Euro 2022: England will not worry Sweden, says former Lionesses ahead Kelly Smith

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England will not worry Sweden, says former England ahead Kelly Smith, after they wanted a last-minute objective to defeat Belgium within the Euro 2022 quarter-finals.

“England are this considering we will take this Sweden aspect,” mentioned Smith on BBC Two.

“They’ve received the sport, however they have not impressed me tonight.”

The world quantity two aspect will play England within the semi-final on Tuesday at Bramall Lane in Sheffield.

Coming into the match towards Belgium as robust favourites, Sweden had 33 makes an attempt on objective, eight of which had been on the right track whereas Stina Blackstenius had an early objective chalked off for offside earlier than Linda Sembrant’s 92nd-minute winner noticed them by.

Belgium had been dogged in defence and labored tirelessly to quell Sweden’s press, however Smith mentioned Sweden, who wasted likelihood after likelihood, lacked “innovative” within the remaining third.

“England might be very proud of what they’ve seen tonight as a result of Sweden do not look medical in entrance of objective – I wasn’t impressed with the creativity and the size up entrance. It is simply not clicking for them,” she added.

Studying striker Natasha Dowie, who was a part of BBC Radio 5 Stay’s protection, recommended England could have what it takes to beat the Olympic silver medallists, who could have two days fewer to organize than the Lionesses.

“Sweden must discover a second gear if they’re going to compete with England as a result of England look a lot stronger – they are going to be assured.

“Evaluate the England sport towards Spain, the standard and distinction between the 2 video games is very large. The sport tonight was fairly boring, missing in high quality and sluggish. You count on extra from Sweden,” she mentioned.

England sport might be ‘completely totally different’

Everton midfielder Izzy Christiansen, who was alongside Dowie on BBC Radio 5 Stay, mentioned Sweden have gotten “loads of work to do” to have the ability to compete with Sarina Wiegman’s Lionesses.

“The way in which England can play out from the again, with Keira Walsh and Leah Williamson, England will carve by them in the event that they press like that once more.

“Sweden want their greater gamers to show up towards England. The backline must sharpen up towards Beth Mead and Lauren Hemp,” she mentioned.

However Sweden had been with out key gamers Hanna Glas and Emma Kullberg in addition to captain Caroline Seger, who was consigned to the bench with a heel damage.

Arsenal supervisor Jonas Eidevall, a part of the punditry group on BBC Two, mentioned he was shocked on the lack of modifications from Sweden supervisor Peter Gerhardsson and mentioned Seger “should not be match” after she did not even seem instead.

He agreed with Smith that it was not a formidable Sweden efficiency, however mentioned that the sport towards the Lionesses might be “completely totally different”.

“England are the group that may attempt to be attacking and create, and that matches Sweden higher. The video games to date haven’t fitted Sweden so nicely with the best way they play,” he mentioned.

“The huge gamers that England have – Mead, Hemp and Chloe Kelly – you possibly can’t permit them to get this a lot house, so I feel Sweden will use three central defenders to at all times give back-up to the wing-backs.

“It’ll be a really totally different sport – they should be actually strong defensively and have sufficient numbers to play out from England’s press, as a result of England will press much more than Belgium did as we speak.”

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