England Women assistant manager Arjan Veurink expressed his pleasure at a near-perfect group campaign at Euro 2022. Veurink stepped in for Sarina Wiegman against Northern Ireland as she tested positive for the coronavirus. England Women are yet to concede a goal and have scored 14 goals in their three group games. Beth Mead has emerged as the top scorer after scoring four goals in the group stages of the tournament.
“Sarina is doing well, unfortunately not good enough to be here,” England Women assistant manager Arjan Veurink said. “It’s tough for me to say anything about [whether she will be back for the quarter-final]. She will not be joining us live, but as Covid has taught us, we can do a lot remotely as well. Hopefully, she will be with the team as soon as possible. Of course, we want to continue the good showing we’re on at the moment. I think Sarina will be really happy with this performance as well. Momentum is really important.”
“They showed that whatever is going on, we have lots of qualities and that pleased me the most. We were calm and relaxed. It’s not great that Sarina is not here, but they reacted really well and I’m happy with the team performance and the great goals we scored,” he added. “We brought in five fresh players so that’s good for the team and the development of the players and team as well. Hopefully, we can grow with this in the next phase. Sarina used the word ‘relentless’ from the start. That’s what we’re doing in this moment really well. When you’re creating a lot of chances, you can miss some as well. We have lots of trusts that we will create lots of chances… We’re really pleased with that.”