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Published 12 July 2022 4 min read
England Women's Senior Team

'If I turned my tele on, I'd want to watch it'

Written by:

Megan Garbutt

England captain Leah Williamson reflects on the Lionesses' stunning performance against Norway
Leah Williamson described England’s first half performance as “golden” after Sarina Wiegman’s side scored eight against Norway on a record-breaking night at the Amex Stadium.

A Beth Mead hat-trick and a brace from all-time top scorer Ellen White were among the goals that helped the Lionesses cruise to victory on the south coast.

Wiegman has instilled an exciting brand of football into her players, and Williamson believes it has helped people get more involved in the journey that this group of players are on.

“Obviously it helps if you are playing that way and you are putting on a show, like we did,” said the England captain.

“That’s so important and like I’ve said before, Sarina really wants us to engage with the fans when we are here, but also the people at home watching on tele.

“That’s the type of football, if I turned my tele on, that’s what I’d want to watch.”
12 Jul 2022 2:21

Highlights: England 8-0 Norway

See all the goals as the Lionesses make it two wins from two at EURO 2022

Victory in Brighton saw England secure their spot in the UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 quarter-finals, where they will face the runners-up from a strong Group B, but Williamson says the team are ready for whatever comes at them.

She stated: “I don’t think we feared anyone coming in. There’s a lovely quote that I like and it’s: ‘Nobody wins afraid of losing’. That’s not the attitude that we have.

“We go into every game to win it. Of course, the stakes get higher and higher, and we wanted to get through the group.

“We will take every game as it comes. We’ve got another game to build on at the back end of the week.

“Hopefully whatever team we come up against, we’ll know our strengths, but they’ll also have strengths and that’s the beauty of this competition, especially a EUROs. It’s a very difficult tournament because all the teams are such a high standard.

“I’m very excited for any test, but of course a win like today doesn’t do any harm to the confidence does it.”

England are next in action on Friday, when they will face Northern Ireland at St Mary’s Stadium in their final Group A match.