England’s Lionesses pictured in training ahead of World Cup quarter-final tie… as Sarina Wigeman’s side begin preparations for Colombia clash
- England’s Lionesses were pictured getting put through their paces in training
- Sarina Wiegman’s side are preparing for their World Cup quarter-final clash
- It’s been an underwhelming campaign for the Lionesses in Australia thus far
England’s Lionesses were pictured getting put through their paces ahead of their World Cup quarter-final clash with Colombia.
The England squad booked their place in the final eight of the competition after a dramatic penalty win over Nigeria, where Chloe Kelly scored a thumping winner.
However, it’s been far from the tournament that England had been hoping for in terms of on-pitch performances and they’ll look to rectify that with hard work.
A number of Sarina Wiegman’s squad were seen getting to work in the gym ahead of the clash with Colombia on Saturday afternoon.
The Lionesses will be without Chelsea star Lauren James after her dramatic sending off in the last round after she stamped on one of Nigeria’s stars.
England’s Lionesses were pictured getting put through their paces on Thursday aftenroon
Jordan Nobbs was seen with the ball at her feet as the England squad got down to work
Rachel Daly (middle) is one of the stars likely to step up for their clash with Colombia
England’s first-choice goalkeeper, Mary Earps, was seen getting put through her paces
A number of Wiegman’s stars – such as Mary Earps, Rachel Daly and Ella Toone – were seen putting in the graft on Thursday afternoon.
Spirits looked high in England camp ahead of their clash with Colombia, where they will face 18-year-old sensation Linda Caicedo.
Despite the fact they have won all of their matches in the competition, there is still an underwhelming feeling about England’s performances.
Their 1-0 wins of Haiti and Denmark left a lot to be desired and their struggle to beat Nigeria only solidified concerns about Wiegman’s side.
A number of England’s stars will have been sure to put in a shift in training, with James’ suspension leaving a space to be filled in the starting line-up.
The likes of Georgia Stanway, Chloe Kelly and Alessia Russo will be hoping to take the spot of James for the Colombia clash.
Beth England pictured as she entered the training pitch in England’s camp on Friday
England will be hoping to book their places in the World Cup semi-finals with a win on Saturday
Keira Walsh was all smiles as she made her way out to training
Despite James’ ban providing a serious issue for England and their progression in the tournament, the Chelsea star has received full backing from her team-mates.
Millie Bright, who was sent off in the semi-final of the 2019 World Cup, also had words of support for James but insisted England must ‘move on’.
‘I have had red cards,’ Bright said. ‘I know exactly how that feels. It is important that she has her space and lets her emotions settle.
‘But it’s done now, we move on. All that matters is we come together as a group — we have each others’ backs. It’s really important that we look after each other.’
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