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England boss Wiegman says it will be a ‘hard decision’ picking Lionesses’ forwards to start against Latvia


SARINA WIEGMAN hinted Beth Mead’s electric form in attack has given her a selection headache before England’s clash with Latvia.

The Arsenal ace’s history-making 15-minute hat-trick was amongst the goals that led the team to pole position in their World Cup qualifying group.

Beth Mead could be in line to start against Latvia against England

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Beth Mead could be in line to start against Latvia against EnglandCredit: Getty

The Gunners’ striker became the first woman to score three times for the national side at Wembley after coming off the bench as a second-half substitute.

When asked if she has a tough choice picking who starts up front the Lionesses boss said: “Those thoughts I’ve had from the beginning when I started (the job) in September because I think we have many good players.

“Some players play in the same position but have different qualities and are very good. I have hard decisions to make all the time.

“We have the game against Latvia on Tuesday, so first let’s see how everyone recovers from playing Northern Ireland and then we’ll make the decisions later.

“Everyone just has to be ready. We’re professional players, we want to win games. And we want to qualify for the World Cup and prepare for the Euros.

“Everyone is very excited, but they are also working on their own development within our team.”

The Lionesses have racked up 22 goals in their first three qualifying matches for the 2023 tournament with minnows North Macedonia and Luxembourg crushed 8-0 and 10-0.

And the team had nine different scorers in both games with Mead netting once against the Macedonians and Beth England grabbing three goals across both encounters.

Lauren Hemp reckons the Lionesses current attacking form is inspiring her to take things up a notch on the pitch.

Lauren Hemp believes England's form will improve following their three World Cup qualifying wins

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Lauren Hemp believes England’s form will improve following their three World Cup qualifying winsCredit: Getty

The Man City winger, who made her senior international debut in a 1-0 friendly 2019 win against Portugal, came close to netting against Northern Ireland.

Hemp, 21, said: “I get to train with the best players and that only brings out the best in me so it’s exciting to see the number of threats we have going forward.

“We’re scoring goals we’re creating lots of chances, being patient on the ball.

“I think we will keep improving and hopefully, the results will show going forward.”

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