Jess Park’s Lionesses call was “no surprise” to Everton boss Sørensen

Brian Sørensen
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 29: Brian Soerensen, Manager of Everton FC looks on prior to the FA Women's Super League match between Everton FC and Leicester City at Walton Hall Park on September 29, 2022 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

Everton boss Brian Sørensen insists it was no shock to him to see star forward Jess Park included in Sarina Wiegman’s Lionesses squad this week after her glistening start to the campaign for the Toffees.

Sørensen is happy for Jess Park

Park, signed on loan from Manchester City in the summer, has enjoyed an explosive start to her Toffees career.

Outstanding in last weekend’s 3-0 Merseyside derby win at Anfield, Park and her side made it two wins on the bounce thanks to a 93rd-minute winner against Leicester City on Thursday.

And to complete her perfect week, the 20-year-old was this week named in the Lionesses squad for the first time alongside West Ham’s Lucy Parker – and the Danish boss admits now is the perfect time to include her in the squad.

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“No, I was not surprised to see her get called up.

“I understand why Sarina (Wiegman) wants to take a look at her together with the established group that she has. She wants to check out the young talents that are coming up. They’ve been monitoring her for a while.

“There’s only 11 months or so until the World Cup so if you can’t look at young talents now, when do you do it?

“I’m happy for Jess. That’s why she came here, to get consistent playing time and show what she is made of.”

Good start for Sørensen

Its been an excellent start to life at Everton for the 42-year-old manager too, with his side sitting in fifth after their opening three games.

It wasn’t a vintage Everton display as they left it late at a sold-out Walton Hall Park on Thursday night but, ultimately, Sørensen was just pleased to grab all three points against the Foxes.

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“We’re happy with it.

“I know what it is like when you concede a goal like that, but I’m really happy that we finally got it over the line.

“We built the chances to get there, but overall I wasn’t super happy with our performance. It was only really the final 20 minutes we started to press them and play really good football – but a win is win.

Building a solid team

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“If you said we would have six points after the first three games, I’d probably have taken it. It’s our first win at home. Hopefully, we can make this a fortress now and a hard place for teams to come and play.

“The fans pushed us forward at the end, and I could hear them throughout the game. I’m really happy they came to support us and I hope we see them again at Chelsea.”

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