Sarina Wiegman gives glimpse of England future with 'OK' performance in 8-0 win

Sarina Wiegman (left), named Leah Williamson, (right), captain after Steph Houghton was injured.
Sarina Wiegman called the 8-0 victory in England's first game as an "OK" performance. This is a sign of the high standards she expects from her team going forward.

She stated earlier this week that she had "lots and lots of goals", and even after North Macedonia's defeat, she insists "we should have scored lots of more".

It's not arrogance or overconfidence. It's simply Wiegman admitting to the truth that England, ranked 123 above North Macedonia, were always expected win this World Cup qualifier. But it was their performance that will be judged.

England scored 48 goals, with 18 of them on target. She smiled as she revealed these stats to ITV in her post-match interview. You were able to count more than we. We had about 20 100% chances."

After seeing her team win with two goals each by Ellen White and Beth England, strikers from Ella Toone, Beth Mead and two of her own goals, the Dutchwoman embarked on a four-year reign with England.

Wiegman stated that she wanted to create many chances, and that she believes they have.

"We scored eight goals, but they actually scored six. But I believe we could have scored many more. We could have done better in the last third, with the final decisions and the final touch that scored the goals.

"But we still scored eight, and I think that's a great start. "I'm proud to be part of this team."

Throughout her news conference, she repeatedly spoke out about what must be done to play "top-level opposition".

Wiegman was the winner of the 2017 European Championship with the Netherlands, and he coached them to the 2019 World Cup final. He knows what England managers expect from him - to win a major tournament.

In her first meeting with media, she was asked if she knew about it and simply answered "Absolutely." I am aware."

After the win over North Macedonia, her ambitions became even more apparent. She said that the opposition "weren't that good", and demanded more matches against the top-tier nations.

"I hope that we will improve and grow. She added that we need to compete with opponents of a higher standard than what we had tonight."

"We learn best when we attack. When you play against an opponent in the top rankings, it will be different.

More than 8,000 people watched England's win over North Macedonia in St Mary's Stadium.

The first signs under Wiegman were positive. Her bold selection of her team was quite bold - she named a young trio of midfielders, Leah Williamson (24), Toone (22), and Georgia Stanway (22).

She was not afraid of leaving out big names such as Arsenal's Nikita Paarris and Chelsea's Fran Kirby. She said she was managing her load.

Wiegman made it clear that anyone who wants to make their way into the starting line-up against Luxembourg is welcome, and added that the "energy within the team remained unchanged" as substitutions were made in the second period.

Williamson, who was the captain of the side against North Macedonia for the first time, said that Wiegman's first week with him has been "great".

"The energy is unstoppable. She said that it was great to be at camp. "The mood is great. "The mood is high. We are open to hearing any new information and we are eager to pitch it now."

England will be looking to continue their winning streak under Wiegman's guidance when they travel to Luxembourg Tuesday (19:15 BST).