Sarina Wiegman names Millie Bright as England captain for their upcoming World Cup qualifiers

Sarina Wiegman names Millie Bright as England women’s captain for their upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Austria and Latvia, while Steph Houghton is out of the picture with her ongoing Achilles tendon injury

  • Millie Bright has been named as England captain for their World Cup qualifiers
  • The 28-year-old defender will wear the armband against both Austria and Latvia
  • Sarina Wiegman has been without a permanent captain Houghton since she took charge
  • Leah Williamson, who has replaced, is also out with a hamstring injury
  • Bright captained England in a friendly against Canada under Riise . in April


Millie Bright has spoken of her honor to captain England for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Austria and Latvia.

Sarina Wiegman has been without permanent captain Steph Houghton (Achilles) since she took charge and Leah Williamson, who has replaced the last four games, is also out with a hamstring injury.

Chelsea defender Bright captained England in a friendly against Canada in April when Hege Riise was manager, but now gets the chance to wear the armband for the first time in a competitive game.

Millie Bright (above) has spoken of her honor of captaining England for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Austria and Latvia

“When Sarina told me that of course it doesn’t matter to me how old you are, how many times you’ve done it before, it will always be a huge honor,” Bright said.

“Representing your country, not only that, but leading the girls to this camp is, of course, a great opportunity. But nothing changes for me. The goals are still the same. Keep up the good work and hopefully lead the team to two more wins.

“I think with or without the bracelet. I will always be myself and the same Millie, the same player, the same person.

Wiegman has been without a permanent captain Steph Houghton (Achilles) since he took the lead

Wiegman has been without a permanent captain Steph Houghton (Achilles) since he took the lead

Leah Williamson, who has replaced in the last four games, is also out with a hamstring injury

Leah Williamson, who has replaced in the last four games, is also out with a hamstring injury

“I like to lead by example, as I said, with or without the armband, and keep my standards high every day, and I’m just here to make the team do well, that’s the goal. I think we all have the same mentality.’

Wiegman informed Bright that she would be captain for Tuesday’s training and the centre-back admitted the news was unexpected.

“We actually taught her a new little phrase ‘little chit chat’ and then she said ‘can I take you for a chit chat’ and then yes, just asked me if I was happy to be a captain for this camp and I was a bit amazed at first.

“We have a lot of leaders and experience in the team and I was just really humbled and honored to have that opportunity.”

Bright captained England in a friendly against Canada in April when Hege Riise (right) was the manager

Bright captained England in a friendly against Canada in April when Hege Riise (right) was the manager

England’s second game against Latvia will be played at the Keepmoat Stadium, home of Doncaster Rovers. Bright played for Doncaster Belles, who previously played their matches at the men’s stadium, from 2009 to 2014, and is looking forward to getting back to where it all started.

“For me, looking back at the Keepmoat, that was my first real experience of playing in a big stadium and that’s where the dream really started, in terms of one day I will play in a big stadium in front of a big stadium. public, let alone lead the England team out, with that chance.

“It’s been a rollercoaster of a journey and to be able to go back there and lead the girls out for the people and my family who were there from day one, that’s going to be a moment that will last forever and definitely one that my family will love.” will be proud of.’

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