England are ready to return to the international stage for the first time since before the Tokyo Olympics.
Their last camp was a disappointing one, featuring back-to-back defeats to France and Canada. But a new era has dawned on the Lionesses, and supporters are eager to see what new manager Sarina Wiegman can bring to the table.
The former Netherlands head coach has finally linked up with her new side, taking over from interim manager Hege Riise.
Wiegman opted for a 25-player squad featuring a healthy mix of experienced players and young talent.
Veteran Carly Telford has made a return while the likes of Katie Zelem, Mary Earps, and Ebony Salmon have been given chances to impress under the new boss.
Discussing her roster, Wiegman said she was already “really impressed about the level and work ethic” within the team.
And although she didn’t want to name any names as to who has stood out during her first camp, she admitted she’s been looking in both directions of the age bracket.
“Not only do the young players have potential but the older players, who are more experienced, they have potential too.”
It’s not just Wiegman who is already enjoying her role – the players have warmed instantly to their new boss. Captain Steph Houghton wasn’t shy when talking about the excitement within the team.
“We’re really impressed and we’ve still got so much to learn from Sarina,” the skipper said. “We’re just so excited to get going and show everybody what a good team we are.
“I’ve really enjoyed this week so far and I think we’ve all been anticipating this camp. I think everybody can feel that we could potentially go on to do something special.”
England will face North Macedonia at St. Mary’s Stadium this evening at 19:00 BST in their first World Cup qualifying fixture. Luxembourg awaits after that on September 21st as the Lionesses travel to the Stade de Luxembourg.