England’s clash with Luxembourg will be a celebratory occasion

England’s clash with Luxembourg will be a celebratory occasion

England’s clash with Luxembourg will be a celebratory occasion

England manager Sarina Wiegman is confident Tuesday’s match against Luxembourg will be a celebratory occasion and stressed that she expects to see her side deliver a merciless performance.

The sold out match at the bet365 Stadium in Stoke will be the Lionesses’ first home game since winning the European Championships at Wembley in July.

She concludes the matches of the qualifying round for the World Cup, three days after securing a place in next summer’s tournament in Australia and New Zealand thanks to a 2-0 away victory over Austria.

England's game against Luxembourg is the first home game since winning the European Championships (Danny Lawson / PA).

England’s match against Luxembourg is their first home game since winning the European Championships (Danny Lawson / PA)

England have scored 70 goals and conceded none in their nine Group D wins, which included a 10-0 win in September’s first leg against Luxembourg, 117th in the world rankings.

Told her Tuesday would feel like some sort of celebration, Wiegman said at a press conference: “I think so. It is really exciting. The support from the fans was great at the European Championships, but now they keep coming.

“Tomorrow there will be 30,000 to see us, so we really want to show our game again and have a little party.”

Regarding what England will produce in the evening, he added: “This team is so keen to do well. I am expecting once again a very energetic team who really want to show and score a lot of goals and obviously not concede any.

“Tomorrow we want to be in possession as much as possible because their level compared to ours is a big difference, so we should show that I think. And then, of course, we want to create many chances and score many goals. We want to win this match and we want to get a good victory. “

England recorded their biggest competitive win by beating Latvia 20-0 in Doncaster last November.

When asked if she would like to see things change in the future, so there have been fewer matches with teams like Luxembourg, Wiegman said: “We’ve talked about it (before) of course – I think we need to make changes if it’s better for. women’s game development.

“I think sometimes a higher score is okay, but when it’s all the time, you have to ask yourself: is it okay for the team that loses so much and for the team that wins so much? And it’s not an exception but it’s more of a rule and so you might want to make some changes for the benefit of the game in both countries.

“I think the discussion has been going on for a while, including UEFA and FIFA, so we’ll see where it takes us.”

Wiegman, whose entire 23-player squad took part in training on Monday, said she “might expect some changes” regarding her selection for Tuesday’s match.

The manager was joined at the press conference by Keira Walsh, who could win his 50th appearance for England in the match.

Keira Walsh (left) could win her 50th England appearance on Tuesday (Mike Egerton / PA).

Keira Walsh (left) could win her 50th England appearance on Tuesday (Mike Egerton / PA)

The Manchester City midfielder was a star of the England European Championships and said: “I think the first thing I found under Sarina is some consistency. I think I struggled with that a little bit before she walked in.

“I think he just gave me the confidence to go play my game. I think it’s just about continuing this coherence now and the form I found at the European Championships, I think my personal goal is to continue to carry it forward. “

Walsh, who has been linked to Barcelona, ​​also declined to talk about the club’s issues when asked about his future, saying “My focus is on England right now.”

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