Northern Ireland Women vs England Women: Lionesses take on Northern Ireland in final Group A game at Women’s Euros 2022 | Football News


Sarina Wiegman says rotation is unlikely as England face British rivals Northern Eire within the closing Group A match at Euro 2022 on Friday, whereas Kenny Shiels desires his facet depart the match on a ‘feel-good observe’.

Wiegman’s group head into Friday evening’s concluding Group A tie buoyed by an 8-0 demolition of Norway, which sealed prime spot and a spot within the knockout levels.

Euro debutants Northern Eire, who can’t high quality for the quarter-finals, have misplaced all eight of their earlier conferences with the Lionesses, being outscored 44-2 within the course of.

Wiegman: Rotation unlikely

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England head coach Sarina Wiegman says she will not be meaning to make many adjustments to the squad for Friday’s sport in opposition to Northern Eire

There was dialogue forward of Friday’s sport at St Mary’s over whether or not Wiegman will take the possibility to play a few of the different gamers in her squad, with England’s path to the knockout rounds already secured.

When requested concerning the chance at her press convention, she stated: “I imagine in rhythm – when you’ve got 9 days in between the Norway sport and the quarter-finals, it is too lengthy.

“You want extra rhythm. I do not anticipate numerous rotation. Throughout the sport in all probability, however not earlier than the beginning.

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“She’s doing properly, she’s constructing as much as the following sport. Everybody else is match. We made a plan, for Demi, in the direction of subsequent Wednesday.

“She’s on the right track for that [the quarter-final. Tomorrow we’ll make the next step.”

“I understand [that players want to play]. We have now 23 gamers and solely 11 can begin. We’ll do what we imagine in, when it comes to giving us one of the best likelihood to win the following sport.

“In fact, some gamers will probably be dissatisfied. However we preserve speaking, we preserve being clear on what we’re doing and why we do it. Generally you might be dissatisfied, that is comprehensible. In case you would not be desperate to play, then the participant would not be within the squad.

“It [players getting injured] is at all times the case, at all times issues can occur on the degree we play. We simply need to play an excellent sport.

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“If we’re targeted, concentrated, we are going to in all probability be lots in possession and preserve the ball going and be composed. That is what we have now to do and play the sport.

“At this degree, you at all times search for the sting and issues can occur. We do not hope that, however the precedence is to maintain rhythm, keep linked, talk on and off the pitch, play an excellent sport after which prepare for the following one.”

Will probably be the third time Wiegman has confronted Northern Eire in her brief time with England, however she has been impressed by how they’ve acquitted themselves at Euro 2022.

Northern Ireland's Simone Magill battles with England's Lauren Hemp during their World Cup qualifier
England have crushed Northern Eire twice in World Cup qualifiers

She added: “We have performed them twice already final season. I feel for them, it is actually good that they’ve had their first match. For the event of gamers, you want tournaments to grow to be higher and know what to anticipate subsequent time.

“We are able to see they’re attempting to develop their model of play and I am completely certain they may try to have a aggressive sport tomorrow and make greatest out of it. That is what we need to do too.

“I do not know what number of Northern Eire individuals will probably be right here. Will probably be full and what we need to do is play an excellent sport, win, preserve a clear sheet and that we give the individuals which might be right here a really good night.”

Shiels: We do not need to depart something behind

Northern Ireland manager Kenny Shiels' after his side lost 2-0 to Austria
Northern Eire supervisor Kenny Shiels desires his facet to exit on a excessive

Kenny Shiels revealed the change in his Northern Eire facet since they face England in a pleasant at St George’s Park in February 2021.

He stated: “It is essential that we do not get overawed. We took them on in a pleasant at St George’s Park, and the [England] women had been signing autographs after the match.

“The women had been queued up exterior altering room and exhibits you the esteem through which England are held, by our nation as properly and the way good they’re would not assist as a result of we have now to strive take a look at, not simply realistically, however we have now to have a goal and attempt to win.

“The women did admit afterwards they had been overawed by that event. However the pleasant helped us to arrange for going to Ukraine.

Julie Nelson nodded in Northern Ireland's first ever goal at a major tournament
Julie Nelson nodded in Northern Eire’s first aim at a serious match

“It was such a troublesome sport and we learnt a lot about ourselves then, and we’re studying now, with the expertise of dropping each video games [in World Cup qualifying] is nice for the long run in how we be taught for the long run and from our errors.

“With the stature of England, we have got to try to eradicate that from our ideas and play the group quite than the event.

“It is a huge event for our women to play in entrance of a full home like this. We need to do our greatest and if we are able to, we will not have any complaints. We do not need to depart something behind.

“Will probably be fruits of our journey on the Euros, we are going to need to depart on a feel-good observe and we will definitely be attempting to do this.”

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Angela Platt, the IFA director of ladies’s soccer, says Northern Eire’s opening sport in opposition to Norway on the Girls’s Euros is an historic second and has helped change the panorama of the ladies’s sport within the nation

When requested if Northern Eire needed to carry England ‘again right down to earth’ after their 8-0 win in opposition to Norway, captain Marissa Callaghan stated: “In fact. We have performed them twice beforehand and we gave an excellent account of ourselves.

“We had been exhausting to beat and that was an enormous factor for us. We caught to our sport plan and did it properly. Their bench is simply nearly as good as their beginning XI, so it is going to be very tough. Hopefully we are able to exit and provides it an excellent go, that is the plan. We have to exit and provides it our all.”

Shiels added: “All we need to do is take a look at ourselves and the way we are able to have an effect. Our journey is about attempt to enhance what we have now, creating gamers.

“It is essential that everyone learns and positive factors that knowledge from being right here. That is our utmost preparation is to get some expertise for the women and to enhance for subsequent match.”

Evaluation: White closes in on file

Ellen White
Ellen White is closing in on the all-time England scoring file for each males’s and girls’s sides

Sky Sports activities’ Laura Hunter:

“It isn’t my precedence,” Ellen White replied when requested concerning the prospect of changing into England’s all-time main goalscorer within the aftermath of Monday’s 8-0 victory over Norway – a scoreline which itself has been written into continental historical past books.

The striker moved inside one aim of Wayne Rooney’s England aim tally, having netted a powerful double, however was unmoved by strategies she’s going to quickly surpass the previous Man United participant’s complete (53).

Sarina Wiegman on whether or not Ellen White must be in comparison with Wayne Rooney

“Everybody can have opinion. What she has finished is wonderful, it’s actually good that the participant she is, individual she is, she has an essential function. What she has achieved on and off pitch is admittedly nice. She is efficacious to this group.”

The reason being not as a result of White doesn’t care about goalscoring exploits in an England shirt, fairly the other. She desires to play properly for the collective good, greater than chasing down particular person plaudits – though, arguably, the 2 go hand in hand.

She’s unfazed by potential record-breaking however quite desires to be the driving drive behind the Lionesses’ collaborative curiosity in European silverware this summer time. Naturally, she has a giant half to play, not least as a result of she is considered one of a handful of gamers in Sarina Wiegman’s squad with main match nous – she is now England Girls’s tenth most capped participant (109), eight behind the distinguished Kelly Smith.

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As a substitute of pursuing particular person glory, White’s precedence is contributing to a unified group effort. She’s notably modest when discussing her personal achievements, that are rightly being likened to many former and present England greats, based mostly solely on advantage.

Akin to her unassuming manner off the pitch, her selfless conduct on it’s benefitting Weigman’s facet significantly. Her method to the No 9 title function is considerably much like that of Harry Kane. Sure, she offers objectives, however she additionally has a perceptive understanding of what the group wants in essential moments. Each transfer is deliberate, like a chess grandmaster.

At 0-0 in opposition to Norway, having received a penalty with some intelligent trickery to attract a foul from defender Maria Thorisdottir, she handed the ball to Georgia Stanway to transform the spot-kick.

For England’s second, White’s motion and presence disturbed Maren Mjelde sufficient that she took her eye off Lauren Hemp, who stole in on the again submit to show the ball dwelling from three yards.

Ellen White celebrates scoring her sides sixth goal with teammate Beth Mead
Ellen White celebrates scoring England’s sixth aim with teammate Beth Mead

The Man Metropolis ahead then created and despatched England’s third herself, using a dogged press to dispossess Thorisdottir earlier than ruthlessly discovering the underside nook – the remainder is historical past.

She celebrates each aim prefer it’s her first as a result of, in her personal phrases, she “loves taking part in for England”. It goes with out saying that we’re prone to see the 33-year-old’s trademark ‘goggles’ celebration on many extra events earlier than she calls time on her illustrious worldwide profession, however her general devotion to group success shouldn’t be underestimated.

A consummate skilled who deserves to be celebrated as an inclusive a part of England’s corridor of fame, alongside Rooney, Smith, Kane and lots of extra.

Follow Euro 2022 across Sky Sports

Sustain with all the newest from Euro 2022 throughout Sky Sports activities and Sky Sports activities Information this summer time.

Protection will probably be anchored by Sky Sports activities WSL presenter Caroline Barker, alongside Jessica Creighton and Kyle Walker. In the meantime, Karen Carney, Sue Smith, Courtney Sweetman-Kirk and Laura Bassett will give evaluation all through the match.

They may even be joined by skilled England goalkeeper Karen Bardsley and Manchester Metropolis defender Esme Morgan.

The pundits and presenters will work from the Sky Sports activities Girls’s Euro 2022 Cellular Presentation Bus, which can comply with the Sky Sports activities Information group across the nation to the assorted stadiums the place matches are being performed.

As well as, Sky Sports activities’ Important Soccer Podcast will probably be rebranded for the match to Sky Sports activities Girls’s Euros Podcast from 21 June. Hosted by Charlotte Marsh and Anton Toloui, it would function unique information and participant interviews along with a robust programme line-up across the match.

Euro 2022: The groups…

Group A: England, Austria, Norway, Northern Eire

Group B: Germany, Denmark, Spain, Finland

Group C: Netherlands, Sweden, Portugal, Switzerland

Group D: France, Italy, Belgium, Iceland

Euro 2022: The schedule…

Group stage

Wednesday July 6

Group A: England 1-0 Austria

Thursday July 7

Group A: Norway 4-1 Northern Ireland

Friday July 8

Group B: Spain 4-1 Finland

Group B: Germany 4-0 Denmark

Saturday July 9

Group C: Portugal 2-2 Switzerland

Group C: Netherlands 1-1 Sweden

Sunday July 10

Group D: Belgium 1-1 Iceland

Group D: France 5-1 Italy

Monday July 11

Group A: Austria 2-0 Northern Ireland

Group A: England 8-0 Norway

Tuesday July 12

Group B: Denmark 1-0 Finland

Group B: Germany 2-0 Spain

Wednesday July 13

Group C: Sweden 2-1 Switzerland

Group C: Netherlands 3-2 Portugal

Thursday July 14

Group D: Italy 1-1 Iceland

Group D: France vs Belgium – kick-off 8pm, New York Stadium

Friday July 15

Group A: Northern Eire v England – kick-off 8pm, St Mary’s

Group A: Austria vs Norway – kick-off 8pm, Brighton and Hove Neighborhood Stadium

Saturday July 16

Group B: Finland vs Germany – kick-off 8pm, Stadium MK

Group B: Denmark vs Spain – kick-off 8pm, London Neighborhood Stadium

Sunday July 17

Group C: Switzerland vs Netherlands – kick-off 5pm, Bramall Lane

Group C: Sweden vs Portugal – kick-off 5pm, Leigh Sports activities Village

Monday July 18

Group D: Iceland vs France – kick-off 8pm, New York Stadium

Group D: Italy vs Belgium – kick-off 8pm, Manchester Metropolis Academy Stadium

Knockout section


Wednesday July 20

Quarter-final 1: Winners Group A v Runners-up Group B – kick-off 8pm, Brighton and Hove Neighborhood Stadium

Thursday July 21

Quarter-final 2: Winners Group B v Runners-up Group A – kick-off 8pm, London Neighborhood Stadium

Friday July 22

Quarter-final 3: Winners Group C v Runners-up Group D – kick-off 8pm, Leigh Sports activities Village

Quarter-final 4: Winners Group D v Runners-up Group C – kick-off 8pm, New York Stadium


Tuesday July 26

Semi-final 1: Winners quarter-final 1 v Winners quarter-final 3 – kick-off 8pm, Bramall Lane

Wednesday July 27

Semi-final 2: Winners quarter-final 2 v Winners quarter-final 4 – kick-off 8pm, Stadium MK


Sunday July 31

Winners semi-final 1 v Winners semi-final 2 – kick-off 5pm, Wembley

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