On Tuesday night, the European Champions extended their unbeaten run after drawing 1-1 to Norway.
Sarina Wiegman led the lionesses to their 26th game unbeaten in the week, however, she received comments about her squad selection. Some stated that she didn’t take this friendly as seriously as she should’ve, as this game was great preparation for the upcoming World Cup, and she didn’t use this game to her advantage.
She responded by saying that she wanted to provide more opportunity and game time to some of the players who had received less minutes over the past few months to help them gain more experience for the future tournaments.
She then continued to state that the whole of the team is important and that every individual player brings something different and unique to the group.
The surprise selection in the lionesses starting eleven was Rachel Daly. Daly, who formally played at left back for the lionesses in the Summer, has recently been playing as striker for her new, club Aston Villa.
Wiegman took a chance on her against Norway and started her at number 9, and in the 33rd minute, she took the lead for the lionesses, scoring a header from 12 yards out. The goal was assisted by an inswinger from Chloe Kelly on the right hand side and Daly hammered it home with a header smashing the bottom corner.
However, England couldn’t hold out their lead until the end, as Frida Maanum equalised in the 80th minute. This came from Ellie Roebuck, the England goalkeeper, coming out to the edge of the 18yr box and missing a clearance. This provided Maanum with a clear shot at goal, where she struck the ball into the empty net.
After this equaliser, the Lionesses struggled to get back into the game and it ended a 1-1 draw. This was a drastic difference to the 8-0 hammering Norway received by England back in the Summer. The Lionesses now continue their World Cup preparation after the New Year.