England manager Sarina Wiegman makes Rishi Sunak plea ahead of Australia clash

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England boss Sarina Wiegman has spoken out ahead of Australia Women's World Cup clash

Jack Otway

By Jack Otway

Published: 15/08/2023

- 09:39

Updated: 15/08/2023

- 09:55

The Lionesses will go into the game looking to make a second final in a row

England boss Sarina Wiegman has admitted she'd love Rishi Sunak to give the country a public holiday should the Lionesses win the Women's World Cup.

The European champions are due to lock horns with Australia on Wednesday with a place in the last four at stake.

England have been excellent at the competition so far, overcoming the likes of Haiti, Denmark, China, Nigeria and Colombia on their way to the final.

And Wiegman, speaking before the contest, has admitted she'd love for the Prime Minister to give the country a bank holiday should her side manage to go all the way.

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Rishi Sunak is facing calls for a bank holiday if England win the Women's World Cup


"Yes, I can see all the English here want it!" she said.

"I’m focusing on football and the game tomorrow, let’s do everything to win to win the game tomorrow.”

Australia could deploy star striker Sam Kerr against England, with the Chelsea forward now fully fit again.

And Wiegman has hailed the 29-year-old, while also saying the Matildas are more than just one player.

“Australia is not just Sam Kerr. Yes we have a plan. She can play and she can start on the bench, so that’s the situation."

The Dutchwoman added: “Of course Sam Kerr is a very good player so there’s lots of respect, but there’s more than Sam Kerr.

"At the end it is always a team performance. When a team does really well, an individual can do even better.

"That’s the same for Australia and England, so there’s lots of pressure on her because everyone expects things from her and the team.

"Australia had some disappointing situations they had to come back from and they did very well.

"We expect a very strong Australia tomorrow."

Wiegman thinks neither team can take anything for granted, too, and feels 'privileged' that England have been able to make their way to the last four.

“What you see in this tournament and in a lot of tournaments is that a lot of teams that are being expected to go to the semi-finals and finals, but you can’t take anything for granted," stated the 53-year-old. "It’s very hard.

"It’s special to go so far in the tournament but when you are there, you really want to win it to go to the final.

"But that’s the same for Australia too. I feel privileged that we got this far and I really want to take the next step too."

England captain Millie Bright, meanwhile, has revealed what Wiegman tells players behind the scenes in order to coax the best from them.

"An important message Sarina always give to us is to enjoy every single moment," said the Lionesses skipper.

"It is a key thing for us to do on a daily basis. I am extremely proud to be in this position.

"We have all worked really hard to get here. It is important to keep two feet on the ground.

"To get to this point is not a given. We have had to work extremely hard, but I enjoy every single minute.

"It's going to be a great match against great opposition in front of a great crowd, so important to soak it up."

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Sarina Wiegman appeared relaxed ahead of England's clash with Australia


And Bright is insistent England won't be fazed by any Australia mind games, too.

"Stay in your lane and focus on yourselves," she added.

"We are aware what we are going to come up against but we stay away from mind games and focus on what we need to do.

"We have confidence in ourselves, we are in a great place and everyone is raring to go. I think we will leave the mind games to everyone else."

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