Ellen White described Hege Riise, the interim patron of England Women, as “very forward thinking” when it comes to her playing philosophy.
The Lionesses’ first game under Riise, who is temporarily in charge of the squad before Sarina Wiegman took the reigns in September, was a friendly 6-0 victory over Northern Ireland in February which saw striker White succeed. a triplet.
The Norwegian then supervises England against France in Caen on Friday, followed by a clash with Canada at the bet365 Stoke Stadium on Tuesday, then in May appoint a British team for this summer’s Tokyo Olympics.
White said of Riise at a press conference Thursday: “She’s very forward thinking.
“She wants us to own the ball, but wants to spin the ball, attack, be really precise in the way we play and advance, and be exciting and score goals.”
“So everyone kind of thrives and tries new things as well – she wants us to try new things, and especially on the training ground.
“So hopefully we can see that in the games to come, the way she encourages people to try different things to move forward and get on the pitch. It’s exciting.”
England head to the double friendly without injured captain Steph Houghton, White’s Manchester City team-mate. White skipped City while Houghton was on the sidelines.
Riise said on Thursday she had decided who would be her captain for the France and Canada games, but would not release the player’s name.
When asked whether the center-forwards were captains, she said: “I don’t know who will be the captain, but whoever (it will be) will be a great asset to the England team.
“I was once England captain and it was a dream, and it’s the same with Man City.
“I’m just excited to be here among some immensely talented individuals, just excited for the games.”
White was then asked if, in Houghton’s absence, she felt she needed to take more of a leadership role within the camp.
The 31-year-old, who has scored 39 goals in 93 appearances in England, said: “Firstly, I really miss Steph – obviously she’s a phenomenal leader. She’s so selfless, someone I admire.
“For me, I’m just trying to set an example. I’m probably a little calm. I’m just trying to do everything right. A few people have come. If they want to come up to me and talk to me, I’m a open book.
“I want everyone to do well, and I think that’s really important.
“As I got a little older and more experienced, I kind of wanted to be a little more in the leadership role, wanting to encourage and help these people to come.
“I think it’s important, for the more experienced to help these players, to give them someone to talk to, to help them, advice and an arm around the shoulder, I think it’s important.
“Definitely I turn to Steph – she’s doing a great job, and if I can do something that’s half as good as her, then, yeah, that’ll be hopefully fine.”