Hege Riise: England’s interim leader ‘disappointed’ over lack of creativity and cutting-edge against Canada | Football news
Hege Riise, England’s interim director of Women, said the lack of a tip on her side was the most disappointing aspect of her 2-0 loss to Canada.
The Leones twice saw the penalties in the friendly at the bet365 stadium because they suffered another failure, four days later after losing 3-1 to Caen’s France.
Jordan Nobbs’ free kick in the 29th minute was Stephanie Labbe’s shot against the crossbar as England came close to scoring in their final game. Riise has named a British team for this summer’s Tokyo Olympics.
Riise said: “I’m disappointed that we lost this game. I feel like the thing I’m most disappointed with is that we don’t create opportunities, not enough.
“We had the ball, we changed the play better in the second half than in the first half, but we didn’t create enough age to score goals.
“We were a little stressed with the ball. As Canada was under aggressive pressure, that was the fight we had today.”
England had no injured center-backs, and have admitted that Steph Houghton and captains Riise – who gave Millie Bright an arm for the competition – cost them a mistake.
“He (Houghton) has been the captain of England for how many years, so of course you miss the captain and the captain,” Riise said.
“But today I think it’s been one more mistake and you can never anticipate that.
“I think the team’s effort is good. We tried, we stayed as a team and we fought, even though we had one goal less in the beginning. We kept going and I felt we did well in the game. It didn’t create.”
England, who have now lost nine of their last 14 games, played for the third time for Riise, the first of which they beat Northern Ireland 6-0 in February.
He added: “I’m very confident we’ll learn about that next time. I’m happy to have these two games, it’s good to see all the players and I’m sure we’ll do better going forward.”
Riise will be named 18-man GB team next month, and now asked if he knows his GB team: “It’s not at all, I’m going back now and starting to think about player positions.”
After the Olympics, Sarina Wiegman will take charge of England, Before hosting the European Championship in 2022.