Former Arsenal and Chelsea midfielder Katie Chapman has admitted that she is excited for the Sarina Wiegman era to begin with the England national team.
The 50-year-old UEFA Women’s EURO-winning coach will succeed current Lionesses boss Phil Neville from September 2021 and has signed a four-year contract with The Football Association.
Midfielder Chapman, who collected 94 caps for England between 2000 and 2016, has been speaking about Wiegman’s appointment in a FIFA Media event ‘Football Talks’ earlier this week. She told FA Women’s Super League Full-Time that she is really excited to see the Dutch coach begin her tenure with the Lionesses next year.
Chapman said “A new manager coming in brings new life, different views, different experiences and can create a different culture. She is a winner.
“For me, it is really exciting to see her (Wiegman) come in with her mentality and to see where she is going to help us get better.
“England for me have always been in and around it but we’ve not quite been good enough so I am hoping that she is going to come in and give us that little bit of quality, that drive to be better.”
The England squad came together for the first time in six months in the September international break with current Lionesses boss Neville overseeing a training camp at St George’s Park. Two England teams went head-to-head in ’11v11′ friendlies and despite the fact that those games were not competitive fixtures, Chapman was pleased to see a young group take to the field.
“It was great to see a really big squad at St George’s Park” said the former England midfielder. “A lot of younger talent was included in the squad and it was good for them to have the opportunity to experience their first game.”
Seven months on from their SheBelieves Cup disappointment, England will finally play a competitive fixture next month when they face Germany in Wiesbaden on Tuesday 27 October.