England looking to make history against longtime foe Germany in Euro 2022 final

England could win their first major trophy in women’s football as they look to defeat old enemies Germany in Sunday’s Euro 2022 final.

At Wembley, the Lionesses will go in search of their first trophy, and their rivals have won the European Women’s Championship at least eight times.

England boss Sarina Wigman knows how to win the competition after leading her native Holland to glory five years ago, and here the PA news agency is looking at a buildup.

Leah strives to make a lasting impression

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Leah Williamson aims to be the second player to lead England to a big honour. (Gareth Fuller/Pennsylvania)

While Sunday’s final could be a huge step forward in supporting women’s football in England, captain Leah Williamson wants to see a much more far-reaching effect.

The Arsenal defender will lead the Lionesses out as he seeks to use his newfound status to promote equality in society at large.

“What we have already seen in the tournament is that it was a change not only for women’s football, but for society in general, it is the way we are looked at,” she said.

“The end is not the end of the road, but its beginning. And regardless of the final result, there will be a pleasant moment for reflection. Naturally my job is to play 90 minutes and win, but when we look back at this tournament as a whole, we really started something. I want tomorrow to be the beginning, the marker of the future.

“I’ve only ever been in a football workplace, but in most jobs around the world, women still have a few more battles to try to overcome. For every success we have, for every shift in judgment or perception, or the opening of the eyes of someone who will now view women as someone who could potentially be the equal of their male counterpart, it can bring about a change in society.”

Voss-Tecklenburg wants women’s football to take a step forward

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Germany head coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg calls Euro 2022 final a ‘dream’ (Nigel French/PA)

Germany boss Martina Voss-Tecklenburg believes the dream final provides the platform needed to take women’s football to the next level.

Finishing top of Group B, Voss-Tecklenburg beat Austria in the quarter-finals and France in their last four matches to clash with the hosts at Wembley.

With tickets sold out and a large TV audience expected, Voss-Tecklenburg believes the bout provides an ideal chance to further develop the sport.

“(Women’s football) will only win if everything that happens in Europe with Germany and England ends in a sustainable way,” said the head coach of the German national team.

“Something must go on, this must be a chance for all countries to take the next steps for women’s football – if not now, then when will it happen?”

Golden boot contenders

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Beth Mead goals lead England to Euro 2022 victory (Martin Rickett/PA)

The tournament’s top scorers face each other at Wembley, with Beth Mead and Alexandra Popp scoring six goals each and they can easily determine which one of them will come out on top on Sunday night.

Meade has moved from Olympic exile to England out of necessity, and the Arsenal striker is enjoying a fine tournament.

Popp has a history of injury but enjoys the 2022 final and scored twice in Germany’s semi-final victory over France.

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England’s Lauren Hemp, Rachel Daly and Chloe Kelly prepare for the Euro 2022 final at Wembley Stadium (Nigel French/Pennsylvania)

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We have worked the penalty, we are ready for anything. If this happens, we are ready.Sarina Wigman

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Final: England v Germany (17:00, Wembley Stadium, London)