England’s interim head coach Hege Riise has welcomed the squad for a tightly packed international camp that will see the Lionesses play France and Canada in friendlies this month.
Stepping in following the resignation of Phil Neville, Riise has reshaped the England squad by calling up a number of younger players currently sporting good form for their clubs in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League.
Arsenal’s 22-year-old defender Lotte Wubben-Moy was among the young talents that have been gifted an opportunity by Riise, who has previously praised the defender for her maturity and focus.
In an England press conference in which FAWSL Full-Time were present, Wubben-Moy said that as a player, she welcomes those kinds of compliments whilst also stating that she has been impressed with Riise’s training regime.
“I just try to lead the way and I think that’s reflective of the leaps I’ve taken in the youth groups and the way England has nurtured me as a player,” she said.
“I’m a ball-playing centre-back, I like to be brave and command on the ball and Hege is an extremely progressive, forward-thinking coach which I love.
“I feel incredibly lucky to be playing under her, she’s got a wealth of experience which adds to the pedigree of the coach that she is.
“We’re extremely positive as a team under Hege and we’re playing exciting football.”
Following her return from a three-year spell in America, Wubben-Moy has blossomed under Arsenal head coach Joe Montemurro this season and her strong performances for The Gunners haven’t gone unnoticed by Riise.
Reflecting on her recent form for Arsenal, Wubben-Moy said “I’ve been cautious to use the word ‘luck’ because I think that you create your own luck.
With England captain Steph Houghton absent due to injury, the Arsenal centre-back may have the chance to feature against France or Canada just a couple of months on from picking up her first senior cap for the Lionesses.
Speaking about her captain’s absence, Wubben-Moy said “Steph is the type of player that I look up to and try to benchmark myself upon, it’s a shame that she’s injured but that’s football.
“I relish these opportunities and if I get the chance to play, I’m going to take it with both hands.”
Wubben-Moy labelled France and Canada as ‘Grade A opponents’ and said the expectation for England is to win both games.
“We all come together for this common goal of winning, pushing each other and doing it for our country which is amazing,” Wubben-Moy said.
England take on France in Caen on Friday before the Lionesses host Canada at the bet365 Stadium on Tuesday.