England will face Germany in the Euro 2022 final on Sunday.
The Lionesses captured the nation’s imagination on their sparkling journey all the way to Wembley. Austria and Northern Ireland were on opposite sides of Norway’s 8-0 group stage thrashing for the nerve-wracking extra-time win over Spain in the quarter-finals.
Sweden’s runner-up also proved no match in the semi-finals, with Sarina Wiegman’s side riding to a 4-0 win in Sheffield on Tuesday night. Now only one game separates them from their first major trophy and a first for both the men’s and women’s teams since 1966.
However, opponents Germany have also impressed by coming out comfortably in a group that includes Denmark, Spain and Finland. Austria were knocked out in the quarter-finals before France was defeated again in the goals in the semi-finals on Wednesday night with top scorer and talisman Alexandra Popp.
Here’s everything you need to know about the Euro 2022 final:
When is England vs Germany?
The final kicks off at Wembley Stadium on Sunday 31 July at 5pm BST.
Where can I watch it?
The match will be broadcast live on TBEN One, while viewers can also stream the match on the TBEN Sport website and iPlayer.
Reporting begins at 3:50 PM with a presentation from Gabby Logan and Alex Scott and Ian Wright providing analysis.
Commentary comes from Robyn Cowen and Rachel Brown Finnis.
How did both teams get to this stage?
England crawled through the group stage with victories over Austria, Norway and Northern Ireland without conceding a goal. Spain forced the Lionesses into extra time for Georgia Stanway’s stunning winning goal. They went on to beat Sweden in the semifinals to earn their place here.
Germany defeated Denmark, Spain and Finland in the group stage before moving past Austria in the quarter-finals. Two goals from top scorer Popp were enough to see them progress in the semi-final against France.
Sarina Wiegman has chosen the same starting line-up for all five games so far and, barring late problems, will certainly do the same for Sunday’s showpiece. Alessia Russo was outstanding from the bench in the tournament, scoring four goals, including that notable effort against Sweden. She will certainly appear at some point, as will Manchester United team-mate Ella Toone, with fullback Alex Greenwood another experienced option in reserve.
For Germany, the biggest concern revolves around Klara Buhl, who missed the victory over France in the semi-final. If she isn’t there by then, Svenja Huth and Jule Brand are the obvious candidates to start next to Popp on the front line.
England: Earps; Bronze, Clear, Williamson, Daly; Walsh, Stanway; Mead, Kirby, Hemp; White
Germany: Fröhms; Gwinn, Hendrich, Hegering, Rauch; Magull, Oberdorf, Dabritz; Huth, Popp, Brand
Packed with in-form stars on both sides, these two teams seem evenly matched on paper and know each other’s strengths and weaknesses well. The two managers will have both finished with the podium certainly not too big for either. Perhaps home field advantage and a packed Wembley crowd prove the main difference in getting the Lionesses across the line for a first major trophy. England 2-1 Germany