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Euros - Football: Magnificent England to face France or Germany in Wembley final

England took another step towards landing their first major trophy as they stormed into the Euro 2022 final courtesy of a 4-0 win over Sweden.

Beth Mead opened the scoring, continuing her incredible surge towards the Golden Boot with her sixth goal of the tournament to put the Lionesses 1-0 up at the break.

Second-half strikes from Lucy Bronze, Alessio Russo and Fran Kirby then contributed to Sarina Wiegman's side producing arguably the best 45 minutes of football of the entire tournament to book their place in Sunday's showpiece at Wembley.

They will face the winner of Wednesday's second semi-final between Germany and France, which kicks off in Milton Keynes at 20:00.

The Germans are 6/4 to win at Stadium MK, with Les Bleues 2/1 and the draw 21/10.

WhatWomen's Euro 2022
WhereEngland
When6th July to 31st July 2022
How to watchBBC and iPlayer
OddsEngland 3/4, Germany 13/5, France 3/1 

Mead's run continues

The first half was a well-matched affair, with the world's number two ranked side Sweden enjoying possession and forcing some strong saves from Mary Earps, while they also hit the crossbar. However, the momentum always felt like it was behind England, with the Sheffield crowd playing their part.

Mead's opening goal came after 34 minutes and demonstrated the determination the Lionesses have displayed throughout the competition. After Ellen White narrowly failed to get onto Lauren Hemp's cross from the left, Bronze kept the play alive before finding Mead, who coolly controlled and then fired home into the far corner.

That strike was the Arsenal forward's sixth of the tournament, leaving her two ahead of Russo and Germany captain Alexandra Popp in the race for the Golden Boot.

Bronze then doubled the advantage three minutes into the second half, nodding home a Mead corner and it seemed from there that England were firmly on their way.

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Wonderful Russo does it again

Manchester United famously had a super sub in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and another Red Devils star has fulfilled that role for England.

Russo scored her fourth goal of the tournament on Tuesday and all of them have come off the bench.

This was arguably the best, as having failed to finish a great move down the left, the 23-year-old reset herself to cheekily back-heel through the legs of the unlucky goalkeeper, Guro Pettersen.

Russo's role could prove crucial on Sunday, while England also had more to cheer about in the form of their fourth goalscorer, Fran Kirby.

The Chelsea playmaker has battled pericarditis in recent years but seems to be rediscovering her best form.

Her delightful chip completed the scoring and her performance gained her a deserved standing ovation from the Bramall Lane crowd.

Who will England face in the Euro 2022 final?

Weigman's side, the 3/4 favourites to lift the trophy, can now sit back and relax and watch Wednesday's second semi-final, which takes place at Stadium MK.

Germany, who are 13/5 to win the tournament, are the only team to have won all of their games in 90 minutes at the Euros. They are led by the resurgent Popp, who has battled back from a string of knee injuries and is 11/5 to score at any time.

France are playing in their first European semi-final but knocked out the holders, the Netherlands, in the last eight.

The winner will face England on Sunday at Wembley, with the game kicking off at 20:00.

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