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Hege Riise wants to see Lionesses adapt to her methods

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England Women interim boss Hege Riise says she wants to see her players adapt to her playing style when they face Northern Ireland on Tuesday.

England host Northern Ireland in a friendly on Tuesday in what will be the Lionesses’ first international fixture in 11 months.

Riise was appointed as interim boss in January following Phil Neville’s departure to become head coach at David Beckham’s Inter Miami.

After holding her first handful of training sessions at St George’s Park over the weekend, Riise is excited by the potential of the group and says she wants to see how they can implement her methods after just a few days together.

“It’s been so exciting. All the players are really excited to be playing for England. It has been a wonderful few days,” Riise said ahead her a first game as Lionesses’ interim boss.

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“I don’t feel [English football] is that different, it is very competitive. I feel the session we had was hard working, a lot of excitement, a lot of energy.

“[On the training pitch] we are not making that much changes. Maybe a switch of play in the attack, trying to work on how we will break down a low block, working on how we are going to press. We’ve tried to put in a few bits and pieces in the few days that we had.

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“It might be a bit of an overload for the players with the team meetings and everything. We feel like the players are really excited and wanting to do everything [we ask].

“If they don’t understand, they ask questions so we can get a good response from each other.



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