Euro 2022: England face Sweden in semi-final at Bramall Lane

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Date: Tuesday, 26 July Venue: Bramall Lane, Sheffield Kick-off: 20:00 BST
Protection: Watch on BBC One & BBC Sport web site, pay attention on BBC Radio 5 Stay, dwell textual content protection on the BBC Sport web site

England will try to achieve the European Ladies’s Championship ultimate for a 3rd time once they face 1984 winners Sweden on Tuesday.

The Lionesses, one of many pre-Euros favourites, have by no means received the trophy however their performances have raised expectations they might win a serious event for the primary time.

England thrashed Norway 8-0 within the group stage and reached the final 4 after coming from behind to defeat Spain in further time.

Sweden, second within the Fifa rankings behind the USA and subsequently the top-ranked group at Euro 2022, scraped by to the semi-finals courtesy of an injury-time aim towards Belgium.

The match takes place at Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane (kick-off 20:00 BST) and is dwell throughout the BBC.

What’s England’s document like towards Sweden?

In a phrase, stunning.

England and Sweden have confronted one another 26 instances, however the Lionesses have received simply three of these fixtures and crushed 15 instances. Solely towards Germany (21) have they suffered extra defeats.

The 2 sides have met seven instances beforehand within the Euros, however England have triumphed on just one event.

That 1-0 victory got here within the second leg of the inaugural ultimate in 1984, however you may guess what occurred from there – England have been crushed on penalties.

That was the one time Sweden have lifted the trophy. They have been crushed finalists in 1987 – once they have been seeking to defend the title – and once more in 1995 and 2001.

A capability crowd and a brand new TV viewers document?

Bramall Lane’s 32,000-seater stadium is anticipated to be full for the match towards Sweden, a mirrored image of how profitable the event has been in England.

The cumulative attendance document for a Ladies’s Euros was damaged in the course of the group stage, when there have been nonetheless 15 video games remaining.

A restricted variety of extra tickets have been positioned on sale for each semi-finals on Monday morning, however shortly snapped up.

Round 5,000 spectators are anticipated to attend the free fan park which has been arrange in Trafalgar Sq., London.

And thousands and thousands extra will watch dwell on BBC One, BBC iPlayer and the BBC Sport web site.

England’s dramatic 2-1 quarter-final win over Spain was watched by greater than 9 million throughout BBC One and the BBC’s streaming service – and this encounter may prime that determine.

The massive selections dealing with Wiegman

Consistency is vital or time to combine it up?

England are the one group to have named the identical beginning XI of their 4 video games to this point – and supervisor Sarina Wiegman will really feel vindicated by the outcomes.

Nevertheless, she would possibly really feel inclined to make modifications towards the Swedes, who have been silver medallists on the Olympic Video games final summer time and – like England – reached the final 4 of the 2019 World Cup.

Ellen White is one away from matching Wayne Rooney’s all-time goalscoring document of 53 for England, however the Manchester Metropolis striker may make manner for Alessia Russo.

The Manchester United ahead has impressed off the bench by scoring three objectives and supplied the all-important help for membership team-mate Ella Toone’s equaliser towards Spain final day out.

Wiegman might need a name to make at full-back too, with Alex Greenwood additionally impressing in its place after Rachel Daly endured a troublesome night towards Spain.

What they stated…

England ahead Fran Kirby: “Because the event has grown, we’ve been strolling down the river and seen individuals leaning over and going, ‘Effectively completed, women – we’re supporting you’.

“If we get the possibility to win within the semi-final and get by to the ultimate, I feel it is going to be unimaginable for individuals on this nation to have one thing to have fun and revel in. We wish to do this as a lot as doable.

“As a lot as we wish to win, we wish to put a smile on individuals’s faces. They might be going by a tough time by way of the gas prices and the price of dwelling now, so hopefully we may give individuals an escape for 90-plus minutes once they flip their TVs on.”

Sweden ahead Kosovare Asllani: “Will probably be two groups seeking to play attacking soccer. On the similar time we predict it is going to be a sport that fits us. Enjoying towards the house nation is a particular feeling and an thrilling feeling.

“They’re good defensively and offensively, however in our squad [we have that] too. We’re excited. We are going to play a implausible group however, on the similar time, we all know it is going to be particular to play towards the host nation.”

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