Women's Euro 2022: England squad profile

Paige Simmonds
LiveScore
10/05/202213:30
England head coach Sarina Wiegman is looking to win back-to-back Euros
England head coach Sarina Wiegman is looking to win back-to-back Euros

England will be among the favourites on home soil when Euro 2022 kicks off this summer.

LiveScore profile the Lionesses ahead of their push for glory.

Head coach — Sarina Wiegman 

Sarina Wiegman is widely regarded as one of the best international coaches in women's football and took over the England job in September 2021.

The Dutchwoman enjoyed significant success in her previous post as Netherlands chief and won the Euros in 2017 before leading her country to the 2019 World Cup final.

Wiegman enjoyed an impressive career as a midfielder in her heyday, earning 99 caps before beginning her successful coaching career at Ter Leede.

The 52-year-old is aiming to do what Gareth Southgate could not and lift an international trophy at Wembley and her absence from the Netherlands camp could well weaken a potential rival.

Captain — Leah Williamson

Captain Leah Williamson in action for England against Germany
Captain Leah Williamson in action for England against Germany

England have announced that Arsenal star Leah Williamson will captain her country at the Euros.

The defender, 25, has recently taken the armband in the absence of Steph Houghton, who is fighting to be fit for the tournament after suffering a number of injuries in recent times.

After being confirmed as skipper, Williamson said: "This is an incredibly proud moment for me and my family and I am honoured to be asked to lead us at the Euros.

"Steph Houghton is one of this country's all-time greats and to follow in her footsteps — and all of those special names who have led the team in the past — means so much.

"Although I will be wearing the armband, I know we have a squad full of leaders who share my pride and passion in playing for our country.

"Whether I am captain or not, I will never take anything for granted and will always do my best for England every time I pull on the shirt."

Williamson has been an England regular since her debut in 2018 and led her country to victory in the inaugural Arnold Clark Cup in February.

Key player — Ellen White

Ellen White is England's record goalscorer with 50 strikes in 105 caps.

She found the net 12 times in nine outings in 2021 and could very well fire the Lionesses to glory if she keeps up that incredible form.

At 33, White is running out of chances to scoop a major trophy at international level and will likely never have a better opportunity than this time around on home soil as part of a star-studded squad.

The Manchester City superstar's team-mates know they have just one job — get the ball to her near the area and let her do the rest.

One to watch — Alessia Russo

Alessia Russo is a rising star in the England ranks
Alessia Russo is a rising star in the England ranks

Alessia Russo received her first call up to the England senior squad in February 2020 for the She Believes Cup in the United States.

After initially being selected as a training player for the trip, she was added to the main group for the competition following an injury to Lucy Bronze.

Russo was also part of the young Lionesses squad who finished third at the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup, alongside Georgia Stanway.

The 23-year-old left for the US in 2017 but returned to England to join Manchester United on a two-year contract in 2020.

She has scored three times in just four caps and will hope to keep that run going in this summer's tournament.

England's Euro 2022 fixtures

July 6: England vs Austria, 8pm, Old Trafford

July 11: England vs Norway, 8pm, Brighton and Hove Community Stadium

July 15: Northern Ireland vs England, 8pm, St Mary's

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