England coach Sarina Wiegman was delighted with the result and the performance as her side blew away two-time European champions Norway on Monday night, scoring eight unanswered goals, but were quick to keep their feet on the ground .
The rout continues Wiegman’s hugely impressive record as England boss, with the Lionesses only managing to hit the target once in 16 unbeaten games under his stewardship.
She admitted that rewriting the record books with the biggest European Championship victory was not necessarily high on her list of priorities, but the Dutch were nonetheless delighted with how the Norwegian competition was one-sided as the England booked their place in the round of 16 as a group. A winner.
When asked what she liked the most, she said: “The big win. But also the way we played and kept playing like we did in the second half, we were already 6-0 up. but we always kept the ball. I did not expect to win 8-0, absolutely not.
“They changed form, but we also had an answer. I’m really happy with the performance of the whole team and happy to move on to the next round.
“We hope they enjoyed it and hope to make the nation proud. We’ve had two games now, we’re trying to play our best game and today we did.
“We were 2-0 up quite quickly. Then we built up momentum to be able to play the possession game, but they were struggling to put pressure on the ball and we had so much space to score goals. You could really tell that the players enjoyed it, those on the pitch and those who came on. We saw after the game that the whole team enjoyed it. It was very nice and we will stick with it.”
Beth Mead’s hat-trick boosted England’s ruthless goalscoring performance, while Ellen White also netted twice on a night where England’s margin of victory went down in history continental. No team – male or female – had previously scored seven goals in a European Championship final.
Speaking on Mead’s contribution, having scored 18 times in 16 appearances under Wiegman, the manager added: “She shoots the ball between the posts and the bar and does really well!
“We create chances and sometimes we want to be more ruthless, but Beth is really impatient in front of goal. She’s done really well. She’s also had a good season with Arsenal and she’s still in form. It’s really nice.”
When asked if England were one of the most popular teams at the tournament, Wiegman concluded: “We’ve seen some big scores, some really good games, so I don’t know. I’ve seen a few very good teams that can play at a high pace, a lot of power.
“So they might be impressed with this performance, but we’ve seen that our opponents have also done very well, so we can expect some very good games to come.”
Eidevall: Mead is an exemplary wide attacker
Arsenal manager Jonas Eidevall has hailed Beth Mead’s performance as the best of any wide player at Euro 2022 so far, after his hat-trick against Norway helped England secure a place in the quarter-finals.
In a frantic first half, Mead and White each scored twice, while Lauren Hemp and Georgia Stanway also got on the scoresheet as the Lionesses went wild at Amex Stadium.
In 41 minutes in the first half, England had equaled the record for most goals scored by a team in a Women’s Euro game and Eidevall, who manages Mead at club level, is not holding back of praise.
“England tore them to pieces,” he said the bbc. “Don’t take anything away from Beth Mead. It’s the best performance by a wide player in this tournament, and there have been many.
“I hope wide strikers watch this on TV, that’s what you need to do to score goals. England looked two or three levels above Norway. I expected to an equal game, but it was very impressive from England.”
Euro 2022: The groups…
Group A: England, Austria, Norway, Northern Ireland
Group B: Germany, Denmark, Spain, Finland
Group C: Netherlands, Sweden, Portugal, Switzerland
Group D: France, Italy, Belgium, Iceland
Euro 2022: The schedule…
Wednesday July 6
Group A: England 1-0 Austria
Thursday July 7
Group A: Norway 4-1 Northern Ireland
friday july 8
Group B: Spain 4-1 Finland
Group B: Germany 4-0 Denmark
Saturday July 9
Group C: Portugal 2-2 Switzerland
Group C: Netherlands 1-1 Sweden
Sunday July 10
Group D: Belgium 1-1 Iceland
Group D: France 5-1 Italy
Monday July 11
Group A: Austria 2-0 Northern Ireland
Group A: England 8-0 Norway
tuesday july 12
Group B: Denmark v Finland – Kick off 5.00pm, Stadium MK
Group B: Germany v Spain – Kick off 8pm, London Community Stadium
Wednesday July 13
Group C: Sweden v Switzerland – kick off 5pm, Bramall Lane
Group C: Netherlands-Portugal – kick-off 8pm, Leigh Sports Village
Thursday July 14
Group D: Italy v Iceland – Kick off 5.00pm, Manchester City Academy Stadium
Group D: France vs Belgium – kick-off 8pm, New York Stadium
friday july 15
Group A: Northern Ireland v England – kick off 8pm St Mary’s
Group A: Austria v Norway – Kick off 8pm, Brighton and Hove Community Stadium
Saturday July 16
Group B: Finland vs Germany – Kick-off 8pm, Stadium MK
Group B: Denmark v Spain – Kick off 8pm, London Community Stadium
Sunday July 17
Group C: Switzerland vs Netherlands – kick off 5pm, Bramall Lane
Group C: Sweden v Portugal – kick off 5pm, Leigh Sports Village
Monday July 18
Group D: Iceland vs France – Kick-off 8pm, New York Stadium
Group D: Italy v Belgium – Kick off 8pm, Manchester City Academy Stadium
Wednesday July 20
Quarter-final 1: Winners Group A v Runners-up Group B – kick off 8pm, Brighton and Hove Community Stadium
Thursday July 21
Quarter-Final 2: Group B Winners v Group A Runners-up 8pm, London Community Stadium
friday july 22
Quarter-final 3: Winners Group C v Runners-up Group D – kick-off 8pm, Leigh Sports Village
Quarter-Final 4: Winners Group D v Runners-up Group C – kick-off 8pm, New York Stadium
tuesday july 26
Semi-final 1: Winner quarter-final 1 v Winner quarter-final 3 – kick-off 8pm, Bramall Lane
Wednesday July 27
Semi-Final 2: Winner Quarter-Final 2 v Winner Quarter-Final 4 – Kick-off 8pm, Stadium MK
Sunday July 31
Winners Semi-Final 1 v Winners Semi-Final 2 – Kick-off 5pm, Wembley