PLAYER RATINGS: Mead and Bronze impress as England reach Euro final

PLAYER RATINGS: Beth Mead’s display was topped off by her flawless sixth goal of the tournament, while Lucy Bronze grabbed a goal and assist to help send England into the final of Euro 2022

  • England reached the final of Euro 2022 after a stunning 4-0 win over Sweden 
  • Beth Mead, Lucy Bronze, Alessia Russo and Fran Kirby all hit the target in the win 
  • Sportsmail’s Kieran Gill gives his verdict on how the players performed

England thrashed world No 2 ranked Sweden 4-0 to book their place in the final of Euro 2022 at Wembley.

Beth Mead, Lucy Bronze, Alessia Russo and Fran Kirby were all on target in a stunning victory and they will face the winners of Germany’s clash with France on Sunday.

Sportsmail’s Kieran Gill gives his verdict on how England players fared on a memorable night for the Three Lions. 

England produced a brilliant performance to reach Sunday’s Euro 2022 final at Wembley

Mary Earps 8.5

Super save with her feet to deny Sofia Jakobsson from scoring after 19 seconds – how different it might have been for England if that went in.

Lucy Bronze 9

First-time cross for Mead caught out the Swedes, then she topped off a fine showing with a thunderous header to send England into the final.

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Lucy Bronze capped off a brilliant display at Brammall Lane by scoring England’s fourth goal

Millie Bright 8.5

Sweden’s Stina Blackstenius made life uncomfortable for Bright and Co, but England’s defence rode the early storm and soon took control of this clash.

Leah Williamson 8.5

Looked cool, calm, collected in the tunnel and stayed that way, even as the Swedish hurricane descended on England. Commanding presence from the captain.

Rachel Daly 8.5

Nerves? What nerves? Daly’s Cruyff turn early on showed you her confidence in this semi-final. Front-foot left back who tried to get at Sweden whenever possible.

Rachel Daly (left) pulled off a Cruyff turn while Millie Bright (right) and co rode the early storm to keep Sweden at bay during the semi-final victory

Georgia Stanway 8.5

Followed up on her special extra-time winner against Spain with a showcase in nice passing. Cannot fault her performance in England’s engine room.

Keira Walsh 8.5

Had to deal with some vigorous Swedish pressing but stayed cool and calm, with her through-ball creating the chance for Alessia Russo’s stunning third.

Georgia Stanway off the back of her winner against Spain was faultless against Sweden

Beth Mead 9

The touch, the swivel, the finish – it was all flawless as Mead scored her sixth goal of the tournament to give England a crucial lead.

Fran Kirby 8.5

Not a blade of grass she did not cover. Looked in the mood all night long and her audacious chip for England’s fourth goal summed it all up.

Lauren Hemp 8

Will wonder how she departed this game without a goal when the ball crashed back off the crossbar. Hemp’s directness was so menacing to Sweden’s defenders.

Beth Mead got the ball rolling for England with her sixth goal of the tournament so far

Ellen White 7.5

England’s figurehead was watched closely by Sweden’s centre backs. Alessia Russo replaced her and what a beautifully improvised back-heeled finish from the substitute.

MANAGER

Sarina Wiegman 8.5

Asked her Lionesses to feed off the bouncing Bramall Lane atmosphere. Shaky opening as Sweden imposed themselves but all’s well that ends well for England.

SUBSTITUTES

Alessia Russo (for White 57) 8

Ella Toone (for Kirby 79)

Sarina Wiegman celebrates with England midfielder Jill Scott after their brilliant victory

Alessia Russo came off the bench and scored a stunning third goal to help seal the win




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