Sarina Wiegman expressed her pride and relief after England qualified for the 2023 Women’s World Cup with a 2-0 win over Austria.
Alessia Russo, replacing the retired Ellen White in the starting line-up, opened the scoring and Nikita Parris doubled the European champions’ lead at Wiener Neustadt Stadium on Saturday.
Victory for the Lionesses sealed their place in the showpiece in the tournament in Australia and New Zealand next year with one game to spare – against Luxembourg on Tuesday.
England head coach Wiegman reflected on a job well done just over a month after her side won a first major trophy by being Germany at Wembley.
She said: “I’m happy that we qualified, that we had a win, conceded no goals, scored two, which is one more than we did in the other two games (England beat Austria 1-0 in their two previous encounters). So that’s nice.
“It was again a hard game, but coming out of the Euros, not having that much rest, I’m very proud of the team that we came out like this and we just won the game. It looks so easy but I think it was pretty hard.”
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The Dutchwoman added: “It is absolutely a relief. We also know that if we weren’t successful today, possibly we would qualify on Tuesday. But you don’t want that. You want to win every game, play well every game.
“You want to show how good you can play, and I think lots of parts in the game we did that today, and we had some parts where we weren’t tight enough and made some mistakes, and they created some chances.
“But still 2-0 is 2-0, we’re qualified and we had a great qualification [campaign].”
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