Euro 2022: Kirsty McGuinness insists Northern Ireland have ‘nothing to lose’ against England

Northern Ireland striker Kirsty McGuinness insists Kenny Shiels’ side remain calm as they take on England in their final Euro 2022 game on Friday.

England have already qualified for the knockout stage as Group A winners after beating Norway 8-0 in their second game on Monday.

Northern Ireland are eliminated from their first major tournament after back-to-back 4-1 and 2-0 defeats by Norway and Austria respectively.

Asked if facing Sarina Weigman’s in-form side was a “scary prospect”, McGuinness said: “Of course yes, but we’ve played these teams before.

“I think everyone is shocked by the result of (Norway) but we just want to go out there and give it our all.

“We have nothing to lose. We came here and gave everything and we will do the same for the last game.

“We know how big the England team is and how good they are, but we just want to go out and play and hopefully get some points.”

The Shiels players dropped to their knees at the final whistle against Austria at St Mary’s on Monday, but McGuinness says they have more to give against England at the same venue on Friday.

“We saw the game (England vs Norway) at the hotel, obviously it was a good performance from England but we just want to focus more on ourselves,” said McGuinness.

“It’s our last game here and we just want to go out and leave everything on the pitch, give everything we have and hopefully we can get a good result.”

McGuinness, 27, appeared in both group games alongside teenage sister Caitlin McGuinness, who is also a Cliftonville Ladies teammate.

Both came on as second-half substitutes against Norway and Caitlin, 19, came off the bench against Austria to play alongside Kirsty, who was in the starting XI.

Kirsty McGuinness, left, playing in Northern Ireland’s 5-0 qualifying defeat by England in April (Liam McBurney/PA)

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Kirsty said, “I can’t get rid of her! She is everywhere! It was great for Caitlin as one of the younger players on the squad.

“She was able to go out there and show what she can do and hopefully she gets a lot more minutes in the final game against England.”

Caitlin said she hopes Northern Ireland’s qualification for the tournament will prove to be an inspiration for the next generation of her country.

“There were a lot of young girls at the game (Austria) and a lot of families and they all looked out for us,” Caitlin said.

“They know now that it’s possible to come to big tournaments with Northern Ireland, that should spur them on and make them believe that one day they could be here too.” Euro 2022: Kirsty McGuinness insists Northern Ireland have ‘nothing to lose’ against England

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