England’s double-header in summer is strange, admits Sarina Wiegman

Lionesses due to face Republic of Ireland and SwedenTwo wins would guarantee qualification for Euro 2025

Sarina Wiegman says it feels “strange” to be preparing for two crucial European Championship qualifiers in the middle of the summer off-season, but that her England team are fully focused on ensuring they qualify for next summer’s finals in Switzerland.

Wiegman’s Lionesses have been in her homeland, the Netherlands, since Monday for a training camp, ahead of qualifiers against the Republic of Ireland at Carrow Road next Friday, 12 July, and away to Sweden in Gothenburg on Tuesday 16 July, knowing that two victories would guarantee the defending champions automatic qualification.

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