Sarina Wiegman admitted there was room for improvement in the final third after England edged to a narrow 1-0 victory over Austria in their opening Euro 2022 group fixture.

Beth Mead’s lob after 16 minutes proved decisive on an evening that saw England frustrated by their well-drilled, robust opponents.

Ellen White glanced a header narrowly wide and Lauren Hemp saw her effort from close range well saved by Manuela Zinsberger, but the Lionesses’ clear cut opportunities on goal were otherwise largely restricted.

“I think we were a little rushed in the final third,” said Wiegman. “We did create a lot of chances but the final touch or the choice on the ball to shoot or to cross – we can do that better. But the most important thing is that we scored one and we kept a clean sheet which is really nice too and that we have three points.

“This start is so important and it gives such a boost to the team and to the crowd so that was very important. We had some very good moments in the game, we created a lot of chances, we should have scored a little more, but we had also some hard moments in the game that we got through and I think that’s really good.”

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