Euro 2022 LIVE: England vs Sweden team news and line-ups tonight

England were preparing for a ‘difficult’ semi-final against Sweden at Euro 2022

England play Sweden in the Euro 2022 semi-finals at Bramall Lane tonight and know they are just two wins away from lifting their first-ever major tournament trophy.

The Lionesses swept through the group stage, netting a record 14 no-response goals against Austria, Norway and Northern Ireland, but came dangerously close to leaving their home tournament in the quarter-finals when they were 1-0 down at Spain’s Ella Toone with six minutes remaining equalized dramatically and Georgia Stanway’s impressive goal secured a 2-1 win after extra time.

The hosts are roared at by another sold-out home crowd, but their semi-final history at major tournaments does not bode well – defeats at the 1987, 1995 and 2013 European Championships combined with defeats at the 2015 and 2019 World Cups for a record five losses to just two wins (Euro 1984 and 2009). Boss Sarina Wiegman named an unchanged team for the fifth straight game at the tournament, with Leah Williamson captaining defense and Ellen White leading the line.

Follow the latest updates from the Lionesses Euro 2022 semifinals:

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Thoughts from Kosovare Asllani ahead of the game

Sweden striker and captain Kosovare Asllani expects a special game tonight as her side take on the Euro 2022 hosts.

“It will be two teams that want to play attacking football.” She said: “At the same time, we believe it will be a game that suits us. Playing against home is a special feeling and an exciting feeling.”

“They are good defensively and offensively, but in our squad [we have that] to. We are excited. We’ll play against a fantastic team, but at the same time we know it will be special to play against the host country.”

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England versus Sweden

England are attempting to reach the final of the European Women’s Championship for the third time when they meet 1984 winners Sweden tonight.

One of the pre-tournament favourites, the Lionesses have never lifted the trophy but their performances have encouraged fans to believe they could win a major tournament for the first time.

They beat Norway 8-0 in the group stage and reached the last four after beating Spain 2-1 in extra time after coming from behind.

Sweden, second in Fifa behind the USA and thus top-ranked team at Euro 2022, scraped through to the semi-finals thanks to an injury-time goal against Belgium.

However, they are undefeated in this campaign as well and have gotten stronger with every game you’ve played.

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Supporters reach Bramall Lane

The stadium begins to fill up as the various fans arrive at Bramall Lane. Tonight’s game is again a sell-out and England are hoping the crowd’s cheers, chants and songs will be the boost they need to get them through a difficult game.

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England versus Sweden

As expected, Sarina Wiegman names an unchanged starting eleven for the fifth game in a row. Ellen White leads the line with Lauren Hemp, Fran Kirby, and Beth Mead the other attacking threats.

Sweden head coach Peter Gerhardsson makes two changes. Johanna Rytting Kaneryd and Amanda Nilden are replaced by Sofia Jakobsson and Hanna Glas.

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Lineup Sweden

Sweden XI: Lindahl, Ilestedt, Sembrant, Eriksson, Glas, Angedal, Asllani, Björn, Rolfo, Blackstenius, Jakobsson

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England lineup

England XI: Earps, Bronze, Bright, Williamson, Daly, Stanway, Walsh, Mead, Kirby, Hemp, White

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Can Sweden reach the final?

Sweden led Group C with seven points and finished first ahead of the Netherlands on goal difference.

Blågult have won their last three games at Euro 2022 after a 1-1 draw against Oranje in their opening game. They were able to record four consecutive women’s European Championship victories for the first time.

Sweden had just one win in their last six EURO knockout games before beating Belgium 1-0 in the quarter-finals on 22 July.

They have won just three of their last 10 women’s EURO games in the knockout rounds.

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Euro 2022: England’s head coach Sarina Wiegman only thinks of “the now” before the semi-finals of Sweden

Sarina Wiegman insisted that ahead of the Euro 2022 semi-finals, only the present matters, despite her impressive record against Sweden and England’s recent defeats in the last four major international tournaments.

The Lionesses have a chance to win a major international tournament for the first time in Sunday’s final if they beat the highest-ranking side at this Euro’s tournament on Tuesday night at Bramall Lane.

Having fallen at that hurdle in each of their last three tournament appearances, England now have the opportunity to reach their first final since Euro 2009, when they finished second to Germany.

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Wiegman’s England

England’s Euro 2022 campaign has taken the Lionesses’ best streak to date to 18 games, all played under boss Sarina Wiegman (16 wins, two draws).

During that time they have scored 100 goals and conceded only four.

Of those 18 wins, Wiegman’s Lionesses also kept 14 clean sheets. They will be a formidable opponent for Sweden tonight.

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England face the burden of history in the semi-final against Sweden

England will look to improve on their record of semi-finals in major tournaments when they meet Sweden at Euro 2022 on Tuesday.

The Lionesses have left the last three major tournaments in the semifinals, the 2015 and 2019 World Cups and Euro 2017.

Their overall record has shown them winning two out of seven semi-finals and finishing runners-up at Euro 1984 and 2009.

Here the PA news agency looks back at England’s history at this stage.

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