England vs Spain LIVE: Euro 2022 team news, line-ups and more tonight as Sarina Wiegman has been cleared to return

Covid-stricken Sarina Wiegman is ‘very hopeful’ of reaching the English Euros quarter-finals

Euro 2022 has reached the knockout rounds and England are first in line to try to get into the last four when they meet Spain in the quarter-finals at Brighton’s Amex Stadium. Both nations were seen as potential winners early in the competition, particularly ahead of Spain midfielder Alexia Putellas’ long-running knee injury, while Germany, Sweden and the Netherlands also remain in the knockout stages and will hope to go the distance.

In the group stage, England beat Austria, Norway and Northern Ireland without conceding a single goal, but this is where the real tests begin for Sarina Wiegman’s side. The head coach will also be back on the touchlines after recovering from Covid, although goalkeeper Hannah Hampton has now tested positive.

Spain finished second in Group B behind Germany, beating Denmark and Finland despite knowing they had to improve from that point to progress in the competition.

Follow the latest news, preparations and line-ups ahead of England vs Spain at Euro 2022 below:


Euro 2022 group stage recap: Group D

France qualified as group winners with one game to go, largely thanks to a five-star performance in their opening game against Italy. Les Bleues scored five goals from 14 tries in the first 45 minutes but only managed three goals from the next 46 shots in the remaining two and a half games.

Italy finished bottom of the group, despite being second to France in terms of possession, shots on goal and number of attacks. Italy was the tournament’s most wasteful team, scoring just two goals in 55 shots.

Belgium took advantage of this and secured qualification with a 1-0 win against Italy on Monday night and scored with one of their two shots on goal. The Belgians finished with just 22 shots on goal – the lowest tally among the eight quarter-finalists.

Iceland were the only team to remain undefeated in the group stage, finishing outside the top two. They had just 42 percent possession in three games as goalkeeper Sandra Sigurdardottir made a tournament-best 17 saves in a series of impressive performances.


Euro 2022 group stage recap: Group C

Sweden and the Netherlands, second and fourth in the world rankings, were statistically in the only group where the battle for the top spot went all the way to the final.

Both teams had a total of 44 shots, 18 of which were on target, and managed eight goals and a 1-1 draw in the opening game, with Sweden winning the group on goal difference thanks to their superior defense.

Dutch goalkeeper Daphne van Domselaar, who was forced into action by captain Sari van Veenendaal in the opening game after suffering an early injury, has nonetheless performed impressively with 13 saves – only four goalkeepers in the tournament have made more.

Portugal impressed as a late substitute for Russia but conceded 10 goals from just 42 shots and 16 on target, while Switzerland gave up 131 attacks – the fourth-most in the group stage.


Euro 2022 group stage recap: Group B

Germany drew on England with three wins and three clean sheets, beating Spain to first place thanks to a 2-0 win between the teams, while Alexandra Popp scored in all three games – a feat that only Beth Mead of the Lionesses shares.

Spain defended Denmark for second place, with the Scandinavian side scoring just one goal from 36 shots in their three games, with just a quarter of them on target. Discipline also proved costly for the Danes as they finished fourth in fouls committed and had the most bookings, six, while only they and Belgium had sent off a player.

Spain lead in possession and attack, only the poor conversion rate – five goals from 62 attempts – prevents them from qualifying more comfortably.

Bottom-placed Finland managed just 15 shots overall, ahead of Northern Ireland (13) in this category.


Euro 2022 group stage recap: Group A

Norway were the surprise casualties of the first round, finishing third behind England and Austria, and their defensive record shows what went wrong.

The 8-0 defeat by the Lionesses was the most notable result and despite 115 attacks in midfield against them, Martin Sjögren’s side conceded five clear chances in their three games, according to official UEFA statistics.

That left group rivals Northern Ireland, the lowest-placed side of the tournament and one of only two teams to finish without a point, at the top of the group stage. Also, the only goals Norway scored came against the Minnows.

England marched to the top, scoring 14 goals from 69 shots for a tournament-high 20 percent conversion rate, while Austria secured their promotion by conceding just one goal in three games.


Russo thrives with England

Alessia Russo was directly involved in eight goals in her ten games for England, scoring seven goals and one assist.

Seven of her goals for the Lionesses have come on as a substitute (six goals, one assist), including twice the last time out against Northern Ireland.

In fact, after Lena Videkull in March 1995 (Sweden v Norway) and Fatmire Bajramaj in August 2009 (Germany v Norway), Russo became only the third player to score more than 2 goals in a match at the Women’s European Championship.



Russo on playing for England

Alessia Russo made her impression at Euro 2022, coming on as a substitute in England’s 5-0 win over Northern Ireland last time out and scoring a brace. The Manchester United striker has opened up about what playing for the Lionesses means to her.

“I enjoy every game in an England shirt, coming on and scoring is great. I’m looking forward to getting the three points and moving into the next stage of the tournament,” she said. “Luckily I was in the right place at the right time and was able to get them online. Of course I want to play every game for England, but I just have to be patient.

“The girls played brilliantly in the first half and second half, it took a while to break them but we knew they were going to put a block and sit deep but we broke them and scored the two goals , leading to half-time.”


Sarina Wiegman hopes the England team will be more ethnically diverse in the future

Sarina Wiegman hopes the England team will be more racially diverse in the longer term.

Former Lionesses defender Anita Asante believes the path to elite women’s football needs to be reformed to embrace greater diversity, given that only three of the 23 members of Wiegman’s Euro 2022 squad are from black, Asian or mixed backgrounds .

registered mail The guardSaid Asante, “Young girls who can’t see anyone who looks like they don’t have heroines to emulate — and that counts.”

She called for a more imaginative approach to scouting in urban and inner-city areas and more resources for the women’s football scouting network.


England under Wiegman

England have scored 93 goals in their 16 games under Sarina Wiegman, averaging 5.8 goals per game.

In fact, the Lionesses have conceded just three goals under Wiegman and have never kept 14 clean sheets in a game more than once.



Daly competing for places

Rachel Daly says competition for places on the England team is very strong and wanting to keep a role can make you a better player. Daly has played in all three games for England at the Euros this summer and has made the role of left-back her own, but she knows that could change, saying: “You don’t take anything for granted. The competition is so fierce and anyone can play any role. “It’s good for me but I just want to keep a clean sheet and keep winning. That’s all that counts.”

Speaking about being moved to the left side of the England setup, Daly replied: “Do you think I enjoy playing there?

“I enjoy it, I love it. I think it really suits my characteristics. But like I said, I’ll play any role I’m asked to play on the pitch.”

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Ellen White can change the way women’s football is thought about, claims Kelly Smith

A record Ellen White 2022 would trigger a paradigm shift in the perception of women’s football, says former England star Kelly Smith.

White could equal Wayne Rooney’s record 53 goals for England on Wednesday if she scores against Spain in the quarter-finals.

The Manchester City forward surpassed Smith’s 46-goal tally in November to become the Lionesses’ all-time leading scorer. A brace in England’s 8-0 group stage win over Norway saw him close in on Rooney’s total.

While White herself prefers to draw attention to the collective efforts of her top Group A squad, Smith, who has won 117 caps for England, was more than willing to rhapsodize about the Lionesses’ reticent pivot.

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