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England Ladies will get their shot at silverware on Sunday as they booked their first...

England Ladies will get their shot at silverware on Sunday as they booked their first Euro closing since 2009 with a scintillating 4-Zero victory over Sweden at Bramall Lane. So who stood out for Sarina Wiegman’s aspect?

Mary Earps – 9

Was saved busy from minute one. It took an excellent save to disclaim Sofia Jakobsson as England had been caught napping early on, whereas she additionally rebuffed an expeditious effort from Stina Blackstenius. She has not put a glove unsuitable all match and that continued in opposition to Sweden – great improvisation additionally ensured Blackstenius was thwarted within the second half with a sensational fingertip save. Commanding.

Picture: Beth Mead and Lauren Hemp be a part of Fran Kirby (centre) in celebrating her aim that put England 4-Zero forward in opposition to Sweden

Millie Brilliant – 7

Solely appeared below risk for the primary 10 minutes of the tie, however was way more safe after England rode an early wave of stress. Her relationship with Leah Williamson is the bedrock of the Lionesses’ spectacular defensive stability.

Leah Williamson – 8

Assured. Not way more to say. Companions Brilliant completely on the coronary heart of the defence and is a big a part of the rationale England have solely been breached as soon as this match. A real captain’s efficiency.

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Rachel Daly – 7

Assured first-half efficiency – many thought she may miss out after a nervy show in opposition to Spain. Appeared promising going ahead in patches and mixed effectively with Lauren Hemp. Additionally held her personal bodily.

Lucy Bronze – 7

Lucy Bronze celebrates scoring England's second goal against Sweden in the Euro 2022 semi-final at Bramall Lane
Picture: Lucy Bronze celebrates scoring England’s second aim in opposition to Sweden

Caught out a couple of occasions by the tempo of Fridolina Rolfo, however supplied the help for Beth Mead’s opener and scored England’s second. She was uncovered by Sweden’s first-half technique, overloading the left channel and exploiting the house vacated. Her affect within the closing third, although, was pivotal and her sport administration is all the time wonderful.

Georgia Stanway – 7

So reliable. Her aim within the final spherical stole the headlines and rightly so. She’s the rationale England are on this place. She did not fairly hit the identical heights in opposition to Sweden however is constantly regular. She was blissful to disrupt Sweden’s rhythm in midfield and stopped provide into Blackstenius and Kosovare Asllani – the latter’s affect was severely diminished after the break.

Keira Walsh – 8

Beth Mead celebrates with Keira Walsh
Picture: Beth Mead celebrates with Keira Walsh

Dispossessed all the things in her path. Would not usually seize the headlines however is such an vital a part of England’s success. Highly effective, authoritative and calm and composed on the ball. Her vary of passing additionally goes unnoticed subsequent to the exuberant Stanway, however she’s equally as adept at choosing a helpful move. There most likely wasn’t a blade of the Sheffield grass she did not cowl.

Lauren Hemp – 6

Missed a gaping aim when teed up by Alessia Russo within the second half, however labored tirelessly. She hustled and harried all through however did not get the rub of the inexperienced in entrance of aim. She’s undoubtedly a risk, however undoubtedly has extra to offer – what has she saved for the ultimate showpiece?

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Beth Mead – 7

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Beth Mead on how her opening aim helped to settle England

Not fairly as poised in possession as normal, however her contact in entrance of aim was as infallible as ever. Scored the opening aim, arguably in opposition to the run of play, as Sweden loved a optimistic opening 45 minutes. The end was symptomatic of a participant within the type of her life. Her aim modified the dynamic of the tie and she delivered the nook for Bronze’s headed aim – the Golden Boot is effectively within reach and she’s already overtaken Jodie Taylor’s 5 scored at Euro 2017, with a sport to go.

Fran Kirby – 8

Executed the playmaker position admirably, utilizing her adhesive contact to choose pockets of house and invite gamers to affix assaults. Her hold-up play was essential for England’s second aim, feeding Hemp, who gained the nook that supplied the chance. She then scored the Lionesses’ fourth with a cheeky lob to safeguard victory. The cherry on a really candy cake.

England's Fran Kirby duels for the ball with Sweden's Nathalie Bjoern
Picture: England’s Fran Kirby duels for the ball with Sweden’s Nathalie Bjoern

Ellen White – 5

Didn’t make a lot of an impression, however had a few first-half probabilities – owing to some intelligent motion. Was changed by Alessia Russo earlier than the hour-mark however by no means stopped working. Her place may, solely may, be below risk such is the brilliance of Russo.


Alessia Russo (for Ellen White, 57) – 9

Tremendous sub strikes once more! A ridiculously audacious end, which shocked each onlooker inside Bramall Lane. She teed up Hemp inside seconds of getting into the sphere, earlier than scoring with a back-flick that fooled Hedvig Lindahl into submission. Her introduction has all the time been impactful, however her ending is turning into exhausting to miss. She could not do any extra to earn a beginning place.

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Ella Toone (for Fran Kirby, 79) – 7

Did not have an enormous period of time to make an impression however went about her work diligently. She is all the time a bundle of vitality from the bench and has performed a serious half in England’s success so far. Anticipate to see the ahead function, not directly, throughout Sunday’s Wembley closing.

Chloe Kelly (for Beth Mead, 86) – n/a

Jill Scott (for Georgia Stanway, 87) – n/a

Alex Greenwood (for Rachel Daly, 87) – n/a

The knock-out section…


Wednesday July 20

Quarter-final 1: England 2-1 Spain (AET)

Thursday July 21

Quarter-final 2: Germany 2-0 Austria

Friday July 22

Quarter-final 3: Sweden 1-0 Belgium

Saturday July 23

Quarter-final 4: France 1-0 Netherlands (AET)


Tuesday July 26

Semi-final 1: England 4-0 Sweden

Wednesday July 27

Semi-final 2: Germany vs France – kick-off 8pm, Stadium MK


Sunday July 31

England vs Germany or France – kick-off 5pm, Wembley

Follow Euro 2022 across Sky Sports

Sky Sports activities Information and Sky Sports activities’ digital platforms might be following each step of England’s Euro 2022 journey forward of Sunday’s closing.

On the street, the Sky Sports activities Information Cellular Presentation bus will proceed to carry you all the very best company and evaluation from the likes of Karen Carney, Sue Smith, Courtney Sweetman-Kirk and Laura Bassett providing their skilled perception. The bus will head to Wembley for the ultimate.

Throughout, the Sky Sports activities App and on social media, we’ll have all the large moments lined with our previews, options, stories, evaluation, plus the Sky Sports Women’s Euros podcast with Sky Sports’ senior football journalist Charlotte Marsh and Sky Sports News reporter Anton Toloui.

And in case you’re new to the England squad, don’t be concerned – here’s our guide to meeting the Lionesses.