Sarina Wiegman insisted that the current is all that counts forward of the Euro 2022 semi-finals, regardless of her spectacular document towards opponents Sweden and England’s current defeats within the final 4 of main worldwide tournaments.
The Lionesses could have an opportunity to win a serious worldwide match for the primary time in Sunday’s closing if they’ll overcome the highest-ranked facet at this Euros at Bramall Lane on Tuesday evening.
After falling at this hurdle in every of their final three match appearances, England have the chance to achieve their first closing since Euro 2009, after they completed runners-up to Germany.
Wiegman was liable for a type of three semi-final defeats whereas in command of the Netherlands in 2017 and likewise defeated Peter Gerhardsson’s Sweden at that match, in addition to at this stage of the 2019 World Cup.
“I feel it is necessary to be in ‘the now’,” the England head coach mentioned at Monday’s pre-match press convention.
“I do suppose you all the time need to be taught out of your expertise and take out the issues that you would be able to take to be higher, turn into higher to be taught. But it surely’s no use now to speak about that on a regular basis as a result of it is now, so why ought to we discuss that?
“My squad is completely completely different [compared to 2017] as a result of I am the English supervisor now and it is a completely different scenario. I am now in ‘the now’, pondering ‘the now’. Sweden has carried out very well through the years within the ladies’s recreation on a regular basis.
“We take it for now. We’re England, Sweden is our opponent tomorrow. They’ve a really robust squad, so can we, and we simply hope we are going to play our fashion of recreation and that may carry us to win.”
When requested if England are able to make historical past, Wiegman responded, with out lacking a beat: “The England workforce is able to play the very best recreation tomorrow towards Sweden and hopefully we encourage a nation.”
England’s journey to the semi-finals of the World Cup three years in the past ended when Steph Houghton missed a late penalty to equalise towards the US, whereas the Lionesses have by no means received a penalty shoot-out.
Wiegman has readied her gamers for each eventuality, together with spot-kicks. “We ready for all the things. We have been speaking about each state of affairs that may occur,” she mentioned. “I feel we’re completely ready for all the things after which we’ll see the way it develops tomorrow.”