England faces Germany on Sunday in the final of Euro 2022 and Karen Carney recounted the Euro 2009 final when Germany ran out 6-2 winners. The game was played at a time when Germany was enjoying total dominance in women’s football. It was their seventh European Championship title and only the second final for the Lionesses. This time around the tie is too close to call.
“I remember the Germans had a win bonus and we were laughing because we were like ‘wow, that’s incredible and those were the kinds of differences we were up against. Maybe four of us were full-time in America, but only for around six or so months,” Former England international Karen Carney said talking about Germany. “The rest of the team were working and I don’t think central contracts had come into play so everyone was working and training. So there were a lot of differences between Germany and England, but I felt we had good team cohesion. We were in the game up until half-time, and then in the second half they pulled away with the resources and the technical ability, that’s what really set them apart.”
“The goal [Carney scored] was really created by Kelly [Smith], and I was just there to tap it in. I actually thought my assist for Kelly’s goal was a lot better. We had a really good relationship in terms of finding each other and finding spaces,” she added. “For me, I was in the best shape of my life at the time, but we were still physically up against it. They were so much stronger and faster than us, but we were in it for large parts of the game. It then crumbled away and that was the reality, but it was where we wanted to be.”