England Women: 5 things we've learnt about the Lionesses under Sarina Wiegman

Can Wiegman lead England to Euros glory next summer?

GiveMeSport Women pick out the key talking points as England recorded two FIFA Women’s World Cup qualifying wins in the space of just four days.

First, on Saturday, England beat Northern Ireland 4-0 at Wembley, before, just three days later, they defeated a weak Latvia 10-0.

Two comprehensive wins gave England four wins from four in qualifying so far, but what has Sarina Wiegman learned about her squad over the last week?

Will Leah Williamson become the permanent skipper?

It is the question on everyone’s mind at the moment as, once more, Williamson took the armband across both qualifiers this weekend.

The Arsenal player scored England’s eighth on Tuesday, and was similarly resolute against a stubborn Northern Ireland at Wembley on Friday.

It was another good audition for the role from Williamson, however, as Wiegman admitted she has not yet decided on a permanent captain.

Currently, Steph Houghton is the incumbent captain after she took the role in 2014. However, the Manchester City defender is out with injury as it stands and has not yet featured under Wiegman.

If the new England boss is to make a change it is likely to be Williamson.

Will Leah Williamson be the next England skipper?

England’s future is bright upfront!

England demolished a below-par Latvia side on Tuesday night. Ten goals rightly showed the superiority of the Lionesses over a strikingly inferior set-up.

One of the stand out performances came from Ella Toone, who scored a hat-trick – including two goals in the opening 12 minutes.

Toone’s performance was a nod to the future. The Manchester United attacker has impressed in the WSL this season and has replicated that form for the national side.

The 22-year-old now has five England goals in six international appearances after Tuesday’s hat-trick.

Wiegman has the tools to rotate

To the envy of most nations, England’s squad has a huge amount of depth, and as a result, there are always options off the bench.

On Friday, the quality of the squad was shown as both goalscorers in the 4-0 win over Northern Ireland came off the bench.

Almost immediately after her introduction, Beth Mead netted the opener with an exquisite finish.

She then went on to score her second and her third in the next fourteen minutes. It was some impact from the Arsenal star.

Alongside Mead, Beth England also scored from the bench, netting England’s fourth and final goal of the night.

Remember this is also an England side missing both Lucy Bronze and Steph Houghton, who are out injured.

It is some pool of players for Wiegman to choose from!

Beth Mead scored three off the bench against Northern Ireland

Ellen White’s delight!

As the goals came quickly against Latvia, it could have been easy to forget the importance of Ellen White’s 25th minute strike.

England’s third of the night moved White joint second on the list of England Women’s all-time goalscorers.

She now has 44 goals for England – only Kelly Smith (46) has more for the Lionesses.

England must be ready for far greater tests

With respect to Latvia and Northern Ireland, England will face a far higher calibre of opposition at this summer’s Euros.

As the home nation, England will go into the tournament with high aspirations.

Here, challenges against the Netherlands, Sweden, Germany and France all potentially await if the Lionesses are to reach the final at Wembley on July 31st.

The former Netherlands boss is aware of this. There is no doubting England will be ready come the summer –  results, for now, are taken in the context of their current opposition.

How far can England go at this summers Euros?

Wiegman patient style is starting to come off

Four games in and England have rightly had little issues, sweeping aside their opponents with ease.

Four wins from four. Four cleans sheets. It’s been a perfect start and the positive mood is growing in the camp.

With regards to Wiegman, we have learned she won’t be rushed to a decision.

She takes her time, such as the permanent captain, and this approach will no doubt benefit England in the long term.

“I’ve learnt a lot,” explained the England boss, after the victory over Latvia. “There is lots of willingness, lots of quality and depth [in the squad].

“We can play high-tempo, a possession game and move the ball to switch the field.

In effect, England has the squad to play numerous ways under her tenure. Now, it is down to Wiegman to decide how best to attack next summer’s Euros.

News Now - Sport News