In Focus: Five superstars to watch at Women’s Euro 2022

Paige Simmonds
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Ballon d'Or winner Alexia Putellas will hope to inspire Spain's push for glory
Ballon d'Or winner Alexia Putellas will hope to inspire Spain's push for glory

With the Women’s Euro 2022 fast approaching, the continent's best players are gearing up to try and get their hands on the trophy.

LiveScore pick five players to keep your eyes on from the wealth of talent set to take the European stage this summer.

Alexia Putellas — Spain

Ballon d’Or winner Alexia Putellas is the leading light in a star-studded Barcelona team currently bidding to defend their Champions League crown.

The 28-year-old forward has represented Spain since 2013 and is her country's most capped player with 98 appearances.

A cultured left foot is just one element of the array of weapons Putellas has at her disposal. She is not afraid to take players on, create in midfield or try her luck from distance.

She inspired Barca to a historic triple triumph in the Champions League, Primera Division and Copa de la Reina last season.

Ellen White — England

Ellen White continues to dominate for Manchester City and England
Ellen White continues to dominate for Manchester City and England

Ellen White has racked up 105 England caps and brings bags of talent and experience to her side.

The Manchester City striker, 32, set the tone for what was to come by netting on her debut against Austria in 2010 and is her country's highest female scorer with 50 international strikes — just three behind Wayne Rooney's benchmark.

From the spectacular finish against 2011 World Cup winners Japan to the dramatic last-minute winner over USA in 2017, White rivals the very best in the game.

And she will be hoping to inspire the Lionesses to glory on home soil this summer after another prolific season in the Women's Super League.

Jule Brand — Germany

German prodigy Jule Brand could be the next big thing
German prodigy Jule Brand could be the next big thing

Teenage winger Jule Brand has been an important contributor for German side Hoffenheim after breaking into the first XI last season.

She opened the scoring in a 4-1 rout of Arsenal in their Champions League group stage encounter but narrowly missed out on a quarter-final spot to the Gunners on goal difference.

The 19-year-old, who also excels as a full-back, has four goals in just 14 international caps and agreed a move to powerhouses Wolfsburg in February.

Germany coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg said of the prodigy: "Sometimes Jule doesn't even know what she can do, she still has so much up her sleeve." 

Lieke Martens — Netherlands

Lieke Martens is out to fire Netherlands to a second European Championship title
Lieke Martens is out to fire Netherlands to a second European Championship title

Lieke Martens is widely regarded as one of the best female footballers in the world.

The Barcelona winger was named Player of the Tournament for her performances in 2017 the European Championship where Netherlands stormed to the title.

Their success skyrocketed her into the public eye and a year later Forbes ranked her the 22nd most powerful woman in international sport.

Martens, 29, has 54 goals in 133 caps for her country and defenders will be fearful of allowing her to cut off the flank onto her lethal right foot.

Wendie Renard — France

Centre-back Wendie Renard will lead France at the Euros
Centre-back Wendie Renard will lead France at the Euros

Wendie Renard captains both a dominant Lyon team and her country.

The 31-year-old centre-back has won Division 1 Feminine 14 times and secured seven Champions League triumphs in a glittering club career, also lifting the She Believes Cup with France in 2017.

Veteran Renard is a formidable presence in defence and has also scored 33 times in 130 appearances for her country. 

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