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Euro 2022: Everything you need to know about England


England Euro 2022 group stage fixtures

Read more about Austria, Norway and Northern Ireland by clicking on the team's name.

How they qualified

England qualified for UEFA Women's Euro 2022 as hosts.

Major tournament record

European Championship

Best European Championship performance: Runners-up- 1984 & 2009.

Most-recent European Championship performance: Semi-finals- 2017.

FIFA World Cup

Best World Cup performance: Semi-finals- 2015 & 2019.

Most-recent World Cup performance: Semi-finals- 2019.

Olympic Games (as Great Britain)

Best Olympics performance: Quarter-finals- 2012 & 2021

Most-recent Olympics performance: Quarter-finals- 2021.

England at Euro 2022: Will the hosts lift the trophy?

Roared on by an expectant home crowd, will England claim their first-ever major silverware?

Lately, the Lionesses have come close to major tournament success, reaching the semi-finals at the last two World Cups and most-recent Euros in 2017.

However, the 6-2 defeat to Germany at Euro 2009 remains their only appearance in a tournament final since 1984.

This time though, England are one of the favourites to go all the way.

A key reason for this is the arrival of Sarina Wiegman as Head Coach; she won Euro 2017 and reached the 2019 World Cup Final in charge of Netherlands.

Under her stewardship, they've won all eight World Cup qualifiers, scoring 68 goals and conceding none.

More impressively, England picked up the Arnold Clark Cup in February, drawing with Canada and Spain before a comeback win against Germany.

Also, in recent pre-tournament friendlies, the Lionesses have hammered Belgium and reigning European Champions Netherlands, 3-0 and 5-1.

In short, everything is looking good for England right now ahead of the tournament opener against Austria at a sold-out Old Trafford.

After that, they'll face their toughest test of the group stages against Norway, before meeting rank-outsiders Northern Ireland, both on the South Coast.

The hosts will face little difficulty getting out of the group, but tougher tests will be right around the corner, with Spain or Germany waiting in the quarter-finals.

Key players: Lucy Bronze

2020's Best FIFA Women's player Lucy Bronze might not quite be at the top of her game right now, but remains a key figure in this England team.

To date, the 30 year old has accumulated 90 England caps, featuring at two Euros, two World Cups and last summer's Olympics with Team GB.

She scored twice at the World Cup in 2015, and then the clincher in the 2019 quarter-final victory over Norway, netting ten times in total.

Style-wise, Bronze is a very offensive right-back, so takes risks which could prove to be an issue when England come up against stronger opponents.

Having said that, Bronze's record speaks for itself, winning 18 major honours, including three FAWSL titles and a hat-trick of Champions Leagues.

During three seasons at Olympique Lyonnais, she won the Champions League each year, starting all three finals.

Bronze has spent the last two seasons back at Manchester City, but has agreed to join Spanish champions Barcelona ahead of the next campaign.

As one of the most experienced, successful and quality members of this squad, the right-back will play a pivotal role if England do lift the trophy.

Key players: Leah Williamson

Back in April, Sarina Wiegman announced, somewhat surprisingly, that Leah Williamson would be England's captain for this home Euros.

The 25 year old will feature at a European Championships for the very first time, having played just six minutes during the last World Cup.

In fairness, last summer, she did start three of the four matches as Great Britain reached the quarter-finals at the Olympic Games.

Nevertheless, 12 members of England's squad boast more than Williamson's 30 caps, but the Arsenal player is certainly up to the task.

She joined the Gunners as a nine year old and, since making her senior debut in March 2014, has racked up 172 appearances for the club.

To date, Williamson has won two FA Cups, two League Cups and the FAWSL title in 2019, featuring in 19 of their 20 league games that season.

For her club, she's mainly deployed as a centre-back, but will anchor midfield alongside childhood best-friend Keira Walsh for the Lionesses.

Will Williamson be the captain lifting the trophy aloft at Wembley on 31 July?

Key players: Ellen White

When it comes to scoring goals at major international tournament, few do it better than Ellen White.

The striker scored six times at last summer's Olympics, having shared the World Cup Golden Boot in 2019, netting six times in France.

White also scored at World Cup 2011 and Euro 2017 while, more recently, she's netted ten times during the ongoing World Cup qualifiers.

In total, the 33 year old has scored 50 international goals, breaking Kelly Smith's record during the 20-0 victory over Latvia last November.

With goals against USA, Australia, Japan, Germany, Norway, Brazil, Canada and Spain on her CV, don't be fooled into thinking she's a flat-track bully.

At club level, White is the top-scoring Englishwomen in FAWSL history, netting 61 times since the league's inception in 2011.

She has won the title three times, twice with Arsenal once with Manchester City, also picking up three FA Cups and three League Cups.

At international level, White's goals helped England lift the SheBelieves Cup in 2019 and the Arnold Clark Cup earlier this year.

Now, in the tournament that really matters, will the superstar striker fire the host nation to glory?

England's possible starting line-up for Euro 2022

England's full squad for Euro 2022

Goalkeepers

Defenders

Midfielders

Forwards

UEFA Women's Euro 2022 Group A table:


Ben Gray

Ben Gray

Arsenal fan – follow them over land and sea (and Leicester); sofa Celtic supporter; a bit of a football '"encyclopedia".



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