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Wiegman hails England’s game changers as substitutes steal the show at Wembley

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England head coach Sarina Wiegman says that her side’s attacking options on the bench is a quality needed to take the team to the next level.

The Lionesses eventually defeated a well-drilled Northern Ireland side 4-0 at Wembley this evening but they did not break the visitors’ resistance until forwards Beth Mead and Beth England were introduced from the bench after the hour.

Mead grabbed the headlines with a 14-minute hat-trick while England helped herself to a sixth goal of the season for club and country when coming on as a substitute.

When speaking in the post-match press conference in which FAWSL Full-Time were present, Wiegman highlighted that players of Mead and England’s quality are needed as options on the bench to help the Lionesses go on to reach the next level.

“I’m going to make an agreement that we do that every game, that we bring in new players that score three times,” Wiegman joked.

“That is really good (having impact substitutes), that is what you need to get to a higher level and win matches.

“It doesn’t matter who scores the goal but we have to score the goal. When you bring on players who can do something a little different or have a different style, it is really nice to get a result with that.”

Wiegman didn’t want to take any personal credit for her substitutions, she was just really pleased to see those players coming on ready to make a positive impact for the team.

After being asked whether she could take credit for the substitutions, Wiegman said “I was probably a little lucky but I think they were really ready to go in (to action).

“That is what a team needs. We are a team and when you are a substitute coming on, you want to be ready, you have to be ready and that’s absolutely what they showed, all of the substitutes when they came in and that’s really good to see. That helps the team and the individual player too, that’s what makes the team really strong.”

England are in action again on Tuesday when they travel to Liepãja to face Latvia in their next FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia New Zealand 2023 qualifier.

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