England manager Sarina Wiegman encourages Lionesses to 'stay grounded' after Norway demolition

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England's lionesses put on a record-breaking display on Monday to thump Norway 8-0 in the group stages of the European Championships. The tournament's biggest win in its history saw Beth Mead score a hat-trick, while Ellen White added two, alongside goals from Georgia Stanway, Lauren Hemp and Alessia Russo. While understandably delighted with her side's performance, Wiegman was also quick to warn her players of becoming complacent. "Just a great performance," said Wiegman.

"We kept just playing the game, also in the second half, and sometimes when you are 6-0 up players try to do different things, but we didn't - we kept playing together and doing our task. "An incredible evening, very nice - (but) stay grounded, because we don't have anything yet." With the remarkable win in front of a crowd of 28,847 - from which cries of "football's coming home" rang out at various stages - seeing them seal top spot in Group A, the Lionesses will be returning to Brighton a week on Wednesday to play a quarter-final against the runners-up in Group B, which features Germany and Spain. Their group fixtures conclude with Friday's meeting at St Mary's with now-eliminated Northern Ireland, who had lost 2-0 to Austria earlier on Monday. England had opened their campaign with last Wednesday's 1-0 win over Austria at Old Trafford, with a competition-record attendance of just under 69,000.

And when it was put to Wiegman that if people did not know there was a Women's Euros on, they did now, she said: "I don't know, I think they already knew last Wednesday, because that was nice too. "I just hope they enjoy, and that is what we hope to do - make the nation proud. "We've had two games now, we're trying to play our best game, and today we did. But it's just three points - if you win 1-0 or 8-0, it doesn't make a difference - we didn't win anything yet." While Norway boss Martin Sjogren had said pre-match that his team were "definitely" underdogs heading into the game, how things played out was some shock to the system for the side ranked three places below England at 11th in the world, who were 4-1 victors over Northern Ireland in their opener at St Mary's last Thursday. Sjogren said when asked for his feelings post-match: "It's not easy to put into words. "Of course everyone felt devastated about the way we looked tonight. I really, really feel terrible for the players' sake, to be out there and to be beaten by England 8-0 in a game we had been looking forward to for quite some time. "We had a good feeling before the game, we thought we had a good plan, and I thought we played well the first 10 minutes, but then after that, the last 80 minutes was more or less horrible to be honest."

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