Sarina Wiegman admitted she didn’t think England’s World Cup qualifying campaign “could be much better” after they achieved a clean win in Group D with a 10-0 win over Luxembourg at Stoke.
The Lionesses’ near-total command of the ball produced five goals in each half at the bet365 Stadium, including a brace before the break for Georgia Stanway, one of which was a penalty to score the first goal and another for substitute Beth England second Half.
Alessia Russo, Rachel Daly, Beth Mead, Nikita Parris, Ella Toone, also with a penalty, and substitute Lauren Hemp were the other scorers in that first home game since England won the Euro, which had already secured a place at the World Cup next year in Australia and New Zealand by beating Austria 2-0 away three days earlier.
They finish Group D with their 10 wins from as many games, with a total of 80 goals scored without conceding.
Boss Wiegman, whose team had also beaten world no be much better, so really happy.
“And I think this camp after the European Championship always seems difficult, but I think the team did a great job after the summer.
“Everyone came in very differently, then you play two games like this and of course we knew we were so much better than Luxembourg tonight, but still we had to pace the game, keep the energy in the game.
“That’s what we really wanted to do, and I think we did for most parts of the game. And a 10-0 is really nice to go home with.”
With World Cup qualification already assured, Wiegman opted to make just three changes to their starting line-up as a crowd of 24,174 tuned in for the European champions’ homecoming.
Asked about that decision, she said: “You think about the performance, how the players come in, you also think about what’s next.
“And people also come to the stadium to see the England team, which they have seen many times. So we balance with all those things and then we put out that starting line-up and we made early substitutions so a lot of players had a chance to play.”
Keira Walsh was among the starters, winning her 50th cap as the Manchester City midfielder remained linked with Barcelona.
When asked how difficult it is for a player with speculation like this to prepare for a match, Wiegman said, “I think you should ask her.
“We focused on the English team and I think you could see that on the pitch because they were totally focused and played two very good games. I think she showed that she is here, fully focused on England and doing a good job.”
England next have a very different task of a friendly against the world champions, the United States, at Wembley on October 7 and it was announced at half-time that they would then play at Brighton’s Amex – the site of the Round of 16 – against the Czech Republic will compete. 0 win over Norway and the quarter-final win over Spain during the European Championship – four days later.
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/beth-england-luxembourg-ella-toone-rachel-daly-lauren-hemp-b2161340.html Sarina Wiegman praises perfect qualification as England win 10-0