Fourth time lucky for England? – Talking points ahead of Sweden semi-final


England face Sweden on Tuesday for a place in the Euro 2022 final at Wembley five days later.

Here, the PA news agency looks at some of the key talking points surrounding the semi-final at Bramall Lane.

Fourth time lucky?

England players appear dejected after their 2-1 semi-final loss to the United States three years ago (John Walton/PA).

England have reached this stage at their last three major tournaments – and suffered defeat on each occasion. At the last Euros five years ago in the Netherlands they were beaten 3-0 by the hosts, who – managed by now-Lionesses boss Sarina Wiegman – went on to claim the trophy. Either side of that were 2-1 losses to the United States at the 2019 World Cup in France, and to Japan at the 2015 edition in Canada. Breaking that cycle on Tuesday would see England back in a final for the first time since they finished as runners-up at Euro 2009 in Finland.

Same side again?



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