Sarina Wiegman's England mark domestic return in rout of Luxembourg

England 10-0 Luxembourg: Sarina Wiegman’s Lionesses sign off their World Cup qualifiers with a rout in Stoke as EIGHT different players get on the scoresheet in rampant display

  • England complete a rampant 10-0 win over Luxembourg in World Cup qualifying
  • The Lionesses featured in their first domestic game since winning the Euros 
  • Georgia Stanway, Alessia Russo, Rachel Daly and Beth Mead scored the first five
  • Bethany England scored twice, with Nikita Parris and Ella Toone also scoring
  • Lauren Hemp made it 10 on 90 minutes as the Lionesses romped to victory 

Could the European champions do it on a Tuesday night in Stoke? Against Luxembourg, ranked 117th in the world, the answer was always going to be yes. The final game in their World Cup qualification campaign ended with a 10-0 victory.

Eighty goals in 10 games and none conceded – the Lionesses walked their group. This was not about the result for England, they had already sealed qualification against Austria at the weekend, but about how far they have come in 12 months.

Sarina Wiegman’s first game in charge was September 17 last year. They beat North Macedonia in front of just 8,000 people in Southampton.

England put on a truly dominant display to put ten goals past Luxembourg on Tuesday

Sarina Wiegman was given her Coach of the Year trophy before the World Cup qualifier 

Bayern Munich’s Georgia Stanway bagged a first half brace before being substituted

Twenty-one games later they are European Champions and selling out stadiums. The fact that many supporters did not make it in before kick-off due to heavy traffic shows how times have changed.

‘I don’t think it [the qualifing record] could be much better than this so I’m really happy,’ Wiegman said. ‘This camp after the Euros always seems to be a hard one, [we had] very big highs, but I think the team has done a tremendous job coming after the summer.

‘We knew of course tonight that we were so much better than Luxembourg but we had to make the tempo of the game and keep the energy in the game. That’s what we really wanted to do and I think that’s what we did in most parts of the game. A 10-0 is really nice to go home with.’

 Stanway scored twice in 15 minutes either side of Russo’s header to make it 3-0 by 26 minutes

Alessia Russo staked her claim to the No 9 spot with the Lionesses’s second of the evening

Wiegman has transformed this team and many people’s perception of women’s football. As fans inside the Bet365 Stadium sang Sweet Caroline, this was a celebration of the summer and everything that was achieved.

‘The crowd were very enthusiastic. At the moment we’re very popular, I just hope that we keep doing that, that we keep our fans happy and I hope they had a very good night and I hope they enjoyed watching the game. You have to play with energy even when you have an opponent that’s weaker than us.’

Georgia Stanway got the party started in the 11th minute, converting from the penalty spot after Alessia Russo had been tripped. Russo then doubled England’s lead with a header from a Leah Williamson cross before Rachel Daly added a third shortly after.

Manchester United forward Ella Toone scored from the spot after 57 minutes for the eighth

Bethany England also bagged a brace in England’s goal-fest in Stoke on Tuesday night

Another strike from Stanway and a Beth Mead goal gave the Lionesses a 5-0 lead at half-time.

It took two minutes after the restart for England to score a sixth, with substitute Beth England tapping-in from a Mead cross.

The unthinkable almost happened when Ellie Roebuck failed to control a back-pass, nearly ruining England’s perfect record of a clean sheet in every game, but the goalkeeper just managed to stop the ball going rolling over the line.

Player of the Euros Beth Mead was also on the scoresheet at the Bet356 Stadium

After that brief scare, England went on the attack again and were soon 7-0 up, with Nikita Parris firing in from close range. Parris was then fouled from behind in the box to give England another penalty as Ella Toone stepped up to add her name to the scoresheet.

Lauren Hemp was the next to find the net, with a tap-in in the 90th minute before England rounded off the scoring in the 92nd minute with a header from a corner.

The Lionesses could and should have had more goals here. That will not be lost on Wiegman, who always wants her side to be more ruthless in attack.

Next month England will play the United States in front of a sold-out Wembley. Wiegman will learn more about her team in that fixture and just how much work needs to be done to knock the World champions off their perch.

‘I think it will be a very exciting and loud night,’ Wiegman added. ‘We are really looking forward to it being sold out again and that we will play the number one in the rankings to see where we are at. I think we’re in a good place.

‘Those are the tests you want all the time. We need those matches to see where we are. I’m really happy that we play already in October so from there we can go with our preparations towards next summer.’


England (4-1-4-1): Roebuck 6, Bronze 7, Williamson 7(Bright 45), Greenwood 7, Daly 7.5 (Stokes 61), Walsh 8, Stanway 8 (Zelem 45), Mead 8.5 (Hemp 61), Toone 7.5, Parris 8, Russo 7.5 (England 45)

Subs not used: Earps, MacIver, Bright, Zelem, Wubben-Moy, Carter, Hemp, Nobbs, England, Stokes, James, Salmon

Booked: None

Goals: Stanway 11, 26, Russo 17, Daly 38, Mead 39, England 47, 90+2, Parris 59, Toone 73, Hemp 90

Manager: Sarina Wiegman 8

Luxembourg (4-4-1-1): Schlime, Dos Santos, Have, Kremer, Becker (Tiberi 79), Jorge (Abreu 66), Miller, Marques (Mendes 45), M Lourenco (Albert 45) Magalhaes, Schmit, J. Lourenco Magalhaes (Kocan 79)

Subs not used: Goetz, Weyer, Ludwig, Do Rosario, Schon, Kocan

Booked: None

Goals: None

Manager: Daniel Santos

Referee: Simona Ghisletta

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