The hosts swept the world second team 4-0 at Bramall Lane on Tuesday to reach their first women’s grand final since 2009.
Tournament top scorer Beth Mead put Sarina Wiegman’s side on course for Sunday’s Wembley final after 34 minutes before becoming provider Lucy Bronze to double the lead.
Substitute Alessia Russo added a brilliant third with a backheel and Fran Kirby made it 4-0 with a late chip.
Sweden had started well with Stina Blackstenius hitting the bar but the Lionesses eventually proved too strong with Lauren Hemp also rocking the woodwork.
Wiegman celebrates another triumph
England coach Sarina Wiegman, who has now won 17 of her 19 matches in charge, thinks the world will sit up and take notice of her side’s superb performance in the semi-finals.
“In the second half we totally took over,” said Wiegman, who also guided the Netherlands to Euro success five years ago.
“You said are you ready to write the story and I think it’s a little story.
“This result will go around Europe and the world. It was such a performance that tomorrow everyone will be talking about us.
Russo ponders ‘naughty’ strike
Russo’s goal drew plenty of comment for its audacity, but the player herself admitted luck was involved. The Manchester United striker took a chance with her back to goal after 68 minutes and her effort squirmed through Hedvig Lindahl’s hug.
She said: “I was a bit bummed I missed out on the babysitter that Lauren (Hemp) starred in, so I thought, ‘I’m going to have to do something about that.’ fell on me, I thought it was the fastest way to the goal, so I hit it and hoped.
Mead, whose previous strike was his sixth of the tournament, gave him more credit.
Mead said: “The instinct to heel so quickly and through the keeper’s legs was a very wicked goal.”
Germany wary of French threat
Attention will turn to Milton Keynes on Wednesday as Germany and France battle it out for the right to meet England at Wembley.
Germany may have history on their side as eight-time champions, but France, in the quarter-finals for the first time, have proved a threat in this tournament.
Germany coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg said: “I think everyone saw in the group stage and in the quarter-finals that France have a very strong team that is able to find good solutions to take the pressure off.
“They are focusing on their game during the transition as they have a lot of rhythm in their squad and direct a lot of their attacking play towards the wings.”
France coach Corinne Deacon 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 let go.
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Mead has scored six goals and had five other assists in his five appearances so far.
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The former England men’s striker, who works as a pundit for the BBC, hopes the success of the women’s team will help change attitudes and leave a strong legacy to the game in the country.
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Semi-final: Germany – France (8 p.m., Stadium MK, Milton Keynes)
England wait to see who they will face in Euros final after demolishing Sweden
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