After a perfect institution degree, the Lionesses beat Spain inside the quarter-very last via Georgia Stanway’s greater-time goal and easily beat Olympic finalists Sweden 4-0 at Bramall Lane in Sheffield to attain their first main girls’s event very last due to the fact 2009.
Goals from Beth Mead, Lucy Bronze, Alessia Russo and Fran Kirby guided Sarina Wiegman’s aspect to a stunning win.
Today marks England’s 5th important tournament final for either the guys’s or ladies’s groups.
The men lifted the World Cup in 1966 however misplaced to Italy on the Euros remaining year, whilst the girls’s facet has completed runners up at three tournaments – the primary European Championships in 1984 and in Euro 2009.
Here, we profile every player as we get to recognise the Lionesses aiming for glory this summer and the Dutch manager hoping to guide her chargers to glory…
England’s captain changed into formally handed the armband this summer, taking on from Steph Houghton.
Leah Williamson led the team to achievement inside the inaugural Arnold Clark Cup in March, and has played every minute of the Euros campaign to this point.
It is the fruits of a upward thrust thru the England ranks, wherein she additionally captained at U17 to U20 level.
The Arsenal defender – who changed into deployed as a midfielder in pre-match friendlies before switching to centre-back – had a defining season for Arsenal as they driven for the Women’s Super League identify.
She signed a new deal with her youth membership in January 2022 and is earmarked as the future captain for the Gunners.
At just 25, she will should shoulder the weight of expectation that a domestic event includes, however she is more than geared up for the task.
“It is essential to have a check and also you expose yourself to that and you can prove to your self that you could come through the alternative aspect that is what is important approximately we just did [towards Spain].
“Regardless of the competition this is the primary check we’ve had inside the match, and it’s miles vital we performed with our coronary heart.”
Leah Williamson speaking to Sky Sports in June.
Club: Manchester United
Manchester United goalkeeper Mary Earps has spoken publicly about how she had written off any probabilities of going to the Euros as these days as remaining September, until an e-mail abruptly from the FA knowledgeable her she could be called as much as Sarina Wiegman’s debut schooling camp.
Earps has been in and out of the senior side within the beyond.
She changed into a part of the Euro 2017 training camp – for the duration of which she earned her first cap – and turned into a part of the squad for the 2019 World Cup, however did no longer play.
But her development at Man Utd underneath Casey Stoney and Marc Skinner has visible her come to be a actual contender for the No 1 shirt this summer season.
She has commenced in each Euros game so far and has conceded simply as soon as.
An super go back from the wasteland might actually be capped off with a very last win this nighttime.
“I turned into resigned to the reality that [going to the Euros] could never show up all the way up until I got an email saying I became going to be picked for the September camp.
“I by no means idea this would ever appear.
“Then, after I were given invited to that camp, I simply idea ‘OK, that is nice, thanks, I’m going to move and provide my absolute satisfactory’, but returned then, the Euros become too a ways away.
“But again there are so many matters [that can happen among now and then] so anyplace I am I’m gift and optimistically things fall into region.
“I definitely was at peace, whilst we had that verbal exchange a year ago.
“Everything I said then became so proper and I am nevertheless so amazed that it changed, because I turned into so OK with what have been and executed, but I’m very, very happy that it changed, and I’m so glad to be right here and grateful for each unmarried day that I get to put on this badge.”
Mary Earps speakme to The Telegraph in April.
Club: Manchester City
Man City stopper Ellie Roebuck is perhaps unfortunate not to have performed more global football, having already won the WSL Golden Glove, lifted the Women’s FA Cup and represented Great Britain at an Olympic Games all by the age of 22.
She changed into slightly 19 years old by the time of her international debut in 2018, however has gone directly to win handiest 8 full caps due to more senior players in advance of her, and the recent resurgence of Earps.
A calf harm saw her omit 5 months of the home season for Manchester City but now absolutely suit, she might be seeking to add to her record of her four international easy sheets if referred to as upon.
“They’ve made it a really huge occasion and I assume in popular, that suggests the way women’s football goes. It’s exceptional to be a part of some thing like that. It’s thrilling and makes all of it experience real.
“A Euros in your private home us of a – that’s brilliant and interesting.”
Ellie Roebuck speakme to MEN Sport in May.
Club: Aston Villa
Thrown in at the deep cease inside the WSL at simply sixteen, Aston Villa’s No 1 Hampton is the youngest member of the Euros squad and made her senior England debut in advance this 12 months in opposition to Spain in the Arnold Clark Cup, in which she kept a smooth sheet.
Another goalkeeper who flourished below Marc Skinner, the modern-day Man Utd boss recruited Hampton at Birmingham while he changed into manager and the younger stopper has long past from power to electricity in view that.
It is a excellent upward push – not least because she started her children profession as a ahead in Villarreal’s academy, and has shaken off a complete lack of intensity perception from adolescence to beat the percentages and emerge as a top-flight stopper.
Hampton has recently returned to the fold after checking out fine for COVID-19, and could be gaining important fundamental match enjoy.
There is no doubt that she could be England’s No 1 within the coming years.
Millie Bright is the Lionesses vice-captain.
The Chelsea defender wore the armband for World Cup qualifiers towards Austria and Latvia remaining November, having additionally deputised in the absence of normal Chelsea skipper Magda Eriksson at club degree.
Bright ranked second for passes tried and passes completed in the WSL final season, and also ranks excessive in areas consisting of clearances and winning aerials duels.
She also ranks 5th for long passes finished and second for touches.
There is no denying that Bright stays one of the first names on the squad sheet and has again shown why in the course of a strong Euro 2022 campaign.
The defender entered the match as a Women’s Super League title holder and FA Cup champion – and she’ll be hoping to add international silverware to her busy trophy cupboard this summer time.
“It is interesting. The skills that this group has is terrific and the pool of gamers that may be picked from is ridiculous. There are a few unique gamers in our organization and incredible human beings.
“I suppose we have long gone to new stages, and there may be still greater to come back from us. That’s the splendor of the squad – we are all just seeking to get the high-quality out of each different day in, day out, and keep pushing our levels and checking out one another.
“There’s a lot competitiveness in schooling, human beings combating for positions, and that is what gets the first-class out of each other. So I know for a fact that we will push each other to new levels (again).
“It would be extremely special (to win), however I assume we don’t appearance too a ways ahead.”
Millie Bright talking to PA Media in June
After lacking all the autumn internationals due to long-term recuperation from knee surgical operation, Lucy Bronze has seamlessly back to the proper-lower back spot for England – no longer sudden given she is one of the pleasant within the international in that function.
Bronze commenced two of England’s 3 Arnold Clark Cup games before keeping her region for each in their World Cup qualifiers in April.
This summer time additionally represents some other alternate in terms of her membership football, after she left Man City and joined Barcelona on a loose transfer.
But Bronze’s personal accolades eclipse her club trophy series, and as recently as 2020 she was named Women’s Player of the Year at the FIFA Best awards – the primary English player to pick out up the award.
She has been England’s first-choice proper-back at their final 3 tournaments and won the silver ball at the 2019 World Cup, voted as the second-first-class player at the tournament.
She has persisted to begin in every recreation to date.
Bronze is also the Lionesses’ fourth-maximum capped participant inside the Euros squad (88) and will be a key part of their fulfillment this summer time.
“This is the most important opportunity we’ve got ever had as a women’s soccer group, to surely touch base with our enthusiasts, with the more youthful fans, the younger generations.