England vs Sweden player ratings: Super sub Alessia Russo shines as Lionesses book final Euro spot | Soccer News

The England women will get their chance on Sunday as they booked their first Euro final since 2009 with a scintillating 4-0 win over Sweden at Bramall Lane. So who stood out on the side of Sarina Wiegman?

Mary Earps – 9

Was busy from the first minute. It took a brilliant save to deny Sofia Jakobsson as England were caught napping early on as they also fended off a quick effort from Stina Blackstenius. She was right on the ball throughout the tournament and it continued against Sweden – wonderful improvisation also saw Blackstenius thwarted in the second half with a sensational fingertip save. Commanding officer.

Beth Mead and Lauren Hemp join Fran Kirby (centre) in celebrating his goal which gave England a 4-0 lead against Sweden

Millie Bright – 7

Only looked threatened for the first 10 minutes of the game but were much safer after England came under an initial wave of pressure. His relationship with Leah Williamson is the foundation of the Lionesses’ impressive defensive stability.

Lea Williamson – 8

Insured. Not much more to say. Bright partners perfectly at the heart of the defense and that’s a big part of why England have only been breached once this tournament. A real captain’s performance.

Rachel Daly – 7

First-half performance assured – many thought she might miss out after a nervous display against Spain. Looked promising going forward in the patches and paired well with Lauren Hemp. She also held her own physically.

Lucia Bronze – 7

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

Caught several times by Fridolina Rolfo’s pace but provided the assist for Beth Mead’s opener and scored England’s second goal. She was exposed by Sweden’s strategy in the first half, overloading the left channel and exploiting the freed up space. His influence in the final third was decisive, however, and his management of the game is always excellent.

Georgia Stanway – 7

So reliable. His last-round goal made headlines and rightly so. She is the reason England are in this position. It hasn’t quite reached the same heights against Sweden, but it’s still stable. She was happy to disrupt Sweden’s pace in midfield and cut off supplies for Blackstenius and Kosovare Asllani – the latter’s influence was severely reduced after the break.

Keira Walsh – 8

Beth Mead celebrates with Keira Walsh
Beth Mead celebrates with Keira Walsh

Has dispossessed everything in its path. Doesn’t often make the headlines, but is such an important part of England’s success. Powerful, authoritative and calm and composed on the ball. Her passing range also goes unnoticed next to the exuberant Stanway, but she’s just as adept at picking out a useful pass. There probably wasn’t a blade of Sheffield grass she hadn’t covered.

Lauren Hemp – 6

Missed a gaping goal when Alessia Russo took over in the second half, but worked tirelessly. She shoved and harassed throughout but didn’t have the green snag in front of goal. She’s undoubtedly a threat, but definitely has more to give – what has she saved up for the final centerpiece?

Beth Mead – 7

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Beth Mead explains how her debut goal helped settle England

Not as calm in possession as usual, but his touch in front of goal was still as infallible. Scored the opening goal, arguably against the run of play, as Sweden had a positive 45-minute opener. The finish was symptomatic of a player in the shape of her life. Her goal changed the dynamics of the encounter and she delivered the corner for Bronze’s header – the Golden Boot is in full view and she has already surpassed Jodie Taylor’s five goals at Euro 2017, with a game to play.

Fran Kirby – 8

Executed the role of playmaker admirably, using his sticky touch to pick pockets of space and invite players to join in the attacks. His hold-up play was crucial for England’s second goal, feeding Hemp, who won the corner that provided the chance. She then scored the Lionesses’ fourth with a cheeky lob to back up the win. The icing on a very sweet cake.

England's Fran Kirby battles for the ball with Sweden's Nathalie Bjoern
England’s Fran Kirby battles for the ball with Sweden’s Nathalie Bjoern

Ellen White – 5

Didn’t have much of an impact, but had a few chances in the first half – thanks to some clever movement. Was replaced by Alessia Russo before the hour mark but never stopped running. His place could, only could, be threatened, such is Russo’s genius.


Alessia Russo (for Ellen White, 57) – 9

Super sub strikes again! A ridiculously bold finish, which stunned all onlookers inside Bramall Lane. She launched Hemp seconds after entering the court, before scoring with a backhand that tricked Hedvig Lindahl into submission. His introduction still had an impact, but his finish becomes hard to ignore. She could do nothing more to win a starting place.

Ella Toone (for Fran Kirby, 79) – 7

Didn’t have a huge amount of time to make an impact, but did its job diligently. She is still a bundle of energy from the bench and has been a major part of England’s success so far. Expect to see the striker, one way or another, in Sunday’s Wembley final.

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 knockout phase…


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 v Germany or France – kick off 5pm, Wembley

Follow Euro 2022 on Sky Sports

Sky Sports News and Sky Sports’ digital platforms will follow every step of England’s journey to Euro 2022 ahead of Sunday’s final.

On the road, the Sky Sports News Mobile Presentation bus will continue to bring you all the best guests and analysis from Karen Carney, Sue Smith, Courtney Sweetman-Kirk and Laura Bassett offering their expert perspective. The bus will head to Wembley for the final.

On SkySports.com, the Sky Sports app and on social media, we’ll be covering all the highlights with our previews, features, reports, analysis, plus the Sky Sports Women’s Euros podcast with Sky Sports Charlotte’s senior football reporter Marsh and Sky Sports News reporter Anton Toloui.

And if you’re new to the England squad, don’t worry – here’s our guide to meeting the Lionesses.

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