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Sarina Wiegman explains why England’s conflict with France is not a must-win fixture


Sarina Wiegman performed down the importance of England’s conflict towards France on Tuesday evening regardless of sitting simply third of their UEFA Ladies’s Euro 2025 qualifying group.

England‘s hopes of clinching prime spot took a major beating on Friday evening after they had been pipped 2-1 by France at St James’ Park. Sweden’s win over the Republic of Eire within the different group sport pushed Wiegman’s aspect down to 3rd, albeit solely on purpose distinction.

The brand new qualifying format, which has similarities to that of the Nations League, means solely the highest two groups in every group throughout League A routinely qualify for subsequent summer season’s match in Switzerland. These in third and fourth might want to contend two rounds of play-offs in the event that they’re to safe a spot.

England’s group consists of three groups inside the highest six of FIFA’s world rankings, which makes their qualification removed from assured – much more so now they’ve dropped three factors towards their shut rival.

Wiegman, nonetheless, painted a relaxed determine when she spoke to the media on Monday afternoon. Whereas England all the time got down to win each sport they play, the Dutch coach insisted they are not focusing too intently on the desk simply but.

England v France - UEFA Women's EURO 2025 Qualifier

England gamers huddle following their defeat to France on Friday evening / George Wooden/GettyImages

“We do not calculate,” she informed reporters. “We method each sport to win, however I completely perceive what’s being stated.

“After all, we all know if we win we’re in a significantly better place. We completely need to win, but when we do not win, we nonetheless have a possibility to qualify for the Euros.

“It is not what we would like, in fact we need to prime the group, however we [focus] on profitable tomorrow.”

Friday’s setback on Tyneside has carried out little to dent the boldness of the England camp as they gear up for an additional enormous sport towards France. Regardless of Beth Mead’s well-taken opening purpose within the first half, the Lionesses’ vulnerabilities at set items had been laid naked for all to see as Elisa De Almeida and Marie-Antoinette Katoto fired Les Bleues to a well-known win.

Wiegman outlined what her aspect should do in the event that they’re to proper the wrongs of final week’s assembly, however emphasised the assumption within the squad they will get a end result.

“After all, France is an excellent crew,” the England boss continued. “That is what they confirmed with the facility and tempo they’ve within the crew, we’re conscious of that.

“We actually need to take out their strengths. We need to have the ball greater than they do. Final Friday, we had some huge alternatives which we could not flip into enormous probabilities and scoring objectives.

“We need to be a bit of tighter on the ball and execute higher than we did [on] Friday.”