Sarina Wiegman hails Maya Le Tissier’s ‘leadership’ with England’s young stars ‘finding their way’

    MAYA LE TISSIER could be in line to make her senior England debut with the Euros champions aiming to beat Norway.

    Sarina Wiegman could look to shuffle her deck with Ebony Salmon, Lauren James, and Jess Park among the rising stars vying for minutes.

    Maya Le Tissier is one of three WSL players who received their first senior Lionesses call-up


    Maya Le Tissier is one of three WSL players who received their first senior Lionesses call-upCredit: Getty
    Maya Le Tissier's versatility has impressed England boss Sarina Wiegman


    Maya Le Tissier’s versatility has impressed England boss Sarina WiegmanCredit: Reuters

    Le Tissier, who sealed a summer switch from Albion to Manchester United, has hit the ground running for the Red Devils.

    Her versatile defensive displays have seen her earn praise with the defender netting twice in six WSL games this term.

    England chief Wiegman told reporters: “Maya has played well in our possession games. 

    “She has played in different positions at centre-back, at right-back, and sometimes defensive midfield. 

    “She has a natural leadership in her and is pretty outgoing.

    Le Tissier is part of a group of emerging England aces and one of three players under 23 to receive their first senior national call-ups.

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     Wiegman added: The younger players are doing good, I think it is a great opportunity for them,” said Wiegman.

    “We saw last Friday that with lots of changes and some younger players in that they were finding their way.

    Tuesday night’s friendly will see the Lionesses go up against their former interim boss Hege Riise, who became Norway’s new gaffer in August.

    Last summer the head coach, who won Euros and World Cup trophies as a player, led Team GB to the Tokyo Olympics women’s football quarter-finals.

    There they fell to a 4-3 loss to Australia.

    Norway have won three of their last five games since Riise’s appointment.

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    Results include 1-0 and 5-0 World Cup qualifier defeats of Belgium and Albania.

    But they fell to a 2-1 friendly loss to France on Friday with West Ham’s Vivianne Asseyi bagging the winner for the Euros 2022 semi-finalists.

    And Wiegman, whose Lionesses hammered Norway 8-0 during the contest in July, expects her team will face a defensively cautious side.

    The England boss added: “We expected a different Norway (that day). We played really well then and they didn’t have a good day.

    “Now they have changed. They’ve changed their coach and they have changed their style of play. 

    Jess Park could be in line for another senior England appearance after netting on her debut


    Jess Park could be in line for another senior England appearance after netting on her debutCredit: Getty

    “They’re a little more defensive so we expect a very different game.

    “The 8-0 win was nice because that made us qualify for the next round (after the group stage) at the Euros.

    “This is a totally different game as they have some other players, different coaches, and another shape.”


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