"There's no higher honour" says new vice-captain Millie Bright

England boss Sarina Wigeman announced that defender Millie Bright is second in line for the captaincy, ready for the upcoming European Championships this summer.

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Thursday, 7 April 2022

Speaking to the press ahead of England’s World Cup qualifying match against North Macedonia, Chelsea centre back Bright briefly reflected on the exciting news.

“As a player there’s no higher honour really, to, when needed, lead your country out,” Bright started, “it’s still a little bit of sinking in if I’m honest, but yes, really really happy.”

The 28-year-old went on to applaud the appointment of Arsenal’s Leah Williamson as the nation’s skipper.

“I’m extremely proud of Leah. She’s amazing and it’s fully deserved.”

Exuding positivity about the duo’s leadership, Bright said, “it’s just natural, we don’t have to work too hard in being on the same page and I think we have the same mindset on the pitch - front footed.”

“I might be a little bit louder than Leah,” she joked, “so we work off each other really well and I’m looking forward to building that relationship on and off the pitch and hopefully bringing success.”

Speaking about Wiegman’s tenure, Bright noted a collective shift in mindset on gamedays and how this has transpired on the pitch.

“There’s been a massive improvement. I think we’re harder to beat, certainly more ruthless down the other end and prioritising clean sheets.”

On her individual game, Bright went on to speak about her goal-laden spell under Wiegman so far.

“It’s something I’ve wanted to add to my game. I feel like I do have presence and it’s something I’ve been lacking, providing goals for the team. In any way, shape or form I’ll help the team be successful but I’m still going to strive to get on the scoresheet and to put other people in positions to score as well.”

Tonight’s match will mark the Lionesses’ first since winning the inaugural Arnold Clark Cup in February, in which Bright was joint top goal scorer alongside Spain's Alexia Putellas. After revealing that Putellas kindly allowed her to keep the trophy, Bright insisted it is business as usual for the national side going forward.

“For us, the mindset remains the same. We want to go out there and have high standards, to win the game, but first and foremost we want a good performance and to show our qualities.”

“When you come off a high, we have to be prepared to go out and play again. We can’t just stay in that high moment. We have to come back down and get back to the hard work. So, for us, it’s about going out there and doing the right things and getting the job done.”

England will take on North Macedonia this evening at 7pm (BST) at Toše Proeski Arena in Skopje. Coverage will begin at 6:30pm (BST) on ITV4.