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England run must leave the Wright legacy
Ian Wright wants England’s run to the Women’s Euro 2022 final to leave a lasting legacy in inspiring more girls to play football.
The Lionesses secured a place at Wembley thanks to a sensational 4-0 win over Sweden at a packed-out Bramall Lane with Beth Mead, Lucy Bronze, Alessia Russo and Fran Kirby on the scoresheet.
Either Germany or France await Sarina Wiegman’s team in Sunday’s showpiece, the first time the women’s team have reached a major tournament final since 2009.
But former men’s star Wright warned those who run the game that their achievement must become about more than events on the field.
The 33-cap England international told BBC Breakfast: "The women’s game is here and it is here to stay. What we are seeing with these ladies, and the way they are inspiring everybody, is nothing is going to stop it.
"I love it, I hope they can finish it off simply because they deserve to.
"And again all those heroes, the mums, the dads, the brothers, the uncles, all those people that had to take those girls all over the country just to play football, they must be sitting there so proud at the moment.
"When you consider there is only 63% of girls who have the same access as boys to football, this is why I am hoping by 2024 what the FA and Barclays are doing is making sure that [access] can happen in every school for boys and girls and 100% of girls can get the opportunity to play football."
Russo goal a result of freedom under Wiegman
Former England goalkeeper Rachel Brown-Finnis believes Russo’s audacious backheel goal is a result of the freedom the Lionesses are playing with under Wiegman.
The substitute’s improvised finish to make it 3-0 after her initial saved effort was undoubtedly the pick of England’s four in Sheffield.
On the stunner, Brown-Finnis told Sky Sports: "It’s something you do in training just for a laugh and take your chance to be a little bit cheeky.
"But that’s how the girls are playing, they’re playing like it’s just any other match, they’re not playing the occasion.
"That is absolutely why we’re seeing the performances that we’re seeing. They’re playing with freedom.
"You can imagine that Sarina Wiegman is letting the likes of Alessia Russo, at her first major tournament, go on to the pitch and is saying 'just do what you’ve been doing in training, just enjoy yourself'."
England semi-final reaches 9.3m peak TV audience
England’s 4-0 Women’s Euro 2022 semi-final victory over Sweden was watched by a peak television audience of 9.3million — the biggest of the tournament so far.
That figure eclipsed the 7.6m who watched the Lionesses’ quarter-final against Spain with two million also streaming the thrilling win online, according to the BBC.
An average audience of 7.9m tuned in to Tuesday’s victory as Wiegman’s side booked a place in the Wembley final.
McGinn to captain Villans
Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard has named John McGinn as captain, taking over from Tyrone Mings.
Goalkeeper Emi Martinez will take on the role as vice-captain, while veteran Ashley Young is club captain for the upcoming season.
Gerrard said: "John has demonstrated that he is ready to take on the captaincy through his performances on the pitch combined with his attitude and application in training. He is a popular member of the dressing room who sets high standards and expectations of himself.
"Emi is a respected senior member of the squad while Ashley Young’s experience speaks for itself and he is the perfect ambassador for the first team.
"Naturally, I have had to have a discussion with Tyrone Mings and have explained my reasons for making this decision.
"More importantly, I believe that not having the responsibility of the captaincy will allow Tyrone to focus more on his own game which can only benefit him and the team."
Everton add Vinagre to their ranks
Everton have completed the loan signing of wing-back Ruben Vinagre from Sporting.
The 23-year-old has become Frank Lampard's second signing of the summer after centre-back James Tarkowski.
Vinagre has sealed his return to England after a five-year spell at Wolves between 2017 and 2022, during which he spent time on loan at Olympiacos, Famalicao and Sporting.
The Portuguese told Everton's website: “It’s a dream come true to join a big club like Everton.
"The opportunity to work with very good players and a very good coach in Frank Lampard made me excited to sign.
"The manager is a football legend. Everybody knows him and the opportunity to work with and learn from him and someone like [first-team coach] Ashley Cole — one of football’s best left-backs — is very big for me."
Fulham seal Mbabu deal
Fulham have secured their fifth recruit of the summer with the capture of Swiss international Kevin Mbabu.
The right-back, 27, has signed a three-year contract at the promoted Cottagers after joining from Wolfsburg for an undisclosed fee.
With his deal confirmed, he revealed the lofty heights he hopes to achieve at his new club in the Premier League.
Mbabu told Fulham’s official site: "I’m happy to be here as a Fulham player. It’s a relief and now I can focus on my goals and the club’s goals, and help the team to be successful.
"The first step is to stay in the Premier League, stay stable in the league, and then why not aim for the top 10?"
The 22-cap international follows Joao Palhinha, Kristian Sekularac, Andreas Pereira and Manor Solomon in joining up with Marco Silva’s men.
Rashford becomes Beano editor
Marcus Rashford wants children to find their voice after becoming a guest editor of the Beano.
The Manchester United striker has joined up with the long-running children’s comic after releasing his new book.
In his editor’s letter, the 24-year-old urged people to embrace their differences.
"My favourite thing about Beano is how the comic brings together all sorts of different children," he said.
"Instead of our differences dividing us, we embrace them here, and we find strength in them.
"We should be celebrating all things that make each of us unique."
Mount gets the armband bug
Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount was handed the captain’s armband during his side’s pre-season clash with Charlotte last week — and it is a feeling he would like to get used to.
The England international, 23, was given a run-out for the second 45 minutes during their friendly, taking over as skipper from vice-captain Jorginho who was withdrawn at half-time.
After the penalty shootout defeat in North Carolina, Mount said: "I am still young and still learning, but whenever the opportunity comes to step up I want to take it.
"The gaffer trusted me with captaining the side in the second half and I take that responsibility.
"Whether we win or lose, I always want to be the one to be able to take it. To take it on the chin if we win and obviously if we lose as well.
"I’m naturally not the most vocal. I’ve never really been that. When I was captain of the Under-18s FA Youth Cup side I was always someone who tried to lead by example on the pitch.
"I am constantly trying to learn from the likes of Azpi [Cesar Azpilicueta] and Jorgi who have been captains of this club, just trying to learn from them and trying to add that to my game."