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Sarina Wiegman ‘pleased’ with England’s 5-1 thrashing of Italy

Sarina Wiegman expressed satisfaction with England’s recent journey, citing “many positives” as the team wrapped up their set of friendlies in southern Spain with a 5-1 triumph over Italy.

Following their 7-2 victory over Austria at the Estadio Nuevo Mirador in Algeciras just four days prior, the Lionesses continued their dominance with another resounding win at the same venue. Lotte Wubben-Moy opened the scoring with her first international goal within the first minute of the match.

Lauren Hemp contributed two goals to extend England’s lead, with her second goal showcasing an excellent header. Although Michela Cambiaghi managed to pull one back for Italy in stoppage time at the end of the first half, substitutes Ella Toone and Rachel Daly sealed the victory with goals in the second half.

Boss Wiegman told ITV: “I think the whole camp, a lot of things pleased me.

“I think we had the opportunity to play many players…see what the level was, that was exactly what we wanted, see players in some positions and the connections between players, and then the competition.

“And when you have then such good wins as we had tonight and last Friday, that’s really nice too of course.”

Wiegman opens up about the England camp in southern Spain

When asked if the camp had given her the answers she needed ahead of the matches in April, Wiegman said: “You never know, because things in football can change so quickly, but it gave us many answers on questions we had at this moment.

“We could take this opportunity to see so many players and play two very good games, train also, see the under-23s (who joined the senior team on the trip). So just very many positives about this week.”

Wiegman found several positives in the situation despite Leah Williamson withdrawing from her original squad due to injury and Fran Kirby doing so between the two matches. These included 20-year-old Grace Clinton making her debut and scoring in the Austria match, as well as Millie Turner being introduced as a substitute against Italy.

On Arsenal defender Wubben-Moy, Wiegman said: “I think she’s definitely taken a step forward because she’s developing a lot and very good.

“That’s what we see weekly at Arsenal and that’s what she shows here too. What you can (also) see is the competition in the position is just really high.”

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.
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