The three lions are eager to seize maybe the best chance they’ve ever had to become the champions of Women’s European Cup finals. Can they end the long wait to lift the trophy this time in front of their home crowd?
How they qualified: Hosts
Women's EURO best results: Runners-up (1984, 2009)
Women's EURO 2017: Semi-finals
Round 1: Wednesday 6 July England vs Austria (21:00 CET, Old Trafford)
Round 2: Monday 11 July England vs Norway (21:00 CET, Brighton＆Hove)
Round 3: Friday 16 July Northern Ireland vs England (21:00 CET, Southampton)
Final Player List
Goalkeepers: Mary Earps (Manchester United), Hannah Hampton (Aston Villa) and 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) and Lotte Wubben-Moy (Arsenal)
Midfielders: Fran Kirby (Chelsea), Jill Scott (Manchester City), Georgia Stanway (Bayern Munich), Ella Toone (Manchester United), Keira Walsh (Manchester City) and Leah Williamson (Arsenal)
Forwards: Bethany England (Chelsea), Lauren Hemp (Manchester City), Chloe Kelly (Manchester City), Beth Mead (Arsenal), Nikita Parris (Arsenal), Alessia Russo (Manchester United) and Ellen White (Manchester City)
Key Player: Ellen White, Jill Scott and Leah Williamson
Ellen White is the top scorer of England with 50 goals in 106 appearances officially.
She had made her national team debut in the game against Austria on March 25th, 2006. Now she will face her first opponent when she was a rookie in England.
Despite the number of her goals last season in Manchester City is just 6, she is still the first option in the forward line of England because of her experience and skilled tactics, which makes the younger teammates admire a lot. The 33-year-old will keep playing a role in the England squad physically and mentally.
Jill Scott, who plays for Manchester City for a long time since 2014, is definitely the captain of the female England team with 156 appearances.
She is the commander in midfield who can make beautiful passes and play solid defense. She controls the rhythm of games and knows how to inspire her teammates.
Made her debut on August 8th, 2006. Huge credit for the veterans.
Unlike the above two, Leah Williamson made her first appearance just 5 years ago, but she already understood the game of female football very well in her early age.
The Arsenal girl can play different positions as defenders or midfielders, which makes her tactical for the coach Sarina Wiegman.
She also helped Arsenal finish second in the women’s premier league last season.
Manager: Sarina Wiegman
52-year-old Dutch Sarina Wiegman took the job as the coach of England in January 2021.
She had a brilliant resume when she coached Netherlands, her own national team, to win the last Women’s European Cup at home. She also led the Dutch to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup final.
She brings the style of ruthless attacking football to England, and the players enjoy her tactics because they are free to play football games that they want.
And this time she also aims to lift the trophy, which will make her become the first manager to lead two different teams to win the Women’s European Cup in a row.
England had made history to break into the final of Women’s EURO 1984, the first competition, but unfortunately lost to Sweden in penalties with a 3-4 score.
Under the guidance of the first full-time manager Hope Powell, they had changed the history of England female football when they entered the Women’s Euro final once again in 2009.
After Powell’s 15-year management, England kept making history of reaching 3 straight major semi-finals in 2 World Cups and EURO 2017.
The fans are hoping that England can finish the last step with home advantage and the magic of Wiegman.