After England reached the semi-finals of Euro 2022 with a dramatic extra-time win over Spain at the Amex Stadium, how did Sarina Wiegman’s Lionesses fare on their return to the dugout?
Maria Earps – 7
Mastered the attacking game of the Spaniards confidently, but confidently and didn’t give Esther Gonzalez a chance. Almost caught by Athenea del Castillo of a possibly unintentional lob before recovering to punch free. Often put under pressure from the Spanish front, but generally coped with it with ease.
Lucy Bronze – 6th
As always very keen to get up the right flank. Hasn’t teamed up with Beth Mead or Lauren Hemp as often as in the past and found life particularly tough ahead of halftime against Mariona Caldentey. Improved in the second period and as England looked for an equaliser, they became more engaged and effective in the last third.
Millie Bright – 7
Strong in the challenge when called for, but without the typical passing game from distance, we’ve used them so effectively in this tournament. Tested only partially until Spain threw the kitchen sink at England in extra time and stayed strong, notably blocking an attempt by Sarriegi to push through.
Leah Williamson – 6th
Easily caught by Gonzalez in the opener despite being busy when Rachel Daly was beaten. As with Bright, her long-distance pass was infrequent and her back-line radar was also a little jumpy. Standing strong alongside Bright to prevent Earps from having more trouble, especially in overtime.
Handled Marta Cardona well before half-time, resulting in her removal at the break – but was skinned so easily by Del Castillo to score Gonzalez’s goal. She continued to struggle with the substitute throughout the second half before being sent off.
Not nearly as influential as she can be for the Lionesses for much of the game and tied up well from Spain midfield – but as England caught the momentum from Ella Toone’s equaliser, they began to pull the strings early in the game. Offers a high quality defensive screen alongside Georgia Stanway.
Georgia Stanway – 8
A show of typically strong challenges and defensive awareness to prevent Spain’s talented midfield trio from controlling possession as they were allowed to do in other games. And that goal…if there’s ever time to hit a winner like that, it was tonight.
Fran Kirby – 6
Not given the space or time to play in the gaps she loves to fill in in Spain midfield, she was substituted just after the hour mark, having completed just 10 passes.
Beth Met- 5
Unusually ineffective following bronze and switched to the left flank before half-time. Still had trouble producing and unsurprisingly became Wiegman’s first backup.
Ellen White – 6
Missed an early header from a beautiful Mead free kick. Fought hard and briefly looked like she might have made the first set before the break, but without Mead or Hemp around her in the box to feed herself, she was often left isolated and without that support was just as much a victim of the Circumstances like everything had to be taken out.
Lauren Hemp – 6
Had plenty of energy but faced a tough night against Manchester United’s Ona Batlle. Largely poor in set pieces, of which there were quite a few. Repaid Wiegman’s confidence in holding her in an otherwise unusually fruitless performance with the cross that led to the equaliser.
Chloe Kelly (for Mead, 58) – 6th
Found life almost as tough as Hemp and Mead did against Batlle, but still had more presence on the right flank than those who had gone before her.
Alessia Russo (for White, 58) – 7
Added a little more movement that her style of play had simply lacked in the last third and equalized with a deftly deflected header from Toone.
Ella Toone (for Kirby, 64) – 7th
The woman of the moment – and what a moment. Right time, right place to send the game into extra time with a cool finish, having already found Daly for England’s first shot on goal of the game.
Alex Greenwood (for Daly, 82) – 6th
As Daly’s night continued to deteriorate, he ensured a steady hold on the left-back when needed. Wonders if she was substituted on for her set piece skills but she never really got to show them.
Jill Scott (for Walsh, 116) – n/a
Nikita Parris (for Hemp, 116) n/a
https://www.skysports.com/football/news/12040/12655887/england-vs-spain-player-ratings-georgia-stanway-stars-with-stunning-winner-after-impressive-midfield-showing Player ratings England vs Spain: Georgia Stanway stars with impressive winner after impressive performance in midfield | football news