Six targets, a primary Ellen White hat-trick and 4 debuts – it was the very best begin for interim supervisor Hege Riise’s short-term reign with England as they comfortably defeated Northern Eire of their first recreation in virtually a yr.
And whereas midfielder Jill Scott stole the present on her one hundred and fiftieth look, there have been loads of stand-out performers together with White, defender Lucy Bronze and debutant Ella Toone.
With Group GB choice on the horizon, did anybody play their method into rivalry? What was completely different about England below Riise? And the way did the brand new gamers get on?
Who shone in race for Group GB choice?
It has been confirmed Riise shall be a part of the teaching workers for the Olympic Video games this summer time – although her actual function is but to be decided.
She ought to, nonetheless, have a say in who shall be chosen, and when requested who stood out for her in Tuesday’s pleasant, she mentioned “Ella Toone, who I have not seen that a lot, impressed me along with her debut”.
The 21-year-old Manchester United ahead got here on as a half-time substitute and scored from the penalty spot to cap off what has been a terrific season up to now along with her membership.
“Her passing, her imaginative and prescient for the sport… She made it straightforward to seek out the pocket for the ten participant, simply,” added Riise. “Her footwork, masking house… That was a great debut – and scoring a aim as nicely!”
Riise additionally singled out Manchester Metropolis striker White, who began forward of Chelsea’s Bethany England and made essentially the most of it along with her first hat-trick.
“That is my first recreation and to see them on this atmosphere helps me make choices,” added Riise. “Many of the gamers confirmed their character immediately. Will probably be troublesome to select that squad.”
‘It seems to be energised and enjoyable’
The pleasant, performed at St George’s Park coaching base, was England’s first recreation since a 1-0 loss to Spain in March final yr and their first for the reason that departure of supervisor Phil Neville.
They’d stuttered to simply three wins from Neville’s last 9 video games in cost however Riise mentioned their efficiency appeared “energised, enjoyable and centered”.
The Norwegian had mentioned previous to this match her function was to “develop the flexibility and enjoying model” of England’s stars and referred to as for extra attacking aptitude.
They in the end produced with six targets, albeit in opposition to a Northern Eire facet who sit 43 locations under on the earth rankings, however it was a outcome Riise mentioned “was nice regardless”.
“The gamers placed on every thing [in training], it seems to be energised, enjoyable, centered and that is what I felt throughout the recreation,” she added. “They wished to play, hold shifting, hold shifting the ball and in addition scoring targets.”
‘Working round with a smile on my face’
White’s efficiency was spectacular as she moved on to 39 worldwide targets – first by capitalising on a defensive mistake, earlier than nodding in Bronze’s cross after which ending a cross from Scott. She had one other aim dominated out for offside.
The striker mentioned she was “actually proud” to attain her first hat-trick and she or he was “operating round with a smile on my face” enjoying in an England shirt once more.
“I truly missed my husband’s birthday on Sunday so [the goals] are positively devoted to him,” mentioned White. “I am taking the match ball house and hugging that every one day. I am simply actually having fun with enjoying soccer in the meanwhile.”
Debutants ‘appeared snug’
In addition to Toone, there have been debuts for Bristol Metropolis ahead Ebony Salmon, Arsenal defender Lotte Wubben-Moy and Everton goalkeeper Sandy MacIver.
Riise mentioned all 4 substitutes “appeared snug” once they got here on and “there was a great connection between the gamers” that had been already on the pitch.
“Altering the goalkeeper was good for expertise as we’ve got three younger goalkeepers with us,” added Riise. “Ebony [Salmon] coming in, you’ll be able to see that she will be able to adapt. She nonetheless has some work to do with the tempo of the sport.
“Lotte [Wubben-Moy] got here in and was a presence additionally. It was good to see these.”