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Sarina Wiegman Embraces Lionesses’ Expectations Ahead of Women’s World Cup Opener – Pressure on England

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In anticipation of England’s Women’s World Cup opener against Haiti, manager Sarina Wiegman confidently addresses the pressure and expectations on the Lionesses. As the reigning European champions and ranked as the No. 4 team in the world, England enters the tournament as one of the title contenders.

“The pressure is always on England,” Wiegman asserts during a press conference. “It’s no different, so we’ll just play our game and focus on how we can win. That’s what we do all the time.”

With the excitement surrounding the team’s recent success at the Euros, hopes for England’s first-ever World Cup title are higher than ever. However, Wiegman emphasizes that great expectations are not unfamiliar territory for the squad.

“We’ve had preparation camps and tried many things to ensure everyone is ready for tomorrow,” Wiegman shares. “We have all positions double covered, presenting the technical team with some real headaches.”

While the manager remains tight-lipped about specific tactics, she applauds the competitiveness within the squad, urging players to keep challenging the coaching staff with their performances.

Ahead of their first encounter against Haiti, a team ranked 49 places below them and participating in their inaugural World Cup, Wiegman dismisses any complacency in their preparations. Thorough analysis of the opponents has been conducted, leaving no stone unturned.

“We have a whole team behind us to analyze our opponents. I believe we know everything we need to know about them,” she affirms. “We are very well prepared, and we’ve highlighted every player from their squad, including some of their key players.”

Adding to the positive news, England fans can celebrate the return to fitness of defender Millie Bright, who will captain the team in the upcoming tournament. Bright’s resilience and determination have paved her way back to the pitch, despite facing challenges from injuries.

Reflecting on her recovery journey, Bright shares, “I just went day by day because it’s important to be in the moment. By doing that, I removed the pressure of needing to be fit. I knew I had to give my all for the team and myself to regain fitness.”

While the Lionesses are missing players like captain Leah Williamson due to injury, Bright maintains a strong team spirit, acknowledging the depth and talent within the squad.

“Everything remains the same; we’re always prepared for different scenarios,” Bright reassures. “We have an unbelievably talented squad with players who are ready to step up. The process remains consistent, and our focus is on playing as a collective, showcasing what England is all about.”

England’s Women’s World Cup journey commences against Haiti, and with Sarina Wiegman’s astute management and Millie Bright’s inspirational leadership, the Lionesses aim to conquer new heights in Australia and New Zealand.

Jon Fisher
Jon Fisher
Jon has over 20 years' experience in sports journalism having worked at the Press Association, Goal and Stats Perform, covering three World Cups, an Olympics and numerous other major sporting events.

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