites, and likewise mentioned he had “let down” his group in the second one part.

Mark Parsons felt he had let his aspect down (PA)

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Parsons mentioned: “When the (ultimate) whistle went, I knew I used to be going to be analysing a shorter recreation, with 60 mins.

“There could be no level in taking a look any more as a result of I allow them to down. At that time the organisation must had been so much more secure, extra defensive, for the reason that legs had long past and England have been simply getting more energizing and more energizing with their adjustments, with the house crowd.

“I believe England can be favourites within the Euros, the place they’re at, the standard of gamers, the house crowd, the assets that the WSL had been setting up, the paintings the golf equipment had been doing. You upload all that up and it’s very arduous to peer that they’re now not favourites.”