Sheffield welcomes an intriguing Euro 2022 semi-final on Tuesday night as a confident and expectant England side take on Sweden at Bramall Lane (kick-off 8pm BST) with a place in Sunday’s showpiece up for grabs.
England swept the group stage, scoring a record 14 unanswered goals against Austria, Norway and Northern Ireland, but nearly left their home tournament in the quarter-finals when they led the Spain 1-0 with six minutes remaining. Ella Toon considerably equalized and Georgia Stanwaythe superb goal picked up a 2-1 win after extra time.
Sweden had a slow start to the tournament with a 1-1 draw with the Netherlands followed by a scrappy 2-1 win over Switzerland and although they hit their braces with a 5-0 win over the Portugal lead Group C, just a 90th minute Linda Sembrant goal allowed them to beat Belgium 1-0 in the quarter-finals – although the Swedes managed 33 shots in this contest. And coach Peter Gerhardsson savors the opportunity of the semi-final.
“There is enormous strength in our individuals, which makes us a strong group,” he explained. “England did very well. [even if] they had some problems with Austria. It will be a huge and fantastic experience to play a semi-final against England in England – wow!”
Here’s everything you need to know:
When is England vs Sweden?
The match will kick off at 20:00 GMT on Tuesday, July 26. It will be played at Bramall Lane in Sheffield.
How can I watch it?
It will be shown live on BBC One, with coverage starting at 7.25pm. It will also be streamed live on the BBC iPlayer and BBC Sport website.
What’s the team news?
England have named an unchanged squad for every Euro 2022 game so far and, injury-free, Sarina Wiegman has the opportunity to do so again. Alessia Russo and Ella Toone have impressed on the bench on several occasions and could theoretically start ahead of Ellen White and Fran Kirby respectively, while left-back Rachel Daly had a torrid spell against Spain meaning Alex Greenwood could start ahead of her, but Wiegman is most likely to stay with the XI that has brought her this far – and allow substitutes to continue to impact games off the bench.
Sweden’s problems mainly revolve around Covid-19, with Hanna Glas, Emma Kullberg and Jonna Andersson all missing out on the quarter-final win over Belgium after testing positive. Provided the trio are available, Glas and Andersson will likely start as two full-backs, but the rest of the squad are expected to be unchanged, including a front three of Johanna Rytting Kaneryd, Fridolina Rolfo and Stina Blackstenius, although that Rolfo finds it difficult to influence the proceedings against the Flammes Rouges.
England XI: Ears ; Bronze, brilliant, Williamson, Daly; Walsh, Stanway; Kirby; Hemp, white, mead
Sweden XI: Lindahl; Glas, Ilestedt, Eriksson, Andersson; Angeldahl, Asllani, Bjorn; Rytting Kaneryd, Rolfo, Blackstenius
England’s record in semi-finals at major tournaments is risky, but in Wiegman they have the ultimate tournament manager and they are a side bristling with confidence and self-belief. The lionesses are a better team than Sweden and should be able to get the job done. England 3-1 Sweden
England vs Sweden prediction: How will the Euro 2022 match go?
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