Sarina Wiegman has announced her final 23-player England Women squad for the upcoming Women's European Championships.

She has whittled down her squad from 28 players as England prepare for a home Euros, starting on July 6 against Austria at Old Trafford.

Here, we profile each player as we get to know the Lionesses aiming for glory this summer...

Leah Williamson

Age: 25
Position: Defender/Midfielder
Club: Arsenal

England's new-look captain will officially be handed the baton this summer, taking over from Steph Houghton.

Leah Williamson led the team to success in the inaugural Arnold Clark Cup in March, and will stay on as skipper for July's European Championships. It is the culmination of a rise through the England ranks, in which she also captained at U17 to U20 level.  

The Arsenal defender only played six minutes of football at the 2019 World Cup in France, but is bound to enjoy much more game time on this occasion. She had a defining season for Arsenal as they pushed for the Women's Super League title - signing a new deal with her childhood club in January 2022 - and is a future captain for the Gunners.

At just 25, she will have to shoulder the weight of expectation that a home tournament carries, but she is more than ready for the challenge.

What has Williamson said...

"I can't describe the feeling that is surrounding the tournament and how big it is going to be. I don't think anyone is really ready for the growth. Our game grows so quickly and unexpectedly at times and it surpasses all expectation as it jumps from strength to strength.

"In 2018, watching the [men's] World Cup was the best summer of my life.
Leah Williamson speaking to Sky Sports in June
"Then the year after was ours [Women's World Cup] and being on the other side of playing in a World Cup and knowing what was going on at home was amazing.

"To know that this is our chance to do what they [men's team] did last year at the Euros, to give people those memories, it is a nice feeling. Nothing beats getting down the pub or wherever and watching football together - that is our English culture."
Leah Williamson speaking to Sky Sports in June

Mary Earps

Age: 29
Position: Goalkeeper
Club: Manchester United

Manchester United goalkeeper Mary Earps has spoken publicly about how she had written off any chances of going to the Euros as recently as last September, until an e-mail out of the blue from the FA informed her she would be called up to Sarina Wiegman’s debut training camp. 

Earps has been in and out of the senior side in the past. She was part of the Euro 2017 training camp - during which she earned her first cap - and was part of the squad for the 2019 World Cup, but did not play.

But her development at Man Utd under Casey Stoney and Marc Skinner has seen her become a real contender for the No 1 shirt this summer. She has started in eight of Wiegman's 11 matches, conceding just once against Canada in the Arnold Clark Cup.

An incredible return from the wilderness looks likely to be complete when she dons the gloves to face Austria next month.

What Earps has said...

“I was resigned to the fact that [going to the Euros] would never happen all the way up until I got an e-mail saying I was going to be picked for the September camp. I never thought this would ever happen.

"Then, when I got invited to that camp, I just thought ‘OK, this is nice, thank you, I’m going to go and give my absolute best’, but back then, the Euros was too far away, and now the Euros feel a lot closer.

"But again there are so many things [that can happen between now and then] so wherever I am I’m present and hopefully things fall into place.

"I really was at peace, when we had that conversation a year ago. Everything I said then was so genuine and I am still so surprised that it changed, because I was so OK with what had been and done, but I’m very, very glad that it changed, and I’m so happy to be here and grateful for every single day that I get to wear this badge.”
Mary Earps speaking to The Telegraph in April

Ellie Roebuck

Age: 22
Position: Goalkeeper
Club: Manchester City

Man City stopper Ellie Roebuck is perhaps unlucky not to have played more international football, having already won the WSL Golden Glove, lifted the Women’s FA Cup and represented Great Britain at an Olympic Games all by the age of 22. 

She was barely 19 years old by the time of her international debut in 2018, but has gone on to win only eight full caps owing to more senior players ahead of her, and the recent resurgence of Earps.

A calf injury saw her miss five months of the domestic season for Manchester City but now fully fit, she will be looking to add to her record of her four international clean sheets if called upon.

What Roebuck has said...

“They've made it a really big event and I think in general, that shows the way women's football is going. It's nice to be a part of something like that. It's exciting and makes it all feel real.

“Austria are coming up, and the girls have played Northern Ireland in the last camp, so it's exciting. Obviously Norway always seems to be a really good game so it's a really exciting group. They're all pretty exciting groups - I don't think you could get a bad group or a boring group.

“We can't get ahead of ourselves. Our soul focus at the minute will be digesting who we've got in the group and looking ahead to that. A Euros in your home country - that's incredible and exciting.”
Ellie Roebuck speaking to MEN Sport in May

Hannah Hampton

Age: 21
Position: Goalkeeper
Club: Aston Villa

Thrown in at the deep end in the WSL at just 16, Aston Villa's No 1 Hampton is the youngest member of the Euros squad and made her senior England debut earlier this year against Spain in the Arnold Clark Cup, in which she kept a clean sheet.

Another goalkeeper who flourished under Marc Skinner, the current Man Utd boss recruited Hampton at Birmingham while he was manager and the young stopper has gone from strength to strength since.

It is a remarkable rise - not least because she began her youth career as a forward in Villarreal’s academy, and has shaken off a total lack of depth perception from childhood to beat the odds and become a top-flight stopper.

Hampton is unlikely to start at the Euros and will be third choice behind Earps and Roebuck, but she will gain vital tournament experience this summer with there being little doubt that she will be be England's No 1 in the coming years.

Millie Bright

Age: 28
Position: Defender
Club: Chelsea

Leah Williamson's second in command, Millie Bright will operate as the Lionesses vice-captain in July. The Chelsea defender wore the armband for World Cup qualifiers against Austria and Latvia last November, having also deputised in the absence of regular Chelsea skipper Magda Eriksson at club level. 

Bright ranked second for passes attempted and passes completed in the WSL last season, and also ranks high in areas such as clearances and winning aerials duels. She also ranks fifth for long passes completed and second for touches.

There is no denying that Bright remains one of the first names on the squad sheet and scored twice during England's triumphant Arnold Clark Cup campaign earlier in the year.

The defender enters the tournament as a Women's Super League title holder and FA Cup champion - and she'll be hoping to add international silverware to her busy trophy cabinet this summer.  

What Bright has said...

“It is exciting. The talent that this group has is incredible and the pool of players that can be picked from is ridiculous. There are some special players in our group and unbelievable people.

“I think we have gone to new levels, and there is still more to come from us. That’s the beauty of the squad – we’re all just trying to get the best out of each other day in, day out, and keep pushing our levels and testing one another.

“There’s so much competitiveness in training, people fighting for positions, and that’s what gets the best out of one another. So I know for a fact that we will push each other to new levels (again).

“It would be extremely special (to win), but I think we don’t look too far ahead. We have to get the prep camps done first and get the work put in on the pitch, make sure we are in a good place leading into the tournament. Then it’s what we go and do at the tournament, which we will give absolutely everything. We’ll be ready come the first game.”
Millie Bright speaking to PA Media in June

Lucy Bronze

Age: 30
Position: Defender
Club: TBC

After missing all of the autumn internationals because of long-term recovery from knee surgery, Lucy Bronze has seamlessly returned to the right-back spot for England - not surprising given she is one of the best in the world in that position.

Bronze started two of England’s three Arnold Clark Cup games in February before keeping her place for both of their World Cup qualifiers in April. This summer also represents another change in terms of her club football, leaving Man City and recently telling Sky Sports News that she has made a decision on her future - but will keep her cards close to her chest.

But Bronze’s personal accolades eclipse her club trophy collection, and as recently as 2020 she was named Women’s Player of the Year at the FIFA Best awards - the first English player to pick up the award. 

She has been England’s first-choice right-back at their last three tournaments and won the silver ball at the 2019 World Cup, voted as the second best player at the tournament.

Bronze is also the Lionesses’ fourth-most capped player in the Euros squad (88) and will be a key part of their success this summer.

What Bronze has said...

"This is the biggest opportunity we've ever had as a women's football team, to really touch base with our fans, with the younger fans, the younger generations.

"I can imagine this summer will be the most inspirational summer that we've ever had as women's football team.

"A lot of our players are Manchester based, a little more so the blue side, but still we all are really excited to play at Old Trafford. So to get that stadium sold out for the very first game puts us in a really good position.

"We know that the nation is behind us, the support’s there. And if we just get that every single game, we know that you know there could be the 12th player on the pitch and push us on in the tournament."
Lucy Bronze to MEN Sport in May

Rachel Daly

Age: 30
Position: Defender
Club: Houston Dash

Rachel Daly has spent most of her career in the USA having left Lincoln Ladies as a 19-year-old to move Stateside, and has played in the NWSL with Houston Dash since 2016.

She has turned out for multiple age groups in the England set-up, making her first-team debut in 2016. Although she did not have the most consistent start to the senior team - missing out on the Euro 2017 squad - she has been a regular feature since 2018.

She was part of the 2019 World Cup squad and the SheBelieves-winning team of the same year, having been a regular feature since.

The now 30-year-old provides Wiegman another versatile option, having turned out all on the right flank for both club and country. 

More recently, she deputised for Bronze at right-back during the Manchester City defender’s international absence. While Bronze will likely start, Daly will be a strong option from the bench and bring plenty of experience to the dressing room.

What Daly has said...

"Everyone is really excited. The level is so high here, the standard is so high. It’s a pressure, but the pressure to me is a privilege and it’s something I look forward to and embrace with both arms. Everyone is trying to make the squad and be the best they can be. It pushes everyone around you."
Rachel Daly speaking to Sky Sports News in June

Alex Greenwood

Age: 28
Position: Defender
Club: Manchester City

Alex Greenwood ended the domestic season with a run of four goals in her last eight Man City games, but don’t expect a high-scoring tournament from the defender. 

A left-back by trade, she has been regularly deployed in the centre of defence this season as Man City struggled with injury issues early on, and could be used there again at the Euros.

She was the youngest member of England's third-place squad at the 2015 World Cup, and more recently, has been a mainstay in the Lionesses’ recent run of World Cup qualifiers. 

The 28-year-old is known for her set-piece delivery and looks likely to be in the starting line-up when the Lionesses take on Austria in their first group-stage match, either on the left or in the middle of the back line.

Lotte Wubben-Moy

Age: 23
Position: Defender
Club: Arsenal

As relative newcomer to the group – having progressed from the U21s - just three outfield players have collected fewer caps than Lotte Wubben-Moy: Man Utd duo Alessia Russo (5) and Katie Zelem (2), as well as Chelsea’s Niamh Charles (2). 

She has earned seven caps since making her senior debut in a 6-0 friendly win over Northern Ireland in February 2021, six of which have come from the bench. She did, however, play the full 90 minutes in a back three alongside Millie Bright and Alex Greenwood during the record 20-0 win against Latvia in November. 

With the strength of the centre-back options already at Wiegman’s disposal, opportunities may not  - for the time being - be forthcoming for the 23-year-old, who plays her club football with Arsenal.

But that is not due to a lack of experience - she made her Gunners debut at 16 and made 15 league appearances as Jonas Eidevall’s side finished as WSL runners-up in 2021/22.

What Wubben-Moy has said...

"It's so cool to be around such high-tier players in England. I feel like I belong here and I think my performances recently for Arsenal are helping me in that campaign to push to be part of the team, push to be a starter and then pushing for the Euros as well. I'm not afraid to give myself that challenge and I want to help build on it. Sarina has got a similar style to Jonas in the sense that she is direct also, she knows what she wants and I think when a coach can communicate with her players clearly, it's a recipe for success."
Lotte Wubben-Moy speaking to Sky Sports in February

Demi Stokes

Age: 30
Position: Defender
Club: Manchester City

Demi Stokes is another vastly experienced member of the Lionesses squad, having been part of the international setup since 2009, when she made her U19 bow, and a senior international since 2014. 

The 30-year-old missed out on a place in the 2015 World Cup squad - where England finished third - but made the cut for Euro 2017 and the 2019 World Cup - and was also part of the squads that lifted the SheBelieves Cup in 2019 and the Arnold Clark Cup earlier this year. 

The Man City defender started at left-back in four of England's six competitive matches in 2021, but has only started two of the last five as Wiegman continued to tinker with her pre-Euros selections.

However, whether she plays or not, Stokes will still be an important presence among the squad and a reliable deputy.

What Stokes has said...

“I think it’s exciting, to look where the game is and was from the 2005 Euros to now, it is going to be a different kettle of fish and I don’t think any of us that are selected will have experienced the magnitude of pressure, the media and expectation that is going to come with it.

“Previous tournaments have been in different countries so it has been diluted. It’s so exciting and it is going to be such a good buzz around the tournament.

“We have got experienced players who have been to many tournaments, so it is about using that experience, embracing it, enjoying it and not letting the experience pass you by.

“It will put us in a very good position to do the best we can. We have a very good squad, good individuals, we are in a good place and going into a tournament we will give it our best shot.”
Demi Stokes speaking to PA Media in May

Jess Carter

Age: 24
Position: Defender
Club: Chelsea

Jess Carter comes into the Euros having featured in all-but one of Chelsea’s games across their victorious WSL campaign. Emma Hayes has trusted her to feature in a title-winning defence, and she is rapidly developing into a world-class defender with every season.

After making her England debut in 2017, she had to wait another four years for her second cap but has since become a regular in Lionesses squads and has started four of their last five games. 

She was part of the squad that won the Arnold Clark Cup earlier this year, and can play at both centre back and full back, giving Wiegman plenty of options.

She will be hopeful of keeping her place for the finals as she is set to feature in her first major tournament for England.

What Carter has said...

“There are so many nations that can win this tournament. I think it’s going to be one of the most competitive tournaments yet with the quality that Europe has.

“I think it’s going to be really tough to say who’s going to be lifting that trophy at the end of it, but I think that’s safe to say that it’s going to be a great tournament.

“It’s going to be massive. Our aim as a country is to help inspire younger children to go out and play, and to hopefully get more sponsors and support for the women’s game. Hopefully more and more people want to be part of women’s football and play it from a young age and just inspire.”
Jess Carter to football.london in March

Kiera Walsh

Age: 25
Position: Midfielder
Club: Manchester City

One of England’s Manchester City cohort, Kiera Walsh may only be 25 but already has plenty of international experience. 

Having represented her country 39 times, Walsh captained the senior team for the first time as a 21-year-old in just her seventh appearance as England thrashed Kazakhstan 6-0 in September 2018. 

She was also involved in the Lionesses successes in 2019 as they won the SheBelieves Cup and reached the World Cup semi-finals, maintaining her presence among the England camp.

A gifted playmaker, the Rochdale-born midfielder helped Manchester City win the WSL title in 2016, the Women’s FA Cup in 2017, 2019 and 2020, as well as the League Cup in 2019 and 2022. 

Despite her experience and undoubted quality, Walsh is yet to score for her country. Will that change this summer? 

What Walsh has said...

“For us, first and foremost, it’s about making the nation proud and putting in good performances. It’s about taking it game-by-game. There are some great teams there. Hopefully we can just make our families and the rest of the nation proud while they are watching us.”
Kiera Walsh speaking to Sky Sports News in March

Jill Scott

Age: 35
Position: Midfielder
Club: TBC

England’s second-most capped player in history needs no introduction. A true professional, Jill Scott has been a mainstay of the Lionesses squad for a remarkable 16 years and has racked up 156 caps for her country - 16 fewer than record-holder Fara Williams. 

Scott will be hoping she can go one better with England this time around. She was a runner-up at the 2009 Euros and was part of the World Cup squad in 2015 that came third - the best-ever finish for a Lionesses team at a major tournament.

With 25 international goals along the way, three more would take her into the all-time top 10 list, too. The most recent came in the 20-0 win over Latvia and, though she has started just one game since Wiegman took over, her knowledge and experience will no doubt prove pivotal going into the tournament. 

Scott comes into the competition having nursed a knee injury, but also as a free agent, after her eight-year stay at Man City recently concluded. She spent time on loan at Aston Villa last term and head coach Carla Ward confirmed recently that there had been talks regarding a return.

What Scott has said...

“I hope that the team can go out there and help shape other people’s lives with memories and moments and put on a show that the rest of the world can be proud of and say, ‘what did I do in 2022?’ I watched the UEFA Women’s Euros.”
Jill Scott speaking to Girls On The Ball in May

Beth Mead

Age: 27
Position: Forward
Club: Arsenal

Beth Mead has recently rediscovered her best form in an England shirt. She was left out of Team GB at the Olympics and subsequent national team meet-ups -but this has only served to spur her on and has since recaptured her distinguished best. 

Part of that uplift she attributes to manager Wiegman, who has helped with "confidence" and "resolve". It is no surprise that Mead began to find her form for club and country after the arrivals of Jonas Eidevall and Wiegman last summer.

Her club stats speak for themselves. Mead has made 19 goal contributions (11G, 8A) for Arsenal in the WSL this term, with her assists tally the highest in the league.

She also ranked top for final third passes completed and chances created.

The forward also links particularly well with Lauren Hemp, as evidenced against North Macedonia in April, where Mead netted a quad of goals while the City star claimed a hat-trick of assists. This pairing could prove a successful formula in the summer.

What has Mead said...

“We’re a big family, the culture has been amazing. The enjoyment, I think you can see on and off the pitch, it’s been great between us.

“I think, for me, I’ve known where I’ve stood, what she’s [Wiegman] expected of me. She’s given me a lot of confidence on the pitch and on the training pitch. It’s just been easy for me to go on the pitch and do what I know I can do and have the backing of my manager.

“I would say I’ve been a lot more free. The expectation she has for me, I understand a lot more than probably in the past.

“It’s a different style, different managers. Under Phil it was very much hard work and now we’re just on the pitch enjoying our football and the hard work comes with that. It’s part of our DNA. Everyone just feels free, in a good head-space, and we’re just really enjoying being here.

“Sarina is keeping us on our toes and she’ll always expect more. No team is perfect, but she’s striving for perfection and that’s what we want as well.”
Beth Mead speaking to The Independent in June

Lauren Hemp

Age: 21
Position: Forward
Club: Manchester City

One of England's standout talents. The best player on the pitch when Manchester City met Chelsea in May's FA Cup final showpiece at Wembley, despite ending up on the losing side. 

She makes her presence felt in almost every attack. Purposeful, creative and an eye for goal means Lauren Hemp poses a threat to any team the Lionesses may face on their route through the tournament. 

Her pace is an asset, too - representing Great Britain at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021, Hemp was the tournament's most fouled player, despite exiting at the quarter-final stage.  

At 21, the PFA Young Player of the Year 2022 recipient approaches her first major European championship in fine settle - and on home soil, it could well be one to remember.

Ellen White

Age: 33
Position: Forward
Club: Manchester City

A player who needs little introduction - this summer will see England legend Ellen White play at her sixth major tournament for the Lionesses.

She has been an integral part of the growth of women’s football in England and was part of the squad that came third at the 2015 World Cup in Canada and featured at the 2012 London Olympics in two of the defining moments

White has amassed 106 England caps – 11 away from overtaking Kelly Smith - and after a hat-trick in the 20-0 win against Latvia in November, became the Lionesses all-time leading goalscorer with 50 goals.

You could write an entire book about the impact White has had for both club and country – she signed a new two-year deal with Man City in May 2021 – and there’s plenty more to come for the 33-year-old as she looks to fire England to Euros glory.

What has White said...

“It’s hard when you get too far ahead so I always try to stay focused, but it is an exciting time for us and for women’s football. The fact the tournament is going to be held in England so people can come to watch the games and see so many talented players in person will be amazing. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”
Ellen White speaking to Mancity.com in February

Georgia Stanway

Age: 23
Position: Forward
Club: Bayern Munich

Comfortable in several attacking positions, 23-year-old Georgia Stanway has been a regular in the England side since scoring on her senior team debut in November 2018. 

The recently-signed Bayern Munich forward was the youngest outfield player in England’s World Cup squad three years ago but is already a natural leader, having previously captained the Young Lionesses to third place at the U17 Euros.  

Stanway, who left Manchester City this summer, joined the Citizens as a 16-year-old in 2015 and went on to make 186 appearances in all competitions, winning seven trophies. She leaves as the club’s record women's goalscorer, having found the net 67 times. 

She has eight goals in 31 caps for England and will be hoping to add to that tally.

Bethany England

Age: 28
Position: Forward
Club: Chelsea

Now an established centre-forward, Bethany England’s versatility makes her an even more valuable member of Sarina Wiegman’s squad.  

Capable of playing in midfield and even at wing-back, it is the forward areas where England has really flourished in recent years, particularly as a No 9.  

The 28-year-old scored 21 goals during Chelsea’s 2019/20 double-winning campaign as she finished her club’s top scorer for a second consecutive season. Her efforts saw her named WSL Player of the Season, as well as PFA Players' Player of the Year.  

Despite her impressive domestic form, England missed out on being selected in the Lionesses' 2019 World Cup squad. Her first senior cap came in August that year against Belgium, while she scored her first goal for her country in a loss to Brazil two months later.  

Although she struggled with injury early in the season, England still found the net 11 times as Chelsea retained the WSL title and won the FA Cup. Her eight goals in 16 games on the international stage so far suggest she could have a key role to play this summer. 

What England has said...

"I think the atmosphere is going to be electric. Women's football is going to see another level this summer.

"I'm so excited for what it's going do for women's football, for young girls and boys and aspiring even down to referees - they're going to see teams going to big stadiums and watch us play in front of packed out stadiums is the dream.

"I'm not going to be the one to say 'it's coming home' or anything like that. I think we need to be very level-headed and appreciate it's going to be a tough pathway to the final.

"There's not really any easy teams in that and in tournament football, you never know what can happen.

"I just know that the group of players that she takes are going to be ones that she believes can win it. I can't think of a better manager in place to try and make that happen."
Bethany England speaking to Sky Sports in June

Chloe Kelly

Age: 24
Position: Forward
Club: Manchester City

Manchester City striker Chloe Kelly must have feared the worst when she was sidelined by an ACL injury a year ago.  

The 24-year-old suffered serious knee damage in a WSL match against Birmingham in May 2021 and did not play again until April this year.  

During her time out, England have begun a new era under Sarina Wiegman, but the fit-again Kelly has not been forgotten and was recently brought back into the international fold.  

Having impressed at former club Everton, Kelly made her senior England debut against Austria in November 2018 and has gone on to represent her country a further six times.  

She was named in the 2020 PFA WSL Team of the Year before continuing to excel at Manchester City under head coach Gareth Taylor, scoring 10 league goals before that ACL injury stalled her progress.  

Kelly, who was a regular in England’s youth teams, will hope she can rediscover that form following a lengthy period out of action. 

What has Kelly said...

“I am definitely someone who doesn’t want to look back on their career having not won any trophies. I’d love to win the Champions League but winning an international tournament with your country, that’s really special as it’s something not many players actually manage to achieve during their careers.

“I definitely want to be one of those players who does win a major trophy with England. That’s always been something I’ve wanted to achieve.

“If I’m on the pitch I’ll make sure I’ll give it everything to make sure we’ve got a chance. And if our team can play the way I know we can, there’s everything to play for.”
Chloe Kelly speaking to VERSUS in May

Fran Kirby

Age: 28
Position: Forward
Club: Chelsea

The fact former England managers have drawn comparisons with both Brazil legend Marta and seven-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi shows just how highly thought of Fran Kirby is. Her domestic scoring record speaks for itself: 127 league games for Reading and Chelsea, 112 goals. 

Her journey has not been without its tribulations, particularly in recent years. In February 2020, a she was diagnosed with pericarditis – an inflammation of the fibrous sac surrounding the heart – and warned she may never play again. She bounced back from that and, last term, scored 16 goals and assisted 11 more in just 18 WSL games. 

But then in April – having not played for two months - she announced she was stepping away from the game due to “an ongoing issue throughout my career” and that it was “time to put my health first.” She did, however, return to the bench for Chelsea’s FA Cup final win against Man City on May 15. 

The issues 54-cap Kirby has faced may see her used sparingly during the tournament, but her prowess and inventiveness could prove to be crucial as the Lionesses target silverware.

Ella Toone

Age: 22
Position: Forward
Club: Manchester United

England have a reputation for unearthing potent goalscorers and Ella Toone is certainly the latest in a long time. The Man United forward only made her debut in the 6-0 friendly win over Northern Ireland in February 2021 but has now scored 10 goals in just 13 international outings. 

She netted a debut penalty, scored again in the 8-0 demolition of North Macedonia in September, then helped herself to a hat-trick in the 10-0 win against Latvia the following month.

Then came one more in the 20-0 win against the sorry Latvians, before a second treble against North Macedonia and one more against Northern Ireland in April. 

Remarkably, at domestic level, the 22-year-old has not missed a single WSL game in two seasons. With both youth and experience on her side, she looks to be a player not only at the heart of England’s future, but at the heart of its present, too.

What Toone has said...

"I'm really excited for the Euros - it's going to be a great summer of football. Hopefully we can get as many people as we can to games and to get involved with women's football.

"It [winning the tournament] would mean everything and that's what you want to do, you want to win major tournaments with your country.

"But I think, for us, it's about going there, enjoying ourselves and making ourselves and each other proud and, more importantly, making the nation proud and inspiring a load of young girls to get involved in football."
Ella Toone speaking to Sky Sports in April

Nikita Parris

Age: 28
Position: Forward
Club: Arsenal

Nikita Parris is already a prolific England international and this summer's Euros represents her third major tournament for the Lionesses, having featured at the 2017 Euros and 2019 World Cup.

In qualifying for the France showpiece three years ago, Parris was England's top scorer with six goals. She scored in the opening group match against Scotland too, winning Player of the Match, but came under scrutiny for two missed penalties in the following matches.

But she has shown no ill-effects since - scoring from the spot in a 3-3 draw against Belgium shortly after the World Cup and continues to be involved in the England set-up.

Domestically, Parris' arrival at Arsenal for a club-record fee last summer hasn't quite lived up to the billing. It remains to be seen whether a lack of domestic form will impact her this summer.

Alessia Russo

Age: 23
Position: Forward
Club: Manchester United

After surgery on a hamstring injury, the 2021/22 season has seen Alessia Russo return to action as an integral part of the Manchester United squad.

She had her best-ever goal return of 11 goals in 30 appearances – nine of which came in the WSL - and was named as the Man Utd Players' Player of the Year, adding to her WSL Player of the Month accolade for March.

Russo, who plays as a forward, is another player to have made her way through the England youth ranks – beginning with the U15s – before making her senior debut in March 2020 at the SheBelieves Cup. She was initially included in the training squad, but was added to the ranks after Lucy Bronze withdrew due to injury.

The 23-year-old has already had quite the impact for England too. Her 11-minute hat-trick in the record-breaking 20-0 victory against Latvia in November is the fastest treble ever scored by an England player in history.

With a long international career ahead of her, Russo will be aiming to announce herself on the global stage this summer.

What has Russo said...

“Loads of the girls have experience of playing in unbelievable stadiums. Old Trafford really is one of them and I think experiences like that will obviously help.

“And it gets you even more excited for what could come if it is full. We felt it with 20,000 fans and there will be probably triple that at the Euros.

“I think even just walking out of the tunnel and hearing everyone, and seeing the fans, like down the sides of the tunnel, all wanting high fives.

“It gets you really excited for how much women’s football is growing, and how much further we want to take it.”
Alessia Russo speaking to MEN Sport in April