Wiegman praises the players’ toll and urges the Lionesses to be more ruthless as the Euro draws near

SARINA WIEGMAN praised her English team for the touching tribute to her late sister.

And the head coach urged her side to be more ruthless after beating Belgium 3-0 as the battle for Euro spots heated up.

England will hope their unbeaten run-under run under Wiegman continues next time they play the Netherlands

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England will hope their unbeaten run-under run under Wiegman continues next time they play the NetherlandsPhoto credit: ©MI News & Sport Ltd

England got off to the perfect start to the pre-tournament warm-up with victory at Molineux as they went 12 games unbeaten

A first-class goal from Rachel Daly and own goals from Chloe Kelly and Leah Williamson sent Belgium offside.

Wiegman, 52, said: “It was a good result. Three goals, a lot of players on the pitch and we used all the substitutes we could use.

“You could see the depth of our team, that’s good.

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“We played well in the first half, created chances, but we needed more depth and ran in from the back.

“I think we did a little better in the second half.

“If you win 3-0 it’s enough, but if we go to the European Championship we need a little more ruthlessness.”

As for knowing her preferred starting XI, Wiegman added: “The competition is really tough and we have a chance for a lot of players.

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“Now we’re just looking for connections and we can use different qualities in different positions.

“We’re getting a little bit closer, but it’s not all clear yet.

“We still have two games left (against the Netherlands and Switzerland) so we’ll see what happens. Things can also change very quickly.”

England scored 14 shots in the first period, five of them on target, Belgium’s two.

Lucy Bronze saw her shot blocked in the second minute after giving her marker the slip when Georgia Stanway sent a shot wide in the ninth minute.

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Lauren Hemp saw her shot saved moments later by goalkeeper Nicky Evrard.

And Ellen White missed a golden chance from close range in front of the goal just under half an hour

Beth Mead was denied a pin after being dragged onto the turf after a clumsy challenge from Feli Delacauw just before half-time before skipper Leah Williamson’s shot was headed off the line.

In the second half, Wiegman heralded the substitutions, with Daly, Alex Greenwood and Chloe Kelly replacing Demi Stokes, Lotte Wubben-Moy and Beth Mead.

Chloe Kelly made her mark by forcing an own goal from Belgium

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Chloe Kelly made her mark by forcing an own goal from BelgiumPhoto credit: Getty

It proved a smart move when Belgium’s Amber Tysiak converted Kelly’s shot into her own net in the 62nd minute.

Daly doubled the lead minutes later, hitting the ball in the top corner

And Leah Williamson’s pounding shot forced Evrard to tip the ball behind for an own goal.

At the game, the England players wore black armbands in homage to their head coach’s sister, who had died before the clash.

Rachel Daly scored for the Lionesses, who remain unbeaten under Wiegman

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Rachel Daly scored for the Lionesses, who remain unbeaten under WiegmanPhoto credit: Getty

And Wiegman praised her team’s poignant gesture as the team next take on the Netherlands.

The England boss added: “They have been so supportive of me. The captains came up to me and asked if we could wear the armbands.

“They are such good people and it shows the unity of the team. It was a great gesture. My sister would be proud.”

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