But what kind of coach has the Football Association hired? Those who know her describe her as a “quiet” leader.
“She’s not the sort of person who dominates by taking a room and being the loudest one,” Stoere said. “She’s a humble person but, when she wants something, she’s as clear as glass. In areas where things are working, she’s probably going to let them be, but if she can find some places where she can make small adjustments, she will.”
“I think you will see very technical and direct play. She’s well prepared and she wants to be efficient.”
Speaking to the English press for the first time this month, after picking her first squad, a composed and courteous Riise talked for almost an hour in fluent English, coming across as polite, honest and professional.
Noticeably, unlike many managers, she displayed no ego whatsoever.
She answered questions directly, especially when asked why Arsenal forward Beth Mead had missed out on the squad, replying: “Her player report hasn’t been that great”.
Similarly, when asked if any overseas-based players other than Nikita Parris, whose club, Lyon, did not release her because of Covid-19 travel restrictions, would have been in the squad in normal circumstances, such as Atletico Madrid’s Toni Duggan, Riise said simply no, “we did not pick her”.
Those responses, written down as quotes, may seem blunt, but the tone in Riise’s voice was not dismissive towards Mead or Duggan. Instead, this was simply a head coach giving very literal, honest answers to questions, as if she was an expert witness in a courtroom.