Sarina Wiegman hails the perfect qualifying campaign as England finish with a 10-0 win

Sarina Wiegman hails the perfect qualifying campaign as England finish with a 10-0 win

Sarina Wiegman hails the perfect qualifying campaign as England finish with a 10-0 win

Sarina Wiegman admitted she didn’t think England’s World Cup qualifying campaign “could be much better” after completing a clean sweep of Group D wins with a 10-0 win against Luxembourg at Stoke.

The Lionesses’ near-total dominance of the ball resulted in five goals in each half at the bet365 stadium, including a brace before half-time for Georgia Stanway, one of which was a penalty to open the scoring, and another for substitute Beth England. in the second half.

Alessia Russo, Rachel Daly, Beth Mead, Nikita Parris, Ella Toone, also on a penalty kick, and substitute Lauren Hemp were the other scorers in what was the first home game since winning the European Championships for the England, who had already secured a spot at next year’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand thanks to a 2-0 away win over Austria three days earlier.

They close Group D with their 10 wins out of as many games, scoring a total of 80 goals scored, none conceded.

Boss Wiegman, whose team had also beaten Luxembourg 117 on the road to world-class 117 and scored five double-digits in group matches, including a 20-0 win over Latvia, said of the campaign: “I don’t think so. which could be much better than that, so really happy.

“And I think this retirement after the European Championships always seems difficult, but I think the team has done an extraordinary job after the summer.

“Everyone arrived very differently, then you play two games like this, and of course tonight we knew we were much better than Luxembourg, but we still had to keep the pace of the game, keep the energy in the game.

Beth England, left, and Beth Mead celebrate England's sixth goal

Beth England, left, and Beth Mead celebrate England’s sixth goal (Martin Rickett / PA)

“This is what we really wanted to do, and I think that’s what we did in most parts of the game. And a 10-0 is really nice to take home ”.

Although World Cup qualification had already been secured, Wiegman decided to make only three changes to his starting line-up as a crowd of 24,174 turned up for the European champions’ return home.

When asked about this decision, he said: “You are thinking about performing, how the players come in, you are also thinking about what will happen next.

And people also come to the stadium to see England which has seen a lot. So we’re balancing with all of these things, and then we came out with this starting line-up and made the first substitutes so that many players had the opportunity to play. “

Keira Walsh was among the starters, winning her 50th appearance as the Manchester City midfielder continued to be tied to Barcelona.

Asked how difficult it is for a player with such speculation about preparing for a match, Wiegman said: “I think you should ask him.

“We focused on England and I think you can see that on the pitch too, because they were very focused and played two very good games. I think she has shown that she is here, all focused on England and doing a good job. “

England have a very different assignment of a friendly match against the United States World Champions at Wembley on 7 October, and it was announced at half-time that they will then face the Czech Republic at Brighton’s Amex Stadium. ‘8-0 defeat of Norway and a quarter-final victory over Spain during the European Championship – four days later.

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