Northern Ireland manager Kenny Shiels revealed that they don’t want to leave anything behind as they play their last game of Euro 2022. He pointed out the different changes in the team that last faced England in February 2021. Northern Ireland has lost all eight of their previous meetings with England being outscored 44-2.
“It’s important that we don’t get overawed. We took them on in a friendly at St George’s Park, and the [England] girls were signing autographs after the match,” Northern Ireland boss Kenny Shiels said. “The girls were queued up outside changing room and show you the esteem in which England are held, by our country as well and how good they are doesn’t help because we have to try to look at, not just realistically, but we have to have a purpose and try to win. The girls did admit afterward they were overawed by that occasion. But the friendly helped us to prepare for going to Ukraine.”
“It was such a tough game and we learned so much about ourselves then, and we’re learning now, with the experience of losing both games [in World Cup qualifying] is good for the future in how we learn for the future and from our mistakes,” he added. “With the stature of England, we’ve got to try and eliminate that from our thoughts and play the team rather than the occasion. It’s a big occasion for our girls to play in front of a full house like this. We want to do our best and if we can, we can’t have any complaints. We don’t want to leave anything behind. It will be the culmination of our journey at the Euros, we will want to leave on a feel-good note and we will certainly be trying to do that.”