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England women's captain Leah Williamson admits she is wary of 'serious contender' Northern Ireland

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England women’s captain Leah Williamson admits she is wary of ‘serious contender’ Northern Ireland ahead of World Cup qualifier at sold-out Windsor Park

  •  Leah Williamson insists England are not taking Northern Ireland for granted
  • The Lionesses beat North Macedonia 10-0 in their World Cup qualifier last week
  • Williamson is expecting a tougher test from Northern Ireland on Tuesday night
  • A record crowd of 16,000 is set to be at Windsor Park for the World Cup qualifier
  • The country’s current record for a women’s football game sits at 4,079 fans

England women captain Leah Williamson insists they are not taking Northern Ireland for granted ahead of their World Cup qualifier in Belfast on Tuesday night.

The Lionesses, who beat North Macedonia 10-0 last week, have hit 63 goals in seven qualifying games and are yet to concede.

But Williamson is expecting a tougher test from Northern Ireland, who they will also play at the Euros this summer.

England captain Leah Williamson insists they are not taking Northern Ireland for granted

England captain Leah Williamson insists they are not taking Northern Ireland for granted

The Lionesses beat North Macedonia 10-0 in their World Cup qualifier last week (above)

The Lionesses beat North Macedonia 10-0 in their World Cup qualifier last week (above) 

They will go on to play Northern Ireland - with a record crowd of 16,000 is expected at Windsor Park on Tuesday evening

They will go on to play Northern Ireland – with a record crowd of 16,000 is expected at Windsor Park on Tuesday evening 

‘We’ve touched on how competitive it’s going to be and it was a difficult game last time,’ said Williamson. 

‘Yes, we’ve had some games we’ve won comfortably but I don’t expect it to be comfortable and that’s the beauty of qualification. There’s something to play for.’

A record crowd of 16,000 is expected at Windsor Park on Tuesday evening, despite Northern Ireland’s hopes of qualifying being all but over after they were beaten 3-1 by Austria on Friday. 

The country’s current record for a women’s game is 4,079 and England boss Sarina Wiegman is expecting a raucous atmosphere. ‘Hopefully, the crowd makes lots of noise so it’s hard for us to understand each other. But we have a job to do.’

England manager Sarina Wiegman is expecting a raucous atmosphere for the match

England manager Sarina Wiegman is expecting a raucous atmosphere for the match

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