England Girls will get their shot at silverware on Sunday as they booked their first Euro ultimate since 2009 with a scintillating Four-Zero victory over Sweden at Bramall Lane. So who stood out for Sarina Wiegman’s facet?
Mary Earps – 9
Was stored busy from minute one. It took a superb save to disclaim Sofia Jakobsson as England had been caught napping early on, whereas she additionally rebuffed an expeditious effort from Stina Blackstenius. She has not put a glove mistaken all match and that continued in opposition to Sweden – great improvisation additionally ensured Blackstenius was thwarted within the second half with a sensational fingertip save. Commanding.
Millie Vivid – 7
Solely seemed beneath risk for the primary 10 minutes of the tie, however was far more safe after England rode an early wave of stress. Her relationship with Leah Williamson is the bedrock of the Lionesses’ spectacular defensive stability.
Leah Williamson – eight
Assured. Not far more to say. Companions Vivid completely on the coronary heart of the defence and is a big a part of the rationale England have solely been breached as soon as this match. A real captain’s efficiency.
Rachel Daly – 7
Assured first-half efficiency – many thought she would possibly miss out after a nervy show in opposition to Spain. Seemed promising going ahead in patches and mixed properly with Lauren Hemp. Additionally held her personal bodily.
Lucy Bronze – 7
Caught out a number of occasions by the tempo of Fridolina Rolfo, however offered the help for Beth Mead’s opener and scored England’s second. She was uncovered by Sweden’s first-half technique, overloading the left channel and exploiting the area vacated. Her affect within the ultimate third, although, was pivotal and her recreation administration is all the time wonderful.
Georgia Stanway – 7
So reliable. Her objective within the final spherical stole the headlines and rightly so. She’s the rationale England are on this place. She did not fairly hit the identical heights in opposition to Sweden however is constantly regular. She was completely satisfied to disrupt Sweden’s rhythm in midfield and stopped provide into Blackstenius and Kosovare Asllani – the latter’s affect was severely lowered after the break.
Keira Walsh – eight
Dispossessed all the things in her path. Does not typically seize the headlines however is such an vital a part of England’s success. Highly effective, authoritative and calm and composed on the ball. Her vary of passing additionally goes unnoticed subsequent to the exuberant Stanway, however she’s equally as adept at selecting a helpful go. There in all probability wasn’t a blade of the Sheffield grass she did not cowl.
Lauren Hemp – 6
Missed a gaping objective when teed up by Alessia Russo within the second half, however labored tirelessly. She hustled and harried all through however did not get the rub of the inexperienced in entrance of objective. She’s undoubtedly a risk, however undoubtedly has extra to present – what has she saved for the ultimate showpiece?
Beth Mead – 7
Not fairly as poised in possession as normal, however her contact in entrance of objective was as infallible as ever. Scored the opening objective, arguably in opposition to the run of play, as Sweden loved a optimistic opening 45 minutes. The end was symptomatic of a participant within the type of her life. Her objective modified the dynamic of the tie and she or he delivered the nook for Bronze’s headed objective – the Golden Boot is properly within reach and she or he’s already overtaken Jodie Taylor’s 5 scored at Euro 2017, with a recreation to go.
Fran Kirby – eight
Executed the playmaker function admirably, utilizing her adhesive contact to choose pockets of area and invite gamers to affix assaults. Her hold-up play was essential for England’s second objective, feeding Hemp, who received the nook that offered the chance. She then scored the Lionesses’ fourth with a cheeky lob to safeguard victory. The cherry on a really candy cake.
Ellen White – 5
Didn’t make a lot of an affect, however had a few first-half probabilities – owing to some intelligent motion. Was changed by Alessia Russo earlier than the hour-mark however by no means stopped working. Her place would possibly, solely would possibly, be beneath risk such is the brilliance of Russo.
Alessia Russo (for Ellen White, 57) – 9
Tremendous sub strikes once more! A ridiculously audacious end, which shocked each onlooker inside Bramall Lane. She teed up Hemp inside seconds of coming into the sector, earlier than scoring with a back-flick that fooled Hedvig Lindahl into submission. Her introduction has all the time been impactful, however her ending is changing into arduous to miss. She could not do any extra to earn a beginning place.
Ella Toone (for Fran Kirby, 79) – 7
Did not have an enormous period of time to make an affect however went about her work diligently. She is all the time a bundle of power from the bench and has performed a significant half in England’s success up to now. Anticipate to see the ahead characteristic, not directly, throughout Sunday’s Wembley ultimate.
Chloe Kelly (for Beth Mead, 86) – n/a
Jill Scott (for Georgia Stanway, 87) – n/a
Alex Greenwood (for Rachel Daly, 87) – n/a
The knock-out part…
Wednesday July 20
Quarter-final 1: England 2-1 Spain (AET)
Thursday July 21
Quarter-final 2: Germany 2-0 Austria
Friday July 22
Quarter-final three: Sweden 1-0 Belgium
Saturday July 23
Quarter-final Four: France 1-0 Netherlands (AET)
Tuesday July 26
Semi-final 1: England 4-0 Sweden
Wednesday July 27
Semi-final 2: Germany vs France – kick-off 8pm, Stadium MK
Sunday July 31
England vs Germany or France – kick-off 5pm, Wembley
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