Sarina Wiegman would undoubtedly want her England players to have considerably more elite examinations than double-figure strolls against minnows, with a home Euros next summer and the 2023 World Cup to follow. Latvia, like North Macedonia, Luxembourg, and Northern Ireland before it, lacked the professionalism and drive needed to compete with England’s talent.
Until then, the purpose of these games is to instill confidence in Wiegman’s players. Ella Toone’s hat-trick, like Beth Mead’s against Northern Ireland on Saturday, highlighted a player on the rise in the Women’s Super League, and entrenched the 22-year-old Manchester United midfielder as a national team staple. Though Kirby departed the pitch at halftime with a foot injury Wiegman claimed was not serious, her relationship with Fran Kirby has become the creative fulcrum of an assault loaded with quality and depth.
“To score one goal even for your country is amazing,” Toone said. “I’m proud for me and my family. It’s a night I will never forget. It’s really exciting. We know the depth in the squad we have, and tonight we showed that. We had seven different scorers.”
source : guardian sport