How the North of England became the football factory behind the roar of the lions
Here is the coach!
Wiegman says: “Very important to start well. It will be a very tight game. I think they will play a lot more physical. We know everything. Our plan is really clear. I’m not sure what my final words are yet will be in the players”.
“When you see how much these players give to the fans, thanking them for coming, it means so much.”
“I slept a little bit. It’s incredible to be here with this team. This team is ready, we’ve been on an incredible journey and we’re growing.”
Alex Scott on the BBC
“There is no longer a fear factor with Germany – we have beaten them recently.”
Tom Garry with more team news
“England retain the formula that has gotten them this far, but will also know they have a host of important substitutes available on the bench, including Alessia Russo, Ella Toone and Alex Greenwood. Germany, unsurprisingly, do not have just one player : Bayern Munich winger Clara Bull suffered from Covid”.
“King gets a little emotional. The journey these girls went on, that’s the dream. It’s hard not to get emotional and very nervous.”
BBC coverage begins with
Joy Crookes performs her song Feet Don’t Fail Me Now. and there is a montage of England’s great and good players being well. Ed Sheeran, Richard E Grant, David Beckham, Prince William.
Team news! via Tom Garry
Breaking: England unchanged for sixth straight match at these Euros. This is not surprising because consistency has been one of Sarina Wiegman’s mantras. Here is their starting lineup:
England (4-2-3-1): Ears? Bronze, Bright, Williamson, Daly? Stanway, Walsh; Mead, Kirby, Hemp; White
Germany are also unchanged from their semi-final win over France:
Germany (4-3-3): Froms? Gwinn, Hendrich, Hegering, Rauch; Magull, Oberdorf, Dabritz; Huth, Popp, Brand
Gary Lineker tweeted
“I wish the Lionesses all the best for the final. You’ve been magnificent in this tournament. One more win and you’ll have football immortality. Go make history.”
England’s players are acclimatising
Molly McElwee writes: “England’s players just wandered onto the pitch 90 minutes before kick-off. They seem to be sizing up this pitch, which England haven’t played on since October last year.
The crowd slowly trickled in from Wembley Way and those already in the venue gave them a loud welcome.”
And here are the England players
Tom G: “Now with exactly 90 minutes to go, the England players take to the Wembley pitch, wearing their gray team kits. They take selfies, chat to each other and enjoy the applause of the fans who took their seats early.
Here’s Tom Garry: some people are on the field
“The Germany players are currently out on the pitch in front of us, taking in their surroundings. They look very relaxed. Meanwhile, just outside the pitch is the England team bus, flanked by flag-waving fans .
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in the England team by friends, former teammates etc.
Our heroic lionesses – from the people who know them best
Interesting life from the sounds of it. He has a degree in architecture and urban planning. She has repeated the Women’s World Cup final. She also competed in the men’s top flight in her home country, the first woman to do so. England male fans may remember that she became the first woman to take charge of an England men’s match (October 2021) – for their World Cup qualifier against Andorra.
He left Kharkiv this year for the obvious reasons. She traveled by car with her two sisters and their three boys through Moldova, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic before arriving in Germany. “It was stressful and difficult,” he told UEFA’s website. “When we left Ukraine, we had no idea what the next step was for us.”
Through the help of UEFA he has moved to Italy and lives in Turin.
The referees of tonight’s match
Hopefully these won’t be too concentrated!
Tom Gary writes.
Here are the referees for tonight’s game and what a time for Ukrainian referee Kateryna Monzul. And it must be said that her appointment is not just a symbolic gesture of solidarity in the midst of the war back in her country. For many years now, she has been among the top female referees in Europe:
Referee – Katerina Monzul (Ukraine)
Assistant Referee 1 – Marina Stryletska (Ukraine)
Assistant Referee 2 – Paulina Baranowska (Poland)
Fourth official – Stephanie Frappart (France)
VAR – Paolo Valeri (ITA)
Assistant VAR – Maurizio Mariani (Italy)
Assistant VAR 2 – Paul Van Boekel (Netherlands)
Here’s Molly McElwee reporting from the ground.
Much saner scenes at Wembley Way than last year’s men’s final – one artist even found a quiet spot to watch the scenes next to the stadium.
A member of the Wembley security staff told me he was glad he didn’t get a flare today!
A sea of red and white at Wembley
Tyers here, we look forward to bringing you into the making of this exciting occasion. Without further ado, here’s women’s football guru Tom Garry:
The sea of red and white outside Wembley is unlike anything I’ve ever seen in the women’s game, and that’s no surprise as tonight’s attendance of around 87,500 will set a new record for any Euro, men’s or women’s.
There were thousands of people around outside even at 10am. and 11 a.m., but now the atmosphere has grown quite a bit. And the mood is such a striking contrast to last year’s men’s final, with such a safe, happy feel to the vibes outside that court.
Bands play music, families enjoy takeaways and everywhere you look there are red and white shirts and flags.
There will be a flyover of RAF Hurricanes over Wembley moments before kick-off and we have gathered that the aircraft will be piloted and staffed entirely by women.
Luke Edwards, meanwhile, was soaking up the atmosphere on his way to the ground.
On my journey from South West London to North London on public transport, I have seen England shirts everywhere, many of them with the names of our Lions on them.
I’ve said since the beginning of the tournament that we needed a major moment to achieve true crossover success into the mainstream. We already had it – I think it probably came with the semi-final win over Sweden and Alessia Russo’s back-heel – but now we have to win the tournament. Nothing will have a bigger impact than that.
As for the match itself, the Germans, who beat France 2-1 in the semi-finals, have won the title an incredible eight times – including a 6-2 victory over England in 2009 – and are set to steal Wembley. under the English, according to Martina Voss-Tecklenburg, who said yesterday: “Wembley will be English at the start and I hope it will be ours at the end.”