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Wiegman praises shining strike as Lioness shoves Germany aside

It was a fine night for Millie Bright as Sarina Wiegman hailed Chelsea’s victory as England beat Germany 3-1 to claim the Arnold Clark Cup.

The close-range finish of the long-shot midfielder is one of the efforts to help the home team pass the final test before the Euro with brilliant colors.

Millie Bright and Ellen White were both targets as England won their first silver trophy under Sarina Wiegman

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Millie Bright and Ellen White were both targets as England won their first silver trophy under Sarina WiegmanCredit: Getty
Bright's England goal helped the Lionesses see off Germany victory in the inaugural Arnold Clark Cup tournament

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Bright’s England goal helped the Lionesses see off Germany victory in the inaugural Arnold Clark Cup tournamentCredit: Rex

Just as if Germany had blown England’s bubble, destroying Ellen White’s opener, Bright had put on his shooting boots to thwart their opponents’ efforts.

And the win at Molineux was capped by a stunning late goal from Fran Kirby as England knocked out their opponents with a slow.

As a result, Spain denied an overall victory in the tournament as the hosts set their mark on their European Championship rivals.

It also resulted in the Lionesses’ first win over a top 10 national team since Wiegman took over as head coach last September.

After winning the trophy, the England captain, 52, said: “We know Millie is really strong in heading.

“But she also has good feet, so we thought we’d put her ahead and put more pressure on their goal.

“We knew it was a risk, but it went our way and we also put her back on the defensive.

“We want to energize the game and score a goal to win the league title, so we have to win this game.

“We need one more player up front.”

“We showed resilience despite having a lot of trouble holding the ball /.

“You can see the teamwork and the real effort to hit that goal to win. That’s very gratifying.”

“We showed that we can beat any opponent but it was really tight.

“Although Germany lacks a lot of players, they are still very strong and Spain and Canada are also good teams.

“I think as a team we have grown very quickly.

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Both sides entered the exchange without a win in the competition with Germany topping the league table following a 0-1 loss to Canada.

And England have won just one of their last seven duels against fierce opponents dating back almost eight years to November 2014.

While the visitors threatened Lina Magull and Maximiliane Rall testing Ellie Roebuck early on, it was England who took the first hit in match 15.order minute.

And they did so with Kirby and Georgia Stanway combining on the flanks to tee off to White for a trademark touch.

And an early strike saw the Lionesses ace take her total against England to 49, level with Sir Bobby Charlton’s.

Excited by that opener, the hosts tried to raise the bar to chant Sweet Caroline from the 13,463 strong crowd.

They came close to Georgia Stanway’s volley about half an hour after Klara Buhl was forced to block a Roebuck.

However, they were dealt a blow in the first half after conceding a free kick following Alex Greenwood’s foul on Lea Schuller and the defender received a warning.

And that combination led to a goal leveling the gap in the 41st minute from Magull as the opponents entered the first half.

The second spell saw Germany bring in Jule Brand, who attempted to tee off on Klara Buhl.

And Lauren Hemp looked like she had a glorious chance to put England ahead in the ’60sorder minutes, forcing Merle Frolms to make a save before being flagged for offside.

Nine minutes later, there were cries from the crowd over the penalty when Nikita Parris headed the net against Guilia Gwinn.

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Fran Kirby's 15th goal in an England shirt saw the hosts put the game to bed at Molineux

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Fran Kirby’s 15th goal in an England shirt saw the hosts put the game to bed at MolineuxCredit: Getty

Just as it looked like the game would end 1-1 with Spain set to win, Hemp made a strong move forward.

And the winger credited Bright with her second goal of the tournament in 84order minute.

And Kirby was at the top of the fight against the back, dashing towards goal from inside her half to put the ball past Frohms for Germany to beat.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/17751995/england-germany-millie-bright-wiegman/ Wiegman praises shining strike as Lioness shoves Germany aside

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