One box left for England as the Euro 2022 final against Germany approaches


England have finalized their preparations with the culmination of Euro 2022 in just one day.

The Lionesses have their rendezvous with Germany at Wembley on Sunday as they bid for a first European Championship title.

Here’s how the PA news agency looks at how Friday unfolded.

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Scott smells like success

Jill Scott spoke to the media on Friday (Jonathan Brady/PA)

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Jill Scott says England need to “tick one more box” by lifting the trophy at a sold-out Wembley.

The Lionesses’ build-up to the final has lifted the nation, but veteran midfielder Scott knows the job isn’t done yet.

Scott said: “We said before that we really wanted to inspire the nation, to make everyone proud, our families, our friends, we wanted to create more opportunities for young people, more opportunities for women who want to work in football, we wanted the sport the respect it deserves.

“I think we ticked all those boxes.

“I think it’s been an incredible journey so far, we’ve ticked a lot of boxes and hopefully there’s one big tick left.”

Candid Sarina

Sarina Wiegman is looking for a second European Championship title (Nick Potts/PA).

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Sarina Wiegman’s ‘no BS’ style of management is what caused England’s run-up to the final, according to a former lioness.

The England head coach is one win away from a second consecutive European Championship trophy after leading her native Netherlands to victory in 2017.

Kelly Smith, who won 117 caps for England, told the PA news agency: “She looks calm, she looks cool, I’ve heard players talk about how honest she is with them.

“There is no BS that some managers can give you. She’s just, ‘this is what you need to do. If you don’t do this, you may not be playing, I need to see this from you.” It’s very to the point, and I don’t think the players have had that before.

“And they like that it’s a little basic, but they’re taking it on board. They just seem so united and united.”

Battle of the hot shots

There is also a personal duel to be settled at Wembley with England’s Beth Mead and Germany’s Alexandra Popp, each scoring six goals. Whoever wins that battle may very well have a big say in which country lifts the trophy.