Women’s Euros: England team profile as hosts bid for home glory in 2022 tournament

The hosts go in to the Euros as a 4/1 shout to lift the trophy.

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England are the hosts for the UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 tournament across 10 different stadiums, with the final taking place in Wembley in late July. It’s their second time hosting, with the first in 2005.

All bar one (San Diego Wave’s Carly Telford) of England’s players play in the Women’s Super League, the top division of English football. This league now sees many of the worlds best players playing in it, including Sam Kerr of Chelsea and Vivianne Miedema of Arsenal.

England are in Group A, alongside Austria, Northern Ireland & Norway, and will play the tournament’s curtain raiser against Austria at Wembley on 6th July.

Our top trader Sam Kingston has been busy doing his homework, and here’s all you need to know about one of the tournament favourites…

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Manager – Sarina Weigman

Dutch coach Sarina Wiegman leads England into her first major tournament looking for a repeat of her previous success at the Euros where she led her native Netherlands to their first big honour in women’s football, winning the European Championships in 2017.

Although the Dutch hosted that tournament, they were considered outsiders and not expected to do well after losing four out of five games in the lead up to the tournament. She is the first non-British Lionesses manager, taking over from Phil Neville in September 2021. She has an 83% win record with England going into this tournament.

Captain – Leah Williamson

Arsenal’s Leah Williamson was given the armband for her country permanently in April this year. The Milton Keynes-born skipper is an outspoken and versatile player, who can play in central midfield or at centre back. Williamson made her senior bow for England against Russia in 2018 and played in the World Cup the following year. The 25-year-old made 23 appearances for the Gunners last season as they finished 2nd in the WSL.

    Star Player – Ellen White

    It wasn’t Ellen White’s most stellar season for Man City, with only three goals in the WSL, and being relegated to second choice striker for much of the season. However, she is always first choice for England, and after becoming England’s record goalscorer in November, the 33-year-old comes into the tournament having scored her 50th goal for her country against North Macedonia in April. White is amongst the favourites in the Top Goalscorer market, England will be relying on her to notch a few in this tournament.

    Best Bet of Tournament – England to Reach the Final

    If England and Spain top their groups (odds-on for the double), they will avoid each other until the final. England will be favourites in every game bar against Spain, so those odds looks quite backable.

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    England Women’s Euros Fixtures

    England v Austria
    Wednesday 6th July, 8pm KO (Old Trafford)
    TV: BBC One & BBC iPlayer

    England v Norway
    Monday 11th July, 8pm KO (Brighton)
    TV: BBC One & BBC iPlayer

    Northern Ireland v England
    Friday 15th July, 8pm KO (Southampton)
    TV: BBC One & BBC iPlayer

    England Women’s Euros Squad

    Goalkeepers: Mary Earps (Manchester United), Hannah Hampton (Aston Villa), Ellie Roebuck (Manchester City).

    Defenders: Millie Bright (Chelsea), Lucy Bronze (Manchester City), Jess Carter (Chelsea), Rachel Daly (Houston Dash), Alex Greenwood (Manchester City), Demi Stokes (Manchester City), Lotte Wubben-Moy (Arsenal).

    Midfielders: Fran Kirby (Chelsea), Jill Scott (Aston Villa, on loan from Manchester City), Georgia Stanway (Bayern Munich), Ella Toone (Manchester United), Keira Walsh (Manchester City), Leah Williamson (Arsenal).

    Forwards: Beth England (Chelsea), Lauren Hemp (Manchester City), Chloe Kelly (Manchester City), Beth Mead (Arsenal), Nikita Parris (Arsenal), Alessia Russo (Manchester United), Ellen White (Manchester City).

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