England v Northern Eire: ‘We’re not afraid of anyone’ – Kenny Shiels

Northern Eire have gained their opening two World Cup qualifiers

Supervisor Kenny Shiels says Northern Eire are “not afraid of anyone” as they bid to upset England at Wembley.

Regardless of being ranked 40 locations beneath the Lionesses, Shiels believes his aspect can win Saturday’s World Cup qualifier.

He mentioned: “We’re the one staff in Europe that has gained six aggressive video games this calendar 12 months. We’re in a very good place.

“We’re not afraid of anyone. Whoever comes alongside we will likely be very sporting and can attempt to beat them.”

Shiels is assured the Irish can bounce again from the 6-0 pleasant thrashing by the Lionesses in February and never let the event get to them.

“It is an surroundings that folks speak about crossing the white line,” mentioned the 65-year-old.

“Now we have to ensure we do not play the services or the incredible enviornment that we’re enjoying in.

“We are going to do our greatest to simplify it. No matter membership they play for, we respect that, however will do our greatest to compete in an 11 v 11 surroundings.”

Shiels additionally is not involved the one two Northern Eire gamers who play within the Ladies’s Tremendous League will each miss Saturday’s recreation.

Everton striker Simone Magill is unavailable as a result of a household bereavement, whereas Birmingham Metropolis defender Rebecca Holloway has withdrawn from the squad by damage.

Crusaders Strikers ahead Emily Wilson is accessible, although, after recovering from a knock.

Shiels added: “We’re all a squad and primary and quantity 23 are all handled the identical means and may all supply the identical quantity. We have simply misplaced two gamers and we have now to switch them. It is not an issue.”

‘I anticipate a tougher recreation’

Sarina Weigman
Sarina Wiegman gained her opening two video games as England supervisor

After scoring 18 and conceding none of their final two matches, England supervisor Sarina Wiegman is anticipating a extra aggressive opponent within the Irish staff.

She mentioned: “We should not underestimate anybody we play towards, however we are able to predict what we are able to anticipate. We anticipate to have ball possession rather a lot, however they’ve some qualities, nonetheless they’re rising. They’ve accomplished effectively the primary two video games on this qualification spherical.

“I anticipate a tougher recreation than we had final month. We all know Northern Eire have certified for the Euros for the primary time which is absolutely good. They’ve been in transition a bit bit. I am actually excited to get to the sport.”

Wiegman confirmed her 24-strong squad are all match for the Wembley encounter – the Lionesses’ first aggressive fixture on the nationwide stadium.

Arsenal defender Leah Williamson will likely be captain on Saturday, plus the journey to Latvia on Tuesday, 26 October (18:30 BST).

Williamson, 24, wore the armband for the primary time in final month’s thumping 8-0 and 10-0 wins over North Macedonia and Luxembourg within the absence of the injured Steph Houghton.

Nevertheless, Wiegman mentioned she is but to decide on who will likely be everlasting captain.

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