England Coach Sarina Wiegman Believes Her Side Will Beat Netherlands On Friday Night

England boss Sarina Wiegman insists her team are ready to deliver another memorable night at Wembley ahead of their showdown with the Netherlands.

The Lionesses must beat the Dutch — preferably by two goals — to stand any chance of topping their Nations League group.

Doing so would keep their hopes of qualifying for next summer’s Olympic Games alive but they also need to beat Scotland next week and hope other results go their way.

Wiegman, who is unbeaten at Wembley, knows her team have not been at their best during this Nations League campaign, with defeats against the Dutch and Belgium away from home. 

But the manager believes her team has what it takes to turn their fortunes around.

Wiegman said as cited by Sports Central: ‘We want to reach another high and that's what we'll try to do tomorrow. ‘We went into the Nations League and we knew that the game is growing, teams are getting better. Before, I think teams wanted to beat England, and even more so now we have done so well. ‘If you look at the games, I don't think we've played really poorly. Just in moments, we didn't get it over the line and we got some losses, which is not good. ‘We want to do better, but that's also sport. In football, just as in life, you have ups and downs.

The Nations League determines which European teams will qualify for next summer’s tournament. The four group winners of League A will progress to one-leg semi-finals, with the two finalists qualifying alongside hosts France. If France make the final, the third-placed team will take the spot.

Lauren Hemp, who could make her 50th appearance this evening, said England’s players enjoy the pressure of big games.

She said: ‘There's a lot at stake and we know, as a group, what's expected of us. ‘When it comes to it and when we're put under pressure, a lot of the time we do the job, and hopefully we can do that tomorrow.’