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

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MAYA LE TISSIER could make her senior England debut as the Euro champions look to beat Norway.

Sarina Wiegman could try to mix 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 to be named senior Lionesses for the first time
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Maya Le Tissier’s versatility has impressed England manager Sarina Wiegman[/caption]

Le Tissier, who sealed a move from Albion to Manchester United in the summer, has put his heart and soul into it for the Red Devils.

Her all-round defensive performance has earned her twice the praise of the fullback’s net in six WSL games this season.

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

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

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

One of a group of rising England aces, Le Tissier is one of three players under 23 to be called up to the national team for the first time.

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Wiegman added: “The younger players are doing well, I think it’s a great opportunity for them,” Wiegman said.

“We saw last Friday that they found their way with a lot of changes and some younger players.

In Tuesday night’s friendly, the Lionesses meet their former caretaker coach Hege Riise, who became Norway’s new gaffer in August.

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

There they lost to Australia 4:3.

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


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Results include 1-0 and 5-0 wins over Belgium and Albania in World Cup qualifiers.

But they lost 2-1 to France in Friday’s friendly, with West Ham’s Vivianne Asseyi bagging the winner for the Euro 2022 semi-finalists.

And Wiegman, whose Lionesses beat Norway 8-0 in July, expects her side to face a defensively cautious side.

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

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

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Jess Park could be in line for another appearance in England after scoring a net on her debut[/caption]

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

“The 8-0 win was nice because it qualified us for the next round (after the group stage) of the European Championship.

“This is a completely different game as they have some different players, different coaches and different form.”

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