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Williamson embracing the pressure
England captain Leah Williamson insists the Women’s Euro 2022 hosts are embracing the pressure ahead of their tournament opener against Austria tonight.
The Lionesses are bidding to win their first major international title, kicking off at a sold-out Old Trafford this evening.
Captaining her country for the first time at a finals after taking over the armband from Steph Houghton, the Arsenal ace knows the Group A encounter will be an occasion to savour.
Williamson said: "I'm sure when I look back it will be a moment I will remember forever.
"I think the only thing that could top being on the pitch would be sitting with [friends and family]. I think they will be really excited. It's a very proud moment and I will try to enjoy it as much as I can.
"The good luck messages are obviously pouring in now. It's nice. It's an event for them. I'm sure they will have good fun."
Currently ranked eighth in the world, England are one of the favourites to take the Euros crown this summer.
Given the added nerves that being hosts will inevitably bring, the skipper says her side will look to use it to their advantage over the next month.
She added: "We've put in the work over the last few weeks and ticked the boxes we needed to. We know what it is and what to expect. We're ready for it.
"Everybody has their own things in place to deal with it. Pressure is a privilege and we are embracing it. It comes with the job but it doesn't mean we can't enjoy it at the same time."
Full squad for Wiegman
England boss Sarina Wiegman has a fully fit squad to choose from for the Austria clash.
There were doubts over influential stars such as Lucy Bronze and Ellen White during the Lionesses’ warm-up fixtures but the Dutch boss has confirmed both are available for selection.
They head into the tournament in fine form having gone unbeaten during Wiegman’s 14 games in charge and winning all three of their warm-ups, where plenty of the 23-player squad staked claims for a start.
On whether she has decided her XI for the first game, Wiegman said: "It's not finalised yet, we always do it after the last training session, but yes, it is hard.
"It's the most important thing to have the best players available.
"We've shown we have a very good squad with depth and it's really good we have to make hard choices."
Fabianski signs new Hammers deal
Goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski has signed a new one-year contract extension with West Ham.
The Hammers No1 will prolong his career in East London to a fifth campaign, with the option to extend a further year also included in the deal.
The 37-year-old has racked up 137 appearances for the club since joining from Swansea in 2018, playing a key role in West Ham’s rise into Europe under manager David Moyes.
The Poland international said: "I’m obviously pleased and very happy that I can stay for one more year, so I’m excited about it, for sure. The way the club has developed and started to reach its potential, it’s been really nice to be part of it.
"I can see how much attention this club draws when it comes to interacting with the fans or the way it’s being presented in the media.
"I think there's a lot of interest into the club, so it feels like this club is one of the bigger ones in the country, so I'm just honoured and proud to be part of this club for a few years now."
Lamptey and Williams switch to Ghana
Brighton right-back Tariq Lamptey and Athletic Bilbao striker Inaki Williams are among five players to switch international allegiance to Ghana ahead of the 2022 World Cup.
London-born Lamptey, 21, has represented England at youth level while Williams, who was born in Bilbao to Ghanaian parents, has been capped once by Spain.
They join three Germany-based players in Stephen Ambrosius, Ransford-Yeboah Konigsdorffer and Patric Pfeiffer in boosting the Black Stars’ options for the Qatar tournament, which kicks off in November.
Ghana Football Association president Kurt Okraku said: "The availability of these players means a lot to the Ghana Football Association and the technical team of the Black Stars.
"We have always maintained that we will not limit ourselves to only a small group of players but would scout top talents across the globe who are ready to sacrifice for the nation and to take us to the next level.
"This gives the technical team more options to choose from adding to our continuous desire to improve the team.
"Coach Otto Addo and his technical team will continue to monitor and assess them for future assignments including the September games and the World Cup in Qatar."
Rams add trio of signings
Derby have bolstered their squad with the triple signing of midfielder Conor Hourihane, defender James Chester and striker David McGoldrick.
Republic of Ireland international Hourihane, 31, has penned a two-year deal after being released by Aston Villa at the end of June.
His ex-Villa team-mate Chester, 33, has joined for one year after his deal with Stoke expired, with 34-year-old McGoldrick signing for the same length following his departure from Sheffield United.
The experienced trio have the task of helping the Rams seal an immediate return to the Championship following their relegation last term.
The rebuild at the East Midlands outfit following their takeover by David Clowes is in full swing, with six new arrivals now through the door at Pride Park.