England are waiting to face who they will face in the Euro final after defeating Sweden

England are waiting for the winners of Wednesday’s match between Germany and France and after defeating Sweden to reach the Euro 2022 final.

The hosts beat the world’s second team 4-0 at Bramall Lane on Tuesday to advance to their first major women’s final since 2009.

Tournament top scorer Beth Meade took Sarina Wigman’s team to Sunday’s Wembley final 34 minutes later, after which Lucy Bronze doubled the lead.

Substitute Alessia Russo added a brilliant third heel strike as Fran Kirby made it 4-0 late.

Sweden started well when Stina Blackstenius hit the crossbar, but the Lionesses ended up being too strong when Lauren Hemp also rumbled through the wood.

Wigman celebrates another triumph


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England manager Sarina Wigman, who has won 17 of her 19 matches so far, thinks the world will take notice of her side’s amazing performance in the semi-finals.

“In the second half we completely took over,” said Wigman, who also led Holland to Euro success five years ago.

“You said that you are ready to write history, and I think that this is a small story.

“This result will go around the whole of Europe and the world. It was such a performance that everyone will be talking about us tomorrow.”

Rousseau Reflects on ‘Naughty’ Strike

Rousseau’s goal drew a lot of comment due to its apparent audacity, but the player herself admitted that luck was to blame. The Manchester United striker ventured back into goal in the 68th minute, and her efforts escaped Hedwig Lindahl’s grasp.

She said: “I was a little upset, I missed the sitter Lauren (Hemp) played, so I thought, ‘I’m going to have to do something about it.’ Luckily it fell out to me, I thought it was the fastest way to the goal, so I hit it and hoped.”

Mid, whose previous strike had been her sixth of the tournament, had more confidence in her.

Mead said, “The instinct to hit the heel and through the legs so fast to the goalkeeper was a very naughty goal.”

Germany fears French threat


Germany Coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg fears French power (Nick Potts/PA)

Attention will turn to Milton Keynes on Wednesday as Germany and France battle each other for the right to face England at Wembley.

Germany may have history on their side as an eight-time champion, but France, for the first time in the last four, has shown a threat in this tournament.

Germany coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg said: “I think everyone saw in the group stages and in the quarter-finals that France has a very strong team that can find good solutions to get out of pressure.

“They focus on their transition play because they have a high pace as a team and they put most of their attacking play down the flanks.”

France coach Corine Diacre also believes her team can make an impact.

“My players are confident,” she said. “The mentality of my group was really exceptional in the quarter-finals because they didn’t give up.”

Picture of the day


Sweden goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl is frustrated after failing to stop a shot by Fran Kirby to give England a 4-0 lead (Danny Lawson/PA)

Daily statistics

Mead scored six goals and provided five more assists in her five matches.


Mead scores his team’s first goal of Tuesday Night’s game (Nick Potts/PA)

Quote of the Day

Whatever happens in the final now, if girls are not allowed to play football in PE, like boys, what do we do?Ian Wright

The former England men’s striker, who is a BBC pundit, hopes the women’s team’s success will help change attitudes and leave a strong legacy in the country.

Message of the day


July 27

Semi-final: Germany – France (20:00, MK Stadium, Milton Keynes)