England celebrated their return as European champions in fashion with a ruthless win over Luxembourg to complete World Cup qualification with an ideal report.
With a spot at subsequent yr’s World Cup already within the bag, England had been simply trying to entertain towards a aspect ranked 117th on this planet.
Eight gamers obtained on the scoresheet because the Lionesses dominated their final qualifying sport at Stoke and the followers welcomed this summer season’s heroes.
Euro 2022 Golden Boot winner Beth Mead scored one and assisted two, with Manchester United’s Ella Toone doing the identical.
Georgia Stanway and Bethany England every picked up a brace and Rachel Daly, Lauren Hemp, Alessia Russo and Nikita Parris accomplished the scoring.
“I do not assume it might get significantly better than that, so actually joyful,” stated supervisor Sarina Wiegman. “After the Euros it at all times appears tough, however I believe the staff did an amazing job on the finish of the summer season.
“We performed two video games like this and we knew tonight we had been so significantly better, however we needed to hold the rhythm within the sport and I believe that is what we did in most elements of the sport.
“We knew we had been going to win the sport, so we wished to attempt some issues and a few gamers.”
It was a carnival event as supporters paraded new merchandise with the phrases ‘champions of Europe’ on it, whereas lately retired midfielder Jill Scott confirmed off the Euros trophy earlier than kick-off .
However Wiegman, who obtained his UEFA Coach of the 12 months award in a single day, nonetheless anticipated an expert efficiency and named a powerful staff.
England had been artistic and decided, if not fairly on top of things, and so they grew within the sport as Wiegman made modifications.
It wasn’t anticipated to be a take a look at for England, however their successful streak continued and so they nonetheless have not misplaced a sport underneath the Dutchwoman, whereas scoring 80 objectives and never conceding none in qualifying for the World Cup.
Their subsequent sport will probably be one in all their largest but, as they face world champions USA at Wembley on October 7, simply 9 months away from the World Cup. This will probably be adopted by a pleasant towards the Czech Republic in Brighton 4 days later.
“What we’ll take away from these two matches is to develop our fashion of play,” added Wiegman. “All we’re doing now’s transferring ahead to organize for the World Cup.”
England end with 100% report
In addition to being a chance for followers to have a good time Euro success, it was additionally a chance for England gamers to impress with the World Cup on their minds.
Wiegman’s intentions had been additionally clear – there have been no shock caps and he or she appeared eager to construct on the boldness gained on the Euros, in addition to end qualifying with a report 100% intact.
His staff delivered the leisure because the followers chanted ‘we wish 10’ rapidly earlier than Chelsea England striker obliged.
Parris, who struggled for type at Arsenal final season earlier than transferring to Manchester United this summer season, had the complete 90 minutes in assault and made his mark.
She was energetic and closely concerned within the first half however could not discover the sting till her objective lastly got here after the break when she coldly ducked into the far nook.
That is two objectives in as many video games for Parris, whereas Mead continued the place she left off on the Euros, contributing to 3 objectives at Stoke.
It could have been a irritating night time for Russo, nonetheless, who missed a number of clear probabilities within the first half however nonetheless added to his tally with a Seventeenth-minute objective.
Expectations for Russo will rise within the coming months as she appears to cement her function as Ellen White’s alternative at quantity 9.
All in all it was a stable efficiency towards a weak aspect however England should be a bit sharper after they face the US after the Ladies’s Tremendous League season resumes.
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Match ends, England 10, Luxembourg Ladies 0.
Second Half ends, England 10, Luxembourg Ladies 0.
Goal! England 10, Luxembourg Ladies 0. Bethany England (England) header from the middle of the field hits the excessive cross of the objective. Assisted by Katie Zelem with a cross from a nook.
Nook, England. Nook conceded by Catherine Have.
Goal! England 9, Luxembourg Ladies 0. Lauren Hemp (England) shoots with a left footed shot from shut vary into the middle of the objective after a nook kick.
Try saved. Lucy Bronze (England) header from the middle of the field is blocked in the midst of the objective. Assisted by Alex Greenwood with a cross.
Nook, England. Nook conceded by Kelly Mendes.
Try blocked. Lucy Bronze (England) header from the middle of the field is blocked. Assisted by Katie Zelem with a cross.
Nook, England. Nook conceded by Lucie Schlimé.
Nook, England. Nook conceded by Emma Kremer.
Failed try. Nikita Parris (England) header from shut vary is shut, however misses on the left following a nook kick.
Try saved. Millie Vivid (England) header from the suitable aspect of the six yard field sees her shot blocked. Assisted by Katie Zelem with a cross.
Nook, England. Nook conceded by Kimberley Dos Santos.
Failed try. The top of Lucy Bronze (England) up shut is excessive and huge to the left. Assisted by Alex Greenwood with a cross from a nook.
Alternative, Luxembourg girls. Noémie Tiberi replaces Jessica Becker.
Alternative, Luxembourg girls. Edina Kocan replaces Joana Lourenço.
Nook, England. Nook conceded by Emma Kremer.
Foul by Millie Vivid (England).
Joana Lourenço (Luxembourg Ladies) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Offside, England. Ella Toone tries a by ball, however Nikita Parris is caught offside.