England hope to ‘encourage nation’ in Euro semis

The England ladies are hoping to “encourage the nation” of their Euro semifinal in opposition to Sweden at Bramall Lane in Sheffield on Tuesday with their bid to win the trophy for the primary time, coach Sarina Wiegman mentioned.

The Lionesses reached the final 4 after Georgia Stanway scored with a beautiful extra-time strike to earn them a 2-1 win over Spain final Wednesday within the quarterfinals.

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“The England workforce is able to play the perfect recreation tomorrow in opposition to Sweden,” Wiegman advised forward of their conflict with Sweden (watch live on ESPN2 at 3 p.m. ET on Tuesday). “Hopefully we encourage the nation.

“We have ready for all the pieces. We have talked about each state of affairs that may occur, so I believe we’re ready for all the pieces.”

Wiegman mentioned a “very tough” recreation awaited England as Sweden, who they haven’t crushed at a serious match since 1984, are effectively organised and really skilled.

“We’re England. We’ve got Sweden as our opponents tomorrow. They’ve a really sturdy squad, so can we. We simply hope we’ll play our type of recreation and get the win,” Weigman mentioned. “Everybody simply has to remain centered on the sport plan and, as a lot as they pose a menace, it is a couple of collective.

“Each recreation is a special recreation and so they at all times carry out on the highest degree in tournaments. They’re No. 2 on the planet and it will be a very powerful recreation.”

Wiegman hoped the followers would play an enormous position in serving to England attain the ultimate in opposition to Germany or France, who meet on Wednesday, within the best-ever attended version of the match.

“Reaching the semifinal has been actually nice already. We noticed we introduced a variety of inspiration however the followers gave us a variety of inspiration too,” Wiegman added. “I hope the followers are going to deliver us numerous vitality once more. We’ll try this ourselves, however it actually was an additional dimension they gave us in these final video games.”

Nonetheless, Sweden striker Kosovare Asllani mentioned her underdog facet will not be intimidated by England or their overwhelming help.

“It is going to be two groups that need to play tag in soccer. We have seen England taking part in improbable soccer thus far within the match however we expect it’s a recreation that may swimsuit us,” Asllani mentioned. “We’re Sweden, we like to run and that is what we’ll do tomorrow.

“Clearly England have residence help, however now we have finished it earlier than. We performed in opposition to Brazil within the Maracana in 2016, with solely Brazilian followers. We’re anticipating a full stadium with English supporters.”

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