fourteen min: Northern Ireland goalkeeper Becky Flaherty tries to lump a backpass extensive but her kick into the rigid breeze signifies the ball does not journey much too significantly.
thirteen min: England’s Rachel Daly tries a shot from distance but slips as she connects with the ball. Her energy sails in excess of the crossbar.
10 min: Northern Ireland are becoming held on the back foot but are hanging in there for the time becoming. They keep taking part in the ball out from the back but are not significantly good at keeping possession of it.
nine min: An great conserve from Flaherty, who reacts quickly to conserve a strong downward header from Lucy Bronze on the edge of the 6-yard box. Alex Greenwood performed an great ball into the box from deep and the header was strong, but Flaherty shown the reflexes of a ninja.
8 min: Becky Flaherty is termed into motion once again, darting off her line to collect a by way of ball performed into the path of Rachel Daly.
7 min: Relentless stress from England, who have a strong wind at their back. They are passing the ball all over crisply, searching for an opening.
5 min: Northern Ireland get out of their very own fifty percent for the initially time but England are quickly on the attack once again. Ellen White is place by way of on aim by a attractive weighted pass from Jill Scott but Northern Ireland goalkeeper is quick off her line to smother the ball at her feet. A corner for England, from which practically nothing will come.
3 min: Lucy Bronze pings a cross into the Northern Ireland penalty, in which Ellen White is unable to steer her header goalwards. She bought a small nudge in the back from Julie Nelson, which didn’t help her result in. No penalty is forthcoming.
two min: Early stress from England. Rachel Daly performs the ball suitable and broad to Lucy Bronze, who is immediately dispossessed by Rebecca McFadden.
one min: Jill Scott gets an early contact, marauding forward in England’s initially match for pretty much a calendar year.
England v Northern Ireland is go …
one min: Northern Ireland get the ball rolling soon after the two sets of players take a knee. Simone Magill does the honours.
The groups are out: There’s a strong wind blowing at St George’s Park as the two sets of players arise from the heat of their respective dressing-rooms and line up for the Nationwide Anthems. Will they perform God Preserve The Queen twice? No … just the after.
Pre-match presentation: Jill Scott is presented with a commemorative mounted jersey with the number 150 on the back in advance of kick-off.
England v Northern Ireland line-ups
England: Ellie Roebuck, Lucy Bronze, Alex Greenwood, Ga Stanway, Steph Houghton, Leah WIlliamson, Rachel Daly, Jill Scott, Ellen White, Jordan Nobbs, Lauren Hemp.
Northern Ireland: Becky Flaherty, Abbie Magee, Julie Nelson, Sarah McFadden, Rebecca Holloway, Chloe McCarron, Rachel Furness, Nadene Caldwell, Marissa Callaghan, Lauren Wade, Simone Magill.
Hege Riise: “As a coach, my design is to pay attention much more than I converse,” England’s interim supervisor advised a Fifa.com interviewer past calendar year.
“I glimpse to involve my players in selections, to give them belief and also, I hope, some calmness to do their employment. When I glimpse back to the coaches who bought the best out of me, I believe I’m rather comparable in my strategy. I like shut connections with my players, and to be open up to chat – not only about coaching and football, but about all the things.
“I truly feel like it’s my accountability to bring something to every single participant I perform with, and to establish them in some way. For me which is what becoming a coach is. I have never had a challenge relating to a participant who does not have the attributes I had as a participant. Bringing out the best in players, no matter what their skills are, is a problem I definitely take pleasure in.”
Jill Scott wins her one hundred and fiftieth cap right now
The superb Mackem will skipper England on the milestone occasion of her one hundred and fiftieth cap right now. Suzy Wrack sat down with her for a chat in the establish-up to today’s game.
Worldwide friendly: England v Northern Ireland
The plush England HQ of St George’s Park is the location for England women’s initially match in pretty much a calendar year as they host their counterparts from Northern Ireland in a lunchtime friendly.
When past they collected, England were managed by Phil Neville, who has since moved on to pastures new in Miami adhering to a quite mediocre and underwhelming spell in cost of England’s brave Lionesses, so today’s game marks the initially visual appearance of interim coach Hege Riise in the specialized place.
One of the best footballers of her technology, the fifty one-calendar year-outdated Norwegian has been place in short-term cost of England until Neville’s successor, Sarina Wiegman, normally takes up the cudgels when her existing agreement with the Netherlands expires in the Autumn.
Today’s match is Northern Ireland’s only scheduled friendly amongst now and their Euro 2022 perform-off from as nevertheless unknown opposition in April, and will give their supervisor Kenny Shiels an great possibility to operate the rule in excess of his facet as they deal with comparatively rigid opposition. Kick-off in today’s game is at twelve.30pm (GMT) but remain tuned in the meantime for staff information and establish-up.