Sarina Wiegman: England manager thinks country will be proud of record Euros performance

Sarina Wiegman: England manager thinks country will be proud of record Euros performance

Sarina Wiegman was pleased with both the result and the effort of her England team, who thrashed two-time European champions Norway 8-0 on Monday night, but she was quick to keep her teammates grounded.

She admitted rewriting the record books with the European championship’s biggest victory was not necessarily top of her priority list, but was nevertheless delighted with how one-sided the Norway contest was as England booked their place in the knockout rounds as Group A winners.

The sweep extends Wiegman’s record as England manager, with the Lionesses only failing to score once in 16 unbeaten games under her watch.

When asked what pleased her most, she replied: “The great win. But also the way we played and kept playing the way we did in the second half, we were already up 6-0 but we still kept the ball going. I did not expect to win 8-0, absolutely not.

“We hope they enjoyed and hope to make the nation proud. We’ve had two games now, we are trying to play our best game and today we did.

“They changed their shape, but we had an answer for that too. I’m really happy with the performance of the whole team and happy to go into the next round.

“We were 2-0 up pretty quickly. Then we got momentum so we could play the possession game, but they had a hard time getting pressure on the ball and we just had so much space to score goals. You could really tell that the players enjoyed it, the ones on the pitch and the ones that came on. We saw after the game that the whole team enjoyed it. It was very nice and we will stay grounded.”

Beth Mead’s hat-trick powered England’s ruthless goalscoring display, while Ellen White also registered two goals on a night where England’s margin of victory was written into continental history. No team – men or women – had previously scored seven goals at a European championship finals.

Speaking on Mead’s contribution, having scored 18 times in 16 appearances under Wiegman, the manager added: “She shoots the ball between the posts and bar and does really well! “We create chances and sometimes we want to be more ruthless, but Beth is really eager in front of goal. She has done really well. She’s had a good season with Arsenal too and she keeps having the form. It’s really nice.”

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