Wiegman says England are “ready”

England expected to fare strongly

England boss Sarina Wiegman thinks her team are in excellent shape as they prepare to take on Austria (Match betting – England 1/6, draw 6/1, Austria 12/1) in their opening match of the 2022 Euros.

The Lionesses are looking to win their first-ever major tournament (7/2JF to win outright) and they are regarded as one of the teams to beat.

Form has been excellent ever since Wiegman walked through the door in September, replacing outgoing boss Phil Neville, who guided them to a World Cup semi-final.

They have not lost any of her 14 games in charge and are arriving into the Euros on the back of a six-game winning run.

Wiegman has plenty of happy memories of this tournament having guided her native Netherlands to the title five years ago.

Her first task this time around will be Austria, who were surprise packages last time and reached the semis before losing on penalties to eventual runners-up Denmark.

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Ahead of kick off on Wednesday evening, Wiegman has full belief that her squad can challenge for glory.

“You can feel that everybody is ready so we’re excited to go,” said the 52-year-old.

“We started our preparation in September and we have just worked from week to week.

“We will just do the same things we always do and focus on our style of play as a team and as individuals. We also know the tournament starts tomorrow and we have been waiting for such a long time so it is an exciting moment.”

There is a full complement of players ready to take part in the Old Trafford clash.

Defender Lucy Bronze missed the final warm-up match last week against Switzerland through illness but she is back available and there are no injuries around the camp.

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Author: Lucas Carlson