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Women’s Football: Leah Williamson will keep the armband for England’s World Cup qualifiers against Northern Ireland and Latvia but manager Sarina Wiegman will take her time to decide on a permanent captain, it says here.

Arsenal’s Williamson was given the honour for last month’s big wins over North Macedonia and Luxembourg after Steph Houghton had to withdraw with an ankle injury. Houghton and reigning world player of the year Lucy Bronze remain sidelined for the upcoming matches and Wiegman wants a chance to assess all her options before she makes a decision.

“I’m not close yet,” said Wiegman. “I think Leah does very well. She plays well, she’s very good in the group so she does a very good job. But we haven’t had Steph and Lucy Bronze in our group and they’ve captained this team before. So we’ll just take a little time and, when everyone is fit, performs well, comes in the squads, then I can see how everyone relates and what’s best for the team.”

England and Northern Ireland are two of three teams in their group alongside Austria that have a 100 per cent record after two qualifying matches. England beat Northern Ireland 6-0 in a friendly in February but Wiegman sees Saturday’s match as a step up.

“I expect a harder game than we had last month,” she said. “I think we’ll still be the team that will have possession lots of the time. Obviously it’s very nice to play at Wembley and to have a big crowd so we’re really looking forward to it. Northern Ireland has qualified for the Euros for the first time, which is really good. They have been in transition a little bit. I’m really excited to get to the game tomorrow.”

This will be England’s first match at Wembley since more than 70,000 fans turned up for a friendly defeat by Germany two years ago, and their first competitive game since the stadium reopened in 2007.

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