England supervisor Sarina Wiegman says she is just not but prepared to decide on a everlasting Lionesses captain.
Arsenal defender Leah Williamson captained the facet in final month’s World Cup qualifiers towards Luxembourg and North Macedonia.
She’s going to lead the facet within the subsequent two qualifiers – towards Northern Eire on Saturday and in Latvia on Tuesday.
When requested if she had decided on the captaincy going ahead, Wiegman mentioned: “I simply want that point.”
Williamson wore the armband for the primary time within the absence of the injured Steph Houghton, who has captained the Lionesses since 2014.
Arsenal legend Ian Wright believes Wiegman ought to make her determination public, no matter accidents.
“What occurred to only naming the captain,” he mentioned on Twitter.
“Even when injured, identify them and again them. Not a fan of this auditioning for the function enterprise. Places strain on the participant that is lastly introduced and those that miss out!”
Wiegman praised Williamson for the way she has carried out within the function to this point however mentioned there are different candidates for the captaincy.
“Leah does very nicely. She performs nicely, she is superb within the group,” mentioned Wiegman.
“However we’ve not had Steph and the opposite gamers in our group they usually have captained this crew earlier than.
“All of it begins with performing and the way are you within the group, what’s your function within the group and see who’s the very best captain.
“We’ll take some time and when everyone seems to be match, performs nicely and comes within the squad, I can see how everybody relates and what’s greatest for the crew.
“However for now, Leah is doing an excellent job so we’ll will see what occurs subsequent.”
Williamson mentioned Houghton, who stays sidelined with an ankle harm, wished her nicely earlier than she first captained the Lionesses.
“Steph was in these sneakers as soon as upon a time,” she mentioned.
“It is gutting to not have her for the crew and for herself to overlook such an event. I am hoping she will get match as quickly as attainable so she will be again for herself and in addition for the crew.”
The 24-year-old mentioned it was a “enormous honour” to be given the possibility to steer the Lionesses out at Wembley for Saturday’s sport, for which 30,000 tickets have already been issued.
“I do not assume anybody would ever get used to this. It is an enormous honour. Whereas it falls in my lap I hope I can do nicely within the job.
“It is probably the most wanted job in soccer. It is not one thing I’ve ever chased, it is not one thing that is on the agenda, it is simply a matter of circumstance. I am not wanting previous Saturday, which I’ll get pleasure from as a lot as I presumably can.”