England will meet Germany in the Euro 2022 final on Sunday.
The Lionesses captured the nation’s imagination on their dazzling run to Wembley. Austria and Northern Ireland were defeated 8-0 by Norway in the group stage before a nerve-wracking extra-time win over Spain in the quarter-finals.
Second-placed Sweden were also without a game in the semi-finals as Sarina Wiegman’s side won 4-0 in Sheffield on Tuesday night. Now they are just one game away from a first major title and a first for either the men’s or women’s teams since 1966.
Opponents Germany have also impressed though, coming out on top against a group that included Denmark, Spain and Finland. Austria were eliminated in the quarter-finals before France were beaten again in the semi-finals on Wednesday night with top scorer and talisman Alexandra Popp.
Here’s everything you need to know about the Euro 2022 final:
When does England play Germany?
The final begins at 5pm BST on Sunday 31 July at Wembley Stadium.
Where can I watch it?
The game will be broadcast live on BBC One, while viewers can also stream the game on BBC Sport’s website and iPlayer.
Coverage begins at 3:50pm with a presentation by Gabby Logan and analysis by Alex Scott and Ian Wright.
Commentary comes from Robyn Cowen and Rachel Brown Finnis.
How did both teams reach this stage?
England went through the group stage without conceding a goal, beating Austria, Norway and Northern Ireland. Spain forced the Lionesses into extra time before Georgia Stanway’s stunning winner. They beat Sweden in the semifinals and earned their place here.
Germany edged out Denmark, Spain and Finland in the group stage before overcoming Austria in the quarter-finals. Two goals from top scorer Popp were enough to advance in the semifinals against France.
Sarina Wiegman has fielded the same starting XI for all five games so far and, barring late-stage problems, will certainly do the same for Sunday’s showpiece. Alessia Russo was outstanding off the bench in this tournament, scoring four goals, including that remarkable back-heel performance against Sweden. She will certainly be there at some point, as will Manchester United team-mate Ella Toone, and full-back Alex Greenwood is another experienced option in reserve.
For Germany, the main concern revolves around Klara Buhl, who missed out on beating France in the semifinals. If she still fails then Svenja Huth and Jule Brand are the obvious candidates to start alongside Popp in the front.
England: ears; Bronze, Hell, Williamson, Daly; Walsh, Stanway; mead, kirby, hemp; White
Germany: Frohms; Gwinn, Hendrich, Hegering, Rauch; Magull, Oberdorf, Dabritz; Huth, Popp, brand
Packed with in-form stars on both sides, these two teams seem well matched on paper and know each other’s strengths and weaknesses well. The two managers will have both ready, although the stage is certainly not too big for either. Perhaps it’s home field advantage and a packed Wembley crowd that will prove all the difference to get the Lionesses over the line for a first major trophy. England 2-1 Germany