England Women defender Millie Bright revealed that the team is embracing the atmosphere ahead of their Euro 2022 semi-final against Sweden. England is looking to win their first major trophy and their first final appearance since Euro 2009. Sweden is six places above England in the world rankings but the latter have been in better form lately. Sweden beat England 2-1 in their last meeting in a third-place finish at the World Cup two years ago.
“For us, we remain in the little bubble that we’ve been in from the start of the tournament,” England Women defender Millie Bright said. “Everyone speaks about the pressure being on us, but we’re embracing the atmosphere in the tournament so far (which) has been outstanding. Nothing gets in our bubble, nothing gets out, and we stay focused on what we need to do in the game.”
“We had a little setback, of course, that’s part of the game too, conceding a goal, but we stayed calm, we stayed trying to play our game, and then the result came. I think we’re really strong and we can handle some setbacks,” head coach Sarina Wiegman said. “I think going through that and being that successful…really helped the team and really showed our resilience and it’s a big step in our development.”
“Any England fan watching Sweden’s quarter-final would be forgiven for thinking Tuesday’s semi-final will be an easy ride. Sweden looked ponderous, struggled to break down Belgium’s defense, and was not at all near their best,” Charlotte Marsh said. “But it has not been the easiest preparation. They have been hit by a wave of Covid absentees, including key players like Hannah Glas and Jonna Andersson, who will surely start on Tuesday if they’re fit enough.”