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Wiegman excited for England’s latest challenge against Italy

Wiegman excited for England’s latest challenge against Italy

England head coach Sarina Wiegman is excited to see her side face an in-form Italy team in their latest international friendly fixture on Tuesday evening.

The match is one of two that England are playing on neutral territory in Algeciras, Spain. The Lionesses demolished Austria 7-2 in their first friendly fixture on Friday evening.

England’s latest opponents Italy are ranked 14th in the world and head coach Wiegman is excited to face a nation that are in good form.

“They had a great Nations League campaign,” Wiegman said when speaking in the pre-match press conference. “They changed coaches and they play a little different; they have different shapes that they’ve played in and they’ll want to have a real high press on us. That’s something that we will be aware of and that’s a challenge for us. They also want to play the game.

“The competition is really improving and they’re doing well, so we are really excited to play them tomorrow.”

Despite scoring seven goals in the win against Austria, Wiegman still sees areas for improvement. She believes that England can be better with some of their out of possession work.

She said “I think we played a very good game on Friday, especially in possession. Out of possession, I don’t think they had many chances but on set plays we can do a little better.

“With Italy expected to play a high press, we want to play out of that press and find solutions. We want to have the ball a lot, create a lot of chances and be very good in defence too.”

Some have questioned Wiegman’s decision to stage this month’s camp on neutral territory in Spain. Less than 1,000 fans were present for the Austria game while another small crowd is expected against Italy. The England boss insisted that she is happy with the choice of venue for camp.

“What we wanted to do was play good friendlies in good circumstances,” Wiegman said. “There are good pitches here and the weather allows for good training sessions.

“We did know that there wouldn’t be as many fans here but those who came on Friday enjoyed it and I hope that those fans that watched the game at home enjoyed it too.

“From April onwards, we will be playing a lot in England, so I hope that we will connect with the fans again.”

England’s international friendly fixture against Italy kicks-off at 5pm on Tuesday evening.