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“Australia v England semi-final bigger than I imagined”, admits Sarina Wiegman

England manager Sarina Wiegman admits she was unaware of the perennial rivalry between England and Australia ahead of their World Cup semi-final clash.

England beat Colombia with two goals on Saturday to reach the Women’s World Cup semi-finals. They will face co-hosts Australia in the last four round on Wednesday.

After the match, Sarina Wiegman admitted the rivalry between England and Australia teams is bigger than she imagined.

“I just think it is going to be really big, but I’ve had a couple of questions about that now so it’s probably going to be bigger than I imagined now.

“So I’ll talk to my players and staff and see what that rivalry is then. I think the Australians and English can get along really well, and we’ve had such a warm welcome here, we’ve really enjoyed our time here in Australia, and I actually really like the people here.

“But that doesn’t mean there’s no rivalry, so we’ll see that Wednesday.”

Australia beat France 7-6 on penalties to advance to the final four for the first time. They also ended England’s two-year unbeaten run in April.

The Lionesses forward, Bethany England, believes Colombia with their passionate fans was a perfect opponent for them before Wednesday’s semi-final clash.

England said: “I think the atmosphere is going to be amazing. I thought the crowd tonight was incredible. Every time we touched the ball they were booing but I think you just relish it because these are the atmosphere you want from stadiums. 75,000 and the Australian fans are going to bring a nice big bit of noise through. It’s going to be interesting and entertaining for everyone.

“We’ve been in this situation where we’ve had a lot of noise. The Euros last year at Old Trafford, Wembley. It’s nothing these girls aren’t used to now. We are getting in more and more in the women’s game. Selling out, getting big crowds and not being able to think. So it’s just going to be an exciting game and a special one.”

Sam Barton
Sam Barton
Sam Barton fell in love with football during the 98 World Cup and has been fascinated by it ever since. The tactical side of the game is what truly inspires him to think, read and write about football, making him the ideal football writer.
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