England look to move a step closer to winning their first ever major tournament as they face Sweden tonight at Bramall Lane in the Euro 2022 semi-finals. The Lionesses were taken to extra-time but found a way to battle past Spain in the last eight thanks to a sensational winner from Georgia Stanway.
It’s 13 years since England last made it to the Euros final and with a Wembley date waiting for the winner, there is certainly no lack of motivation for a side that will be roared on by a partisan crowd.
The task is a difficult one though, against the highest-ranked side still left in the competition. However, aside from a dominant victory over Portugal in the final group-stage match, it has not been entirely convincing from Sweden who needed a 92nd-minute winner to beat Belgium in the quarter-finals with what was their 33rd shot of the match. Follow all the action with Standard Sport’s LIVE blog below!
Another nervy night could be on the cards for the hosts but Sweden’s high press could play into the hands of a team capable of moving the ball quickly and being clinical in front of goal.
Sweden have proven to be wasteful for large periods of this tournament, scoring with their 33rd shot to beat Belgium in the quarter-finals. They will surely be punished if that continues tonight.
A 2-0 England win.
No fresh injury problems have been reported for Sarina Wiegman ahead of the game.
Therefore tactical decisions will dominate the coach’s thinking with Alex Greenwood tipped to step in for Rachel Daly at left-back. Ella Toone and Alessia Russo, who combined for the equaliser against Spain, are also pushing to start.
Sweden veteran Caroline Seger is battling a heel injury to feature having missed the last two games.
Hanna Glas, Emma Kullberg and Jonna Andersson were also absent from the quarter-finals due to Covid-19.
How to watch England vs Sweden
TV channel: In the UK, the match will be televised live on BBC One, with coverage starting at 7.25pm.
Live stream: The BBC will broadcast the match live for free to TV licence payers on both their Sport website and iPlayer app.
Live blog: You can also follow all the action right here, with Simon Collings and Dan Kilpatrick providing expert analysis.
Hello and welcome to Standard Sport’s LIVE coverage of England vs Sweden!
It’s the first Euro 2022 semi-final, with a place in Sunday’s Wembley final up for grabs. Hosts England will be hoping to be there as they continue their bid to lift the trophy at a major tournament for the first time.
We’ll have all the latest updates and team news ahead of kick-off, which comes at 8pm BST from Bramall Lane.