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Williamson: Bring some noise
England skipper Leah Williamson waved to the crowd after the Lionesses started their Women’s Euro 2022 campaign with a 1-0 win over Austria.
The 25-year-old defender admitted it will take time for the team to get used to playing in louder stadiums than before.
Beth Mead’s strike settled the game at Old Trafford and Williamson revealed she had to close her eyes during the national anthem to keep the tears from flowing.
She said: “What an occasion. The fans came out, we connected well.
“It was quite special, I didn’t know what to expect. We understood it very well.
“I kept my eyes closed during the national anthem. If I had looked at mum, I would have started crying. I kept it at bay.
“It’s noisy, communication becomes more difficult. Sometimes it gets in the way, but I’d take it any day.
“You don’t have to be at your best in the first game and you can grow. Points on the board are the most important thing.
“We faced the pressure and the expectations and it’s over now. Good start.”
Northern Ireland Underdogs
For the first time in their history, the women of Northern Ireland will take part in a major tournament.
And their opener sees them take on Ada Hegerberg and two-time European champions Norway.
The Green and White Army only turned professional in January and, at 47th in the world, are the lowest-ranked team in the competition.
But skipper Marissa Callaghan, 36, said the squad were relaxed ahead of tonight’s clash at St Mary’s.
“Amazingly, the camp is really quiet,” Callaghan said. “It’s a huge opportunity, we know that, but we’re trying to take it all in.
“The camp is in very good shape. We are excited and ready to go.
“They are one of the best teams in the world – we know they are giants in European football.
“We are ready for the challenge. We are Northern Ireland, we are underdogs. We have prepared enormously.”
Corberan leaves Huddersfield
Carlos Corberan has sensationally resigned as Huddersfield boss less than four weeks before the start of the new League season.
The Spaniard’s move is said to be amicable after deciding his vision for the future doesn’t match the club’s.
Corberan, 39, guided the Terriers to the play-off final last season when he was among the pre-season favorites for relegation.
They lost 1-0 to Nottingham Forest, but it was a remarkable turnaround for the West Yorkshire club after finishing 20th under his management the previous season.
Head of Football Operations Leigh Bromby said: “It is with sadness that we have accepted Carlos’ resignation.
“He obviously played a big part in what has been a fantastic season in 2021-22, but then he came to us in the last 24 hours and made it clear he didn’t think he was the man to take us forward.
“The timing is disappointing with our preparations for the new season already underway.
“However, we have worked very hard here over the last few years to build a coaching and support structure around the first team that gives us continuity and stability when things change.
“We have also created succession plans for each eventuality.”
First-team coach Danny Schofield will take over as head coach for the new campaign.
Leeds sign Sinisterra
Leeds have completed the signing of Feyenoord winger Luis Sinisterra for a fee of £21million.
Sinisterra, 23, is the sixth new player to come through the door at Elland Road this summer as the club look to back boss Jesse Marsch.
The Colombian striker netted 23 times for Feyenoord last season, including 12 strikes in 30 Eredivisie games.
He was named the Europa League Young Player of the Season after the Dutch giants reached the final, which they lost to Roma.
Brenden Aaronson, Tyler Adams, Darko Gyabi, Rasmus Kristensen and Marc Roca are the other new boys in the West Yorkshire outfit.
Gomez confirms his stay at Liverpool
Defender Joe Gomez has signed a new long-term contract with Liverpool.
Gomez, 25, has struggled with injuries in recent seasons and finds himself in the pecking order to start alongside Virgil van Dijk in the heart of the Reds’ backline behind Joel Matip and Ibrahima Konate.
Media speculation has suggested the 11-cap England international is set to leave Merseyside in search of first-team football this summer, but the Charlton academy graduate will now extend his seven-year stay with the winners of the FA Cup and the Carabao Cup.
He said: “The opportunity to extend my stay here was an easy decision to make.
“I still feel young and the best years are ahead of me. I have more to learn and the time to do it.
“I think I have the platform here to do that with the manager and the coaching staff around me and my teammates.
“I think as a group the sky is the limit. We want to do one, maybe two, better than last season and aim for everything.”