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England’s Lionesses urged to seek Wembley’s first win against Northern Ireland

England’s Lionesses are urged to seek Wembley’s first win against Northern Ireland in World Cup qualification with head coach Sarina Wiegman under pressure to deliver

  • The women of England hope it will be the third lucky time as they seek their first victory at Wembley
  • Las Leonas have played at the national stadium twice before in friendlies
  • Now, under the direction of coach Sarina Wiegman, they face Northern Ireland in a tie.


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The women of England hope it will be a lucky third time as they seek their first victory at Wembley on Saturday night.

The Lionesses have played in the national stadium twice before in friendlies against Germany, but both ended in defeat: 3-0 with Mark Sampson in 2014 and 2-1 with Phil Neville in 2019.

The World Cup qualifying match against Northern Ireland marks their first competitive encounter at Wembley and the pressure is on boss Sarina Wiegman to deliver.

The women of England will be hoping for the third lucky time as they seek their first victory at Wembley.

The women of England will be hoping for the third lucky time as they seek their first victory at Wembley.

“It’s a great stadium that everyone wants to play in,” Wiegman said. It is also very special with a large crowd. I’m pretty calm but very excited. ‘

England beat Northern Ireland 6-0 in a friendly in February, but manager Kenny Shiels did not have several experienced players. Following the defeat, Northern Ireland qualified for next summer’s Eurocup and won its first two World Cup qualifiers against Luxembourg and Latvia.

“I am looking forward to a more difficult match than the ones we had last month,” said Wiegman, whose team beat North Macedonia 8-0 and Luxembourg 10-0 in their first two matches. Wiegman confirmed that Leah Williamson will be captain in the absence of Steph Houghton and Lucy Bronze, but insisted she has not made a permanent decision.

Now the pressure is on England boss Sarina Wiegman to achieve a great result.

Now the pressure is on England boss Sarina Wiegman to achieve a great result.

Now the pressure is on England boss Sarina Wiegman to achieve a great result.

“It is a great honor,” Williamson said. “It’s probably the most wanted job in football.”

A crowd of 30,000 is expected, up from 77,768 for England’s defeat to Germany.

But Williamson thinks it’s time to play more games at Wembley.

“It’s something that we thought would happen more often after the Germany game,” he said. “The first competitive game is a milestone for us.”

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