England and Spain are fighting for a place in the semi-finals of Euro 2022

England and Spain are battling for a place in the last four at Euro 2022 when the quarter-finals kick off on Wednesday night.

Sarina Wiegman’s side, who have scored 14 goals in their three Group A games, will play a side ranked one place above them by FIFA at Brighton’s Amex Stadium as they continue their quest for glory.

Here, the PA news agency takes a look ahead.

Do or die for lionesses

England captain Leah Williamson has insisted England enjoy their clash with Spain.

The Spaniards are seventh in the FIFA rankings, one position higher than the tournament hosts who have been impressive so far.

Williamson said: “Obviously it’s knockout football, the game changes once you get through the group, the nature of the game is different. There will be a winner and that’s it.

“We know the situation, but we see it as an opportunity and are confident. We’re in good shape and hopefully tomorrow night we can do what we’ve done in this tournament.”

Come on Irene

Skipper Irene Paredes has insisted Spain must play their own game if they try to find a way past England.

La Roja dominated possession in the group stage but struggled to convert it into goals, scoring five goals in their three Group B games.

However, Paredes said: “I don’t think we need to adapt our game to England and we won’t. The best we can do is play our game, try to keep our possession – attack is the best defense for us.

“Every player would like to play here tomorrow, we will give everything. We haven’t stopped talking about it in the last few days.”

One in, one out

England head coach Sarina Wiegman hopes to be back in the dugout by Wednesday night (John Walton/PA)

(PA wire)

Wiegman missed the Lionesses’ 5-0 win over Northern Ireland in their last group game after testing positive for Covid-19 but hopes to be back in the dugout when they battle for a place in the semi-finals.

The Dutch woman, whose symptoms amounted to “a bit of a fever and a little cough, but not too bad”, told a news conference on Tuesday: “Obviously I’m very hopeful, but we’ll see what happens – and we’ll know when I do.” cannot be there, I will be there in another way.”

However, goalkeeper Hannah Hampton was ruled out of the game against Spain after testing positive, the second player after defender Lotte Wubben-Moy to be out due to coronavirus.

Wiegman added: “We are very aware of this and very cautious. We’re trying to stay in our bubble and doing the right things and hopefully keeping everyone fit.”

misery for Martens

Dutch midfielder Lieke Martens’ tournament ended early due to a foot injury.

The 29-year-old summer signing from Paris St. Germain had the problem in Sunday’s 4-1 Group C win over Switzerland.

Head coach Mark Parsons told Oranje’s official website: “This is terrible news for Lieke and for us. She gave her heart to the team at this tournament.

“It is very unfortunate that their EM has to end like this.”

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They’re home, they’re the hosts, they’re the favourites, so the pressure is on them. We feel very calm.

Spain winger Marta Cordona told UEFA’s official website

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Quarterfinals: England v Spain (8pm, Amex Stadium)

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