England look to make history against arch-nemesis Germany in Euro 2022 final

England could claim their first major title in women’s football as they look to beat arch-enemy Germany in Sunday’s Euro 2022 final.

The match at Wembley will see the Lions go in search of a maiden silverware, with their opponent having won the Women’s Euro no less than eight times.

England coach Sarina Wiegman knows how to win the competition after guiding her native Netherlands to glory five years ago and here PA news agency looks at the building process. build.

Leah to make a lasting impression

Leah Williamson is aiming to become the second player to lead England to a major honor (Gareth Fuller/PA) (PA wire)

While Sunday’s final could be a huge step forward in support of women’s football in England, captain Leah Williamson wants to see a much more far-reaching effect.

The Arsenal defender who will lead the Lionesses aims to use their new-found stature to bring about equality across society.

“What we’ve seen in the league is this is not just a change for women’s football but for society as a whole, it’s about the way we’re seen,” she said.

“The final is not the end of a journey but the beginning of one. And regardless of the end result, there will be a beautiful moment to reflect. Of course, my job was to get out there for 90 minutes to play and win, but looking back at this whole tournament, we really started something. I want tomorrow to be the beginning, the marker for the future.

“I have only been to this workplace of football but, in most workplaces around the world, women still face a few more battles to try to overcome. For every success we make, for every change of judgment or perception or the opening of someone’s eyes now to see a woman as someone with equal potential as a male partner her, that can create change in society. “

Voss-Tecklenburg wants the women’s game to go a step further

Germany head coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg hailed a “dream” Euro 2022 final (Nigel French/PA) (PA wire)

Germany coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg believes a “dream” final provides the foundation needed to take women’s sport to the next level.

After topping Group B, Voss-Tecklenburg’s side beat Austria in the quarter-finals and France in the fourth round to set up a clash with the hosts at Wembley.

With tickets sold out and a bumper TV audience expected, Voss-Tecklenburg believes the match offers the ideal opportunity to develop the sport further.

“(Women’s football) will only win if everything that goes in Europe with Germany and England ends in a sustainable way,” said the Germany head coach.

“Something has to go on, this has to be an opportunity for all countries to take the next steps for women’s football – if not now, when will this happen?”

Golden Boot Candidate

Beth Mead’s goals lead England to Euro 2022 success (Martin Rickett/PA) (PA wire)

The top scorers in the competition played against each other at Wembley, with Beth Mead and Alexandra Popp scoring six goals each and they could easily decide who was the winner on Sunday night.

Mead has gone from the Olympic to England essential, with the Arsenal forward enjoying a good tournament.

Popp has a history of injuries but is enjoying himself at the 2022 final and scoring twice in Germany’s semi-final win over France.

Photo of the day

Lauren Hemp, Rachel Daly and Chloe Kelly of England join Wembley Stadium as they prepare for the Euro 2022 final (Nigel French/PA) (PA wire)

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