England vs Germany: Three key issues that could decide Euro 2022 final at Wembley

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England vs Germany: Three key issues that could decide Euro 2022 final at Wembley
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England meet Germany at Wembley on Sunday in a massive Women’s Euro 2022 final.

Here, Standard Sport’s Simon Collings looks at three key issues that could prove decisive to the outcome of a colossal clash between old rivals...

Bright must master Popp

England defender Millie Bright has been one of the stars of Euro 2022, but she will have her work cut out trying to stop Germany striker Alexandra Popp.

The 31-year-old is incredibly physical and looks to use her power to bring others into play. Bright is a strong centre-back and she will need to impose herself early on to ensure Germany do not get off to a fast start at Wembley.

In Pictures | Women’s Euro 2022 (Semi-Final): England vs Sweden - Lionesses celebrate victory

England’s Ellen White, Hannah Hampton celebrate and teammates celebrate (REUTERS)
England’s Ellen White, Hannah Hampton celebrate and teammates celebrate (REUTERS)
Ella Toone and Rachel Daly of England celebrate (The FA via Getty Images)
Ella Toone and Rachel Daly of England celebrate (The FA via Getty Images)
England’s Beth Mead, left, celebrates after scoring her side’s first goal (AP)
England’s Beth Mead, left, celebrates after scoring her side’s first goal (AP)
England’s midfielder Fran Kirby celebrates after scoring her team fourth goal (AFP via Getty Images)
England’s midfielder Fran Kirby celebrates after scoring her team fourth goal (AFP via Getty Images)
Lucy Bronze of England celebrates scoring their side’s second goal (Getty Images)
Lucy Bronze of England celebrates scoring their side’s second goal (Getty Images)
Alessia Russo of England scores  a sublime back heel third goal whilst under pressure from Caroline Seger and Jonna Andersson of Sweden (Getty Images)
Alessia Russo of England scores a sublime back heel third goal whilst under pressure from Caroline Seger and Jonna Andersson of Sweden (Getty Images)
Alessia Russo of England celebrates scoring their side’s third goal (Getty Images)
Alessia Russo of England celebrates scoring their side’s third goal (Getty Images)
England’s coach Sarina Wiegman celebrates with England’s midfielder Jill Scott (AFP via Getty Images)
England’s coach Sarina Wiegman celebrates with England’s midfielder Jill Scott (AFP via Getty Images)
England players celebrate in the dressing room after their sides victory (The FA via Getty Images)
England players celebrate in the dressing room after their sides victory (The FA via Getty Images)
England’s Leah Williamson, left, and Ellen White celebrate (AP)
England’s Leah Williamson, left, and Ellen White celebrate (AP)
The England team form a huddle following victory (The FA via Getty Images)
The England team form a huddle following victory (The FA via Getty Images)

Walsh key to tempo

England’s forwards caught the eye against Sweden, but it was their midfield that really won them the game. Keira Walsh has flown under the radar this tournament but she is vital to making the Lionesses tick and dictating the tempo of the game.

Germany will look to press England high up the pitch, so Walsh will be vital in ensuring they stay composed on the ball and find a way through the defence.

Beth Mead will look to claim the Golden Boot and spearhead England to sporting immortality (Getty Images)
Beth Mead will look to claim the Golden Boot and spearhead England to sporting immortality (Getty Images)

Mead’s striking impact

Beth Mead is the joint top scorer at this tournament with six. She has been on fire and will hope that run continues at Wembley on Sunday.

Mead has developed a crucial knack of scoring big goals too, notably England’s winner in the opening game and their first in the semi-final, which paved the way for the rout of Sweden.

A goal against Germany in front of 90,000 would top that and send her on the way to becoming a national hero.

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