Sarina Wiegman urges England to take their game to the 'next level'
Sarina Wiegman urges Lionesses’ to take their game to the ‘next level’ so they can be victorious at the World Cup… as the manager warns players of the speed ‘the game develops at’
- Sarina Wiegman wants England to go to the next level for the World Cup in 2023
- The boss is preparing her team for the tournament in Australia and New Zealand
- England face Denmark, China and either Chile, Senegal or Haiti in their group
England boss Sarina Wiegman says they will have to take their game to the ‘next level’ to triumph at the 2023 World Cup after the Lionesses were handed a tough knockout route.
Wiegman’s side were drawn in Group D alongside Denmark, China and either Chile, Senegal or Haiti — who will battle it out in the inter-federation play-offs in February.
While the European champions will be favourites to top their group, they face a potential round of 16 game with co-hosts Australia, a quarter-final with Germany and a semi-final with France or Brazil. They would, however, not face the United States until the final.
Sarina Wiegman wants her team to go the ‘next level’ ahead of the World Cup next year
‘We want to bring our game to the next level, that’s necessary too if you want to sustain success because the game develops so quickly,’ said Wiegman.
‘There’s going to be so many good countries and so many teams that are favourites for this tournament. We have a lot of trust and confidence in our team. Yes, there is pressure but that is part of our game now and was part of the Euros too because everyone expected us to do well.
‘We just embrace it and bring it back to what we have to do as much as possible.’
Wiegman is concerned with the speed that the game develops at could catch England out
England will have a favourable travel schedule. Their three group games will take place in Brisbane, Sydney and Adelaide, avoiding a longer trip to Perth. Should the Lionesses top their group, they would stay in Sydney for the rest of the tournament.
‘We will travel early, get adjusted, get rid of the jet lag, get into training and then into the tournament,’ Wiegman said.
‘We’ll be prepared. The locations we play in are OK. It’s not that cold, the amount of travel is OK too, it’s not too much. So the logistics don’t look too bad for us.’
Elsewhere, the Republic of Ireland were handed a difficult draw alongside Australia, Canada and Nigeria.
The England manager is happy with the logistics of the team’s World Cup schedule
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