England’s interim head coach Hege Riise says that she is honoured to be leading the Lionesses.
The 51-year-old took over on an interim basis in January following the resignation of former boss Phil Neville and she will remain in her role until new head coach Sarina Wiegman arrives in September.
Riise will take charge of the Lionesses for the second time tomorrow night when they face France in Caen and ahead of the match, she has admitted that she is honoured to be England boss.
“I’m honoured,” said Riise when speaking in an England press conference in which FAWSL Full-Time were present. “I’m really enjoying being here and being part of this great team and organisation.
“I am surrounded by great staff and the players are coming in with lots of energy, wanting to have fun and play together. The players are showing great energy and the staff are working hard to get them ready.”
With latest opponents France being ranked in third position in the FIFA Women’s World Rankings, Riise is delighted that her side will face a stern test tomorrow night, 13 months on from their Lionesses’ SheBelieves Cup campaign.
“We are playing against a good opponent, number three in the world,” Riise said. “It has been a long time since we have had that level of competition, even playing Northern Ireland was good for us, it was a good start.
“The next two games we play stronger opponents and that will allow us to show character and identify where we are and what we need to do to go forward.”
England’s international friendly fixture against France is scheduled to kick-off at 8.10pm tomorrow night and will be available for fans to watch live on BBC Four.