England are waiting to see who they will face after demolishing Sweden in the Euro final

England are awaiting the winners of Wednesday’s clash between Germany and France and after demolishing Sweden to reach the Euro 2022 final.

The hosts swept aside second-placed team in the world 4-0 at Bramall Lane on Tuesday to reach their first major women’s final since 2009.

The tournament’s top scorer, Beth Mead, put Sarina Wiegman’s side on course for Sunday’s Wembley final after 34 minutes, before supplying Lucy Bronze to double the lead.

Substitute Alessia Russo added a brilliant third with a back heel and Fran Kirby made it 4-0 with a late chip.

Sweden had started well when Stina Blackstenius hit the bar but the Lionesses ultimately proved too strong as Lauren Hemp also rattled the woodwork.

Wiegman celebrates another triumph

(PA graphic)

(PA graphic)

England manager Sarina Wiegman, who has now won 17 of her 19 games as coach, believes the world will sit up and take notice of her side’s impressive performance in the semi-finals.

“We totally took over in the second half,” said Wiegman, who led Holland to success at the European Championship five years ago.

“You said are you ready to make history and I think that’s a little bit of history.

“This result will go all over Europe and the world. It was such an achievement that everyone will be talking about us tomorrow.”

Russo mulls ‘cheeky’ strike

Russo’s goal drew a lot of comment for its sheer audacity, but the player herself admitted there was luck involved. The Manchester United striker took a chance with her back to goal after 68 minutes and her shot wound through Hedvig Lindahl’s grip.

She said, “I was a little bit disappointed because I missed the sitter that Lauren (Hemp) was in, so I was like, ‘I have to do something about it.’ Luckily it struck me, I figured that was the quickest route to goal, so I hit it and hoped.

Mead, whose earlier goal was her sixth of the tournament, gave her more credit.

Mead said, “The instinct to hit it so fast and through the keeper’s legs was a very naughty goal.”

Germany warns of threat from France

Germany coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg distrusts France’s strength (Nick Potts/PA)

(PA wire)

Attention will turn to Milton Keynes on Wednesday as Germany and France battle for the right to meet England at Wembley Stadium.

Germany may have history on their side as eight-time champions, but France, who made their first round of four, have proved dangerous in this tournament.

National coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg said: “I think everyone saw in the group stage and in the quarter-finals that France have a very strong team that finds good solutions to come out of the pressure.

“They focus on their game in the transition phase because they have a lot of pace in their team and they direct a lot of their attacking play down the wings.”

France coach Corinne Diacre also believes her side can make a difference.

“My players are confident,” she said. “The mental attitude of my group was really extraordinary in the quarter-finals because it didn’t let up.”

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Sweden goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl despairs after failing to save Fran Kirby’s shot which put England 4-0 ahead (Danny Lawson/PA)

(PA wire)

Statistics of the day

Mead has scored six goals and provided five assists in her five appearances to date.

Mead scores her side’s first goal on Tuesday night (Nick Potts/PA)

(PA wire)

quote of the Day



Whatever happens now in the final, if girls aren’t allowed to play soccer in their gym like boys can, what do we do then?

Ian Wright

The former England striker, who works as a pundit for the BBC, hopes the success of the women’s team will help change attitudes and leave a strong legacy for football in the country.

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