Sarina Wiegman: England boss says ‘mentality is good’ for Euro 2022 semi-final with Sweden

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England supervisor Sarina Wiegman mentioned the “mentality has been actually good” from her gamers as they put together for a fourth successive main event semi-final on Tuesday.

The final three have led to defeat, however Wiegman mentioned her group are “sturdy” as they meet Sweden at Bramall Lane.

England got here from behind in additional time to beat Spain of their Euro 2022 quarter-final to achieve the final 4.

“I’ve solely seen good mentality,” mentioned Wiegman, who took over in September.

The 52-year-old, who led the Netherlands to the title in 2017, added: “The arrogance within the group has grown, the resilience is sweet.

“We’re actually accountable for one another. We’re actually sturdy and we will deal with some setbacks.”

England face Olympic silver medallists Sweden, the highest-ranked facet within the competitors, for a spot in Wembley’s last on 31 July.

The Lionesses haven’t performed in a significant event last since they misplaced within the 2009 Euros to Germany – and have been additionally overwhelmed 4-3 on penalties by Sweden within the 1984 showpiece after a 1-1 draw over two legs.

“I feel it is going to be a really tight recreation,” Wiegman added. “They’ve at all times carried out very well. It’ll be troublesome, completely completely different to what we confronted in opposition to Spain.

“We’re very excited in fact. Everyone seems to be so targeted and so excited. We simply hope we will play our fashion of play and we will win.

“We’re conscious of their strengths. It will likely be two opponents who’re actually equal so we’re ready.”

Wiegman wouldn’t be drawn on the earlier disappointments for England, insisting she was getting ready the squad for the “right here and now”.

“It’s a necessity to be within the now. I feel you need to study out of your experiences, nevertheless it’s no use to speak about that now,” added the Dutchwoman.

“Reaching the semi-finals have been actually nice already. We simply give attention to [Tuesday] and that is what it’s. I hope the followers will create us a lot of vitality. We hope we’ll make them proud once more.”

‘We’re on a brand new journey’

England defender Millie Vibrant additionally mentioned it was “onerous to match” earlier semi-finals and they’re on a “clear slate” at Euro 2022.

The Lionesses are unbeaten in 18 matches underneath Wiegman and have conceded only one objective thus far within the competitors.

“We’re on a brand new journey. The kids have skilled large losses with their golf equipment so everybody has these experiences in numerous methods,” added Vibrant.

“Every semi-final is completely different. We wish to preserve constructing our confidence. I feel our resilience in every recreation is rising each time, however we’ll struggle from begin to end.

“We stay in our personal little bubble. All people says the stress is on us, however we keep targeted on what we have to do to remain within the video games.”

‘It will likely be our hardest recreation thus far’

Sweden have reached back-to-back Olympic finals and gained bronze on the 2019 World Cup, so it’s no shock they have been one of many pre-tournament favourites.

Nonetheless, England’s type within the group stage was spectacular and Sweden boss Peter Gerhardsson “accepts” the hosts could also be thought-about favourites on this match.

He mentioned: “To be favorite, meaning what you’ve completed. If in case you have completed good issues then you definately may be the favorite – and you need to deal with it.

“I feel it is higher in time to be the favorite as a result of then you’ve completed good issues. It’s everybody’s opinion, I settle for all the pieces.”

Gerhardsson mentioned his facet should play for the visiting followers “in our hearts”, however is anticipating heavy help for an England facet determined to win the event on house soil.

“Typically once you’re not performing effectively, the house followers can get in your again,” he added. “It is not going to occur tomorrow, they may help England all the best way.

“It is a chance for them to have the individuals right here, naturally. In our coronary heart we’ll play for [the visiting fans] and the entire Swedes sitting at house watching the sport there.”

Chelsea captain Magdalena Eriksson will come up in opposition to a number of of her membership team-mates when she traces up for Sweden and the defender has been “actually impressed” by England’s shows thus far.

“It will likely be our hardest recreation thus far,” she mentioned. “We’re so prepared. This recreation is what we have been dreaming for and reaching the subsequent stage. We’ll do all the pieces we will.

“Reaching the ultimate, that is all we dream of. The trail there could be superb, however in fact I do know a whole lot of the English ladies and the stadium shall be stuffed. Successful could be so cool, however I feel it might’ve been irrespective of who we confronted.”

Requested how Sweden will cope with the group, Eriksson added: “It advantages England, nevertheless it’ll be additional stress for them to play effectively and we’ll exit to do all the pieces we probably can to make it troublesome for them.”

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