Hege Riise admits she has tough choices to make after watching England’s women beat Northern Ireland 6-0 in their first game in temporary charge at St George’s Park, but believes there are many to be positive about 2021.
The Lionesses had not played since March last year due to the coronavirus pandemic, with matches against Germany and Norway canceled. However, they wasted little time in Tuesday’s closed-door friendly.
Manchester City forward White struck twice in the first half, with Lucy Bronze also on target, before completing her treble in the 48th minute to bring her total of international goals to 37.
Rachel Daly added a fourth at close range, and Ella Toone marked her debut with England’s sixth from a penalty kick 15 minutes from time.
Midfielder Jill Scott, meanwhile, made her 150th appearance in England, becoming only the second female player to reach the count.
“I think the performance was great. It sounded fun,” she said. “You see the character. They fought for 90 minutes.
“All of the submarines that arrived seemed comfortable, supporting those already playing and the connection between the players.”
Riise added: “You could see the little things that you don’t see on TV, the details and the movement, so it was good for me to see them live.”
The former Norwegian midfielder is also expected to manage or be Britain’s deputy team chief for the delayed Tokyo Olympics later this summer.
“This is my first game and seeing them in this environment helps make decisions,” she said.
“After that we will analyze the game, how we can break down the low-block teams even more. Especially for me just seeing the players in this environment helps to make decisions in the future. There will be discussions. difficult for us. “
Riise added: “We have competitiveness in the team and we are working on something that we can achieve.
“It’s a really good group of players that we can choose from. Everything is getting set to move forward.”
White delighted with the hat-trick when the lionesses return
White has headed for the current international break as the all-time top scorer in the Women’s Super League, and having scored four times in her last five league appearances.
“To play for England again I was running around with a smile on my face because it’s been a long time coming,” said the 31-year-old.
“There were so many expectations, and the whole team, the coaching staff put in a lot of work this week, so we’re really happy with the result.”