England Women

Sarina Wiegman explains how the Arnold Clark Cup ties in England's Euro 2022 preparation

Ali Rampling
Wiegman admits the Arnold Clark Cup will be a chance to try new things
Wiegman admits the Arnold Clark Cup will be a chance to try new things / Naomi Baker/GettyImages

Sarina Wiegman has explained that the Arnold Clark Cup will be a balance of striving to win the tournament and experimentation ahead of this summer's European Championships.

Wiegman took the England hot seat in September and has a 100% record thus far, scoring 53 times without return in her first six matches with the Lionesses.

However, the Arnold Clark Cup will see England come up against world class opposition for the first time in Wiegman's tenure.

England face Olympic gold medalists Canada, European heavyweights Germany and a heavily fancied Spain side as they ramp up their preparations for the European Championships on home soil this summer.

"Of course we approach every game to win," Wiegman said. "But we want to see things and how our players relate to each other, so we want to try some things too.

"It's a combination of trying out things, developing our style of play, managing some load and hopefully we can get all the things we want to see and we want to practice in those games on the pitch and then at the end of the tournament, know where we are and from there where we want to go to."

England's three matches are dotted across the country, at the Riverside Stadium in Middlesbrough, Carrow Road in Norwich and Molineux in Wolverhampton.

England captain Leah Williamson sees the tournament as not only preparation for the players ahead of Euro 2022, but also an opportunity to encourage England supporters to get invested in the team in the build up to the summer's festivities.

"We have the home tournament in the summer and this is the perfect little preparation for that and a little taster for everyone," Williamson said. "[The tournament is the chance to] pull everyone on the journey with us for the summer so they're as excited as us.

"We're going into the tournament to win it, you don't enter one not to. It's the first one [Arnold Clark Cup], we'll see what happens but we definitely want to make it ours for sure.

"These are the games that are going to teach us more about ourselves. This is going to expose us to everything. It's an opportunity to show and find out what our real strengths are and also where we may need to tighten up a little bit. You learn a lot more about yourself in these fixtures and these are the ones we want to play in."