Four England players have been named in the women’s squad of the Euro 2022 tournament following their heroic 2-1 win over Germany in the final on Sunday.
Goalkeeper Mary Earpscentral defender and captain Lea WilliamsonMidfielder Keira Walsh and player of the tournament Beth Mead all made the XI, alongside five German players and one from France and Spain.
The roster was selected by UEFA’s technical observer team and includes the German duo Alexandra Pop – who shared the Golden Boot with Mead – and Young Player of the Tournament Lena Oberdorf.
The Lionesses will face the United States at Wembley
The Lionesses are set to face the United States – the reigning world champions – on October 7 at Wembley – if Sarina Wiegman’s side qualify for the FIFA Women’s World Cup in next month’s international window.
England must earn a point on the road against nearest rivals Austria on September 3, or beat Luxembourg on September 6, to confirm their place in Australia and New Zealand next summer.
The European champions are five points clear of Austria in the race to the top of Group D and qualify directly for the 2023 World Cup, with two matches remaining for the two nations.
If England qualify for the tournament, the match will be the teams’ first meeting at Wembley, with the United States’ last visit to the stadium ending in a 2-1 win over Japan in the gold medal match. gold at the 2012 Olympics.
USA Women Head Coach Vlatko Andonovski said: “Having the chance to play the European champions in London at Wembley is an opportunity that doesn’t come around very often, so we’re all grateful the game was a success. could be arranged, and we’re hoping England will complete their qualifying campaign in September.
“It’s exactly the kind of game we need at the right time in our preparations for the World Cup so that we can test ourselves against a very talented English team. I saw England play live at the Euro, and I look forward to an incredible atmosphere at Wembley and another great event for women’s football on October 7.”
Wiegman: the tactician behind England’s transformation
The stakes were high when Sarina Wiegman took the England job in September 2021.
Never before had the FA appointed a female coach with an established international pedigree, let alone one with major tournament winning credentials.
The risk was shared by all parties. The expectation was immediately heightened, and with only 10 short months to integrate a whole new philosophy before a European Championship in the spotlight of the local public, the decision had to be the right one.
Wiegman herself had to weigh her departure from her Dutch homeland and a team she guided to continental success in 2017, in favor of managing overseas for the very first time and implementing of his European strategy on a team that had only ever been overseen before by English coaches. – except for a brief interim period in 2021.
The appointment made her the first permanent non-British manager of the Lionesses, at a time when investment in the domestic game had outgrown the idea that English women could compete in international tournaments, but were never truly discussed as legitimate candidates for silverware.
That context has changed dramatically and yet Wiegman has remained utterly indifferent to the demands of a waiting nation, starved for the glory of senior international football for 56 long years…until now.
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