August 18, 2022

England have nearly booked their place on the 2023 Girls’s World Cup after a 5-0 victory over Northern Eire.

Sarina Wiegman and her employees can’t fairly ebook their flights to Australia and New Zealand but, however they may begin motels.

Their place at subsequent yr’s event might be confirmed in the event that they keep away from defeat to Austria in September however, in actuality, they may afford to lose in Vienna and nonetheless end prime of Group D with a victory over Luxembourg, who’re ranked 116th on the earth.

England ladies beat Northern Eire 5-0 of their World Cup qualifier in Belfast on Tuesday

Lauren Hemp, Ella Toone and Georgia Stanway scored for England on Tuesday evening

Lauren Hemp, Ella Toone and Georgia Stanway scored for England on Tuesday night 

‘The result’s nice. 5-0 I’m actually proud of it,’ Wiegman stated. ‘I assumed it was a mature efficiency from us. I feel we dominated the sport all through the 90 minutes.

‘We hoped to attain slightly extra within the first half and be slightly extra medical, however 4 objectives within the second half was very good.

‘As a group we had been actually good at present. We dominated much more than we did in October. We try to get related on a regular basis with gamers, the competitiveness on this group is so excessive.

‘We now have to be clear that the opponents we’re taking part in in qualification, we don’t anticipate this degree of opponents on the Euros. It’s going to be more durable to attain. We’re conscious, we’re grounded, that the extent [of opponent] is slightly decrease.’

Sarina Wiegman's (left) side have now scored 68 goals in their last eight qualifiers

Sarina Wiegman’s (left) aspect have now scored 68 objectives of their final eight qualifiers

Northern Eire boss Kenny Shiels had admitted in his programme notes that his aspect’s possibilities of qualifying for an additional main event had been ‘extraordinarily slim’. They’re now even fainter. Northern Eire are six factors off second place with two video games remaining, which means they want Austria to lose closely in opposition to each England and North Macedonia.

However on Tuesday was about greater than the consequence for this Northern Eire group, who’ve come thus far within the final two years. A crowd of 15,348 watched on at Windsor Park, smashing the earlier attendance file of 4,079.


Northern Eire (4-4-2): Burns, Burrows (McKenna 76), Nelson, McFadden, Vance, Magee (Hamilton 82), Callaghan, Andrews (Caldwell 75), Furness (McCarron 61), Wade (McGuinness 61), Magill

Subs not used: Flaherty, Holloway, Finnegan, Bell, Wilson. Beattie

Booked: None

Objectives: None

Supervisor: Kenny Shiels

England (4-3-3): Earps, Bronze, Shiny, Williamson, Carter (Daly 66), Walsh, Stanway (Nobbs 87), Toone, Mead (Parris 71), Hemp, White (England 65)

Subs not used: Hampton, Roebuck, Zelem, George, Stokes, Nobbs, Russo, Charles

Booked: None

Objectives: Hemp 25, 60, Toone 25, Stanway 70, 79

Supervisor: Sarina Wiegman

Referee: Riem Hussein

Attendance: 15,348

It was not way back that Northern Eire had been getting thrashed 8-0 by Switzerland and being held by nations just like the Faroe Islands. And it’s value remembering that almost all of Shiels’ squad nonetheless play within the Irish home league, which doesn’t begin till later this month. The gamers who don’t play for full-time golf equipment exterior of England have been in a coaching camp for the reason that begin of the yr, a transfer the Irish FA hope will assist assist their preparations for the Euros – the place they are going to meet England once more.

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Primarily based on Tuesday night time, it will likely be a tricky ask for the inexperienced and white military to progress from their group, which additionally incorporates Austria and Norway. However Shiels and his gamers know that. They’ve just below 4 months to arrange for these powerful exams, ones they are going to relish.

‘We now have to enhance the sport and the gamers which are with us,’ Shiels stated. ‘That’s our purpose. To get higher. Come July I’m satisfied we’ll be higher then.’

England ought to have gained this by greater than 5 objectives, with the guests taking 24 pictures, with 11 on course. Ellen White had the sport’s first actual likelihood as she was picked out within the field by Georgia Stanway, however the striker might solely ship her header huge of the far publish.

Beth Mead ought to have put the Lionesses forward moments later. A superb group transfer noticed Ella Toone play in Lauren Hemp, who cut-back for Mead on the penalty spot, however her goal-bound effort was fantastically blocked on the road by Sarah McFadden. Lucy Bronze was the subsequent to go shut for the guests, firing huge from simply contained in the field.

England’s stress lastly instructed when Hemp broke the impasse within the twenty fifth minute. The winger met Toone’s cross to ship a looping shot over the despairing dive of goalkeeper Jackie Burns.

Hemp might have had a second shortly earlier than half-time however headed over the bar from shut vary earlier than White ought to have made it 2-0 in stoppage time. The Lionesses’ main scorer was picked out within the field by Bronze however glanced a header huge of the far publish.

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The guests didn’t have to attend an excessive amount of longer for a second purpose, nonetheless. Bronze’s cross from the suitable was missed by Mead however met by Toone, who positioned a fragile end into the highest proper nook.

While Northern Ireland boss Kenny Shiels admitted that his side’s chances of qualifying for another major tournament were ‘extremely slim’

Whereas Northern Eire boss Kenny Shiels admitted that his aspect’s possibilities of qualifying for an additional main event had been ‘extraordinarily slim’

It was not long ago that Northern Ireland were getting thrashed 8-0 by Switzerland

It was not way back that Northern Eire had been getting thrashed 8-0 by Switzerland

Northern Eire nearly responded immediately as Lauren Wade had their first shot on course. The ahead was allowed to activate the sting of the field earlier than firing to the underside left nook, however Mary Earps bought down nicely to make the save.

Nevertheless it was a second of sophistication on the different finish which introduced in regards to the night time’s third purpose. Leah Williamson’s via ball took a deflection and fell to Hemp, who coolly rounded Burns earlier than firing into an empty web.

A fourth purpose got here ten minutes later with Toone concerned for the third time. The Manchester United ahead tricked her well past two Northern Eire defenders earlier than teeing up Stanway, who rifled into the highest nook from contained in the field.

Stanway then grabbed her second with 10 minutes remaining when she latched on to a free ball within the field to complete into the underside proper nook.