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England travel to Zurich to take on Switzerland in their final warm-up match before Euro 2022 gets underway on home soil next week.
The Lionesses are still unbeaten since coach Sarina Wiegman took over last September and impressive victories over Belgium and reigning European champions Netherlands in their most recent two warm-up fixtures have extended that record.
England are legitimate contenders to win Euro 2022 but this is Wiegman’s last chance to take a look at her players before the tournament’s opening match against Austria at Old Trafford next Wednesday.
Switzerland have also qualified for the tournament, so will provide a stiff test for the Lionesses, who have their 50-goal record scorer Ellen White available again after she missed the victory over the Dutch after testing positive for Covid.
Relive the action as England triumph in their final Euros warm-up match against Switzerland:
Switzerland vs England
England beat Switzerland in final Euro 2022 warm-up match in Zurich
Euro 2022 begins next Wednesday, with the Lionesses taking on Austria
FULL-TIME! Switzerland 0-4 England
90’ - GOAL! Scott nods in number four (0-4)
76’ - GOAL! England adds a third goal with a header (0-3)
73’ - GOAL! Stanway penalty doubles the advantage (0-2)
55’ - GOAL! Russo heads in to give Lionesses the lead (0-1)
31’ - OFF THE LINE! Daly’s header cleared off the line (0-0)
4’ - SAVE! Kirby brilliantly denied from close range by Friedli (0-0)
England cruise to impressive win over Switzerland in final Euro 2022 warm-up
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England concluded their Euro 2022 warm-up matches with another win as efforts from Alessia Russo, Georgia Stanway and substitutes Bethany England and Jill Scott saw them defeat Switzerland 4-0 in Zurich.
The Lionesses went in front via Russo’s 56th-minute header as the striker met Rachel Daly’s delivery.
Stanway then doubled the lead with a penalty in the 74th minute, England nodded in two minutes later, and Scott subsequently made it four with a header of her own in stoppage time.
It was another strong second-half showing from Sarina Wiegman’s side after they scored three goals after break when beating Belgium 3-0 at Molineux in their opening warm-up game, then four in the 5-1 victory over the Netherlands at Elland Road last week, with substitutes again making an impact.
And it makes it 12 wins in 14 games unbeaten under the Dutchwoman for England, who look in considerably good shape ahead of kicking off their home Euros campaign by playing Austria at Old Trafford on Wednesday.
Alessia Russo: We were patient
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England’s first goalscorer Alessia Russo spoke to ITV after the win.
She said: “There were times in the first half when we could have scored but we were patient and spoke about keeping the tempo high, the ball moving and we did that in the second half. The subs came on and made a difference as well.
“As a striker, you want to score but it’s nice that my goal was a team goal. It’s great that the team put out a great performance. Now the warm-ups are done, we can focus and lock in on the game against Austria.”
FULL-TIME! Switzerland 0-4 England
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And that’s full-time in Zurich. A comprehensive win for England - a superb display.
90+4’ - GOAL! Switzerland 0-4 England (Scott 90+4’)
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Time for one last goal for the Lionesses.
Another cross into the box causes havoc and Jill Scott loses her marker to nod home. Great stuff
90+2’ - Switzerland 0-3 England
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An attempted ball through just runs beyond Parris and out for a goal kick. Final knockings of this game.
90’ - Switzerland 0-3 England
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England do a short free-kick routine from the left as Kelly touches the ball to Toone, who finds Carter on the edge of the box but her shot is blocked wide.
Switzerland then scramble the corner away.
85’ - Switzerland 0-3 England
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Daly gives away a free-kick for a robust challenge but Switzerland can’t capitalise. England seeing this out comfortably now
82’ - Switzerland 0-3 England
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Another impressive display from the Lionesses and they’re heading into Euro 2022 in great form. They have to be one of the favourites, especially on home soil.
Almost a fourth as a sumptuous ball over the top by Walsh is millimetres beyond Parris, who can’t quite bring it down on the stretch
79’ - Switzerland 0-3 England
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Jill Scott on for Georgia Stanway as England continue to ring the changes.
They're showing no signs of letitng up either as they burst forward again but Switzerland defend the cross this time and scramble clear.
76’ - GOAL! Switzerland 0-3 England (England 76’)
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Lauren Hemp taken off with Nikita Parris coming on.
And now it’s 3-0 to England! Their impressive set-pieces finally yield a goal as Stanway whips the ball in from a corner, Kelly dummies it and Bethany England powers in a header. A great goal and the Lionesses are pulling away.
73’ - GOAL! Switzerland 0-2 England (Stanway pen 73’)
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GOAL! Georgia Stanway steps up confidently for the penalty and fires the ball into the left-hand corner. Keeper goes the right way but has no chance. Great pen that.
72’ - PENALTY! Switzerland 0-1 England
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A lot going on here! Kelly floats in a cross from the left and Hemp volleys it spectacularly, it’s going in but cleared off the line!
A soft penalty then awarded in the aftermath as it gets a bit scrappy.
70’ - SAVE! Switzerland 0-1 England
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WHAT A SAVE! A fantastic ball in from the left flank and England breaks free of her marker to head at goal. Friedli does brilliantly to acrobatically tip the ball over the bar though
69’ - Switzerland 0-1 England
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Yellow card for Georgia Stanway. Not a great tackle as she slides and sticks her foot in on Maendly but misses the ball - clear booking. This free-kick is probably 22 yards away towards the left side of the box.
Maendly curls the ball in and England just about turn it behind with Calligaris poised to turn it home but the flag goes up for offside anyway
68’ - CLOSE! Switzerland 0-1 England
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Lionesses win the corner and Stanway’s front-post cross finds an unmarked England but she heads over the bar.
66’ - CLOSE! Switzerland 0-1 England
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Big chance for Switzerland! Aigbogun gets forward from left-back again and England let her deep cross bounce between the defender. Sow gets a touch but Earps can watch it wide. A let-off
65’ - Switzerland 0-1 England
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CLOSE! A glorious whipped cross from the right by Kelly, right into the danger area, Hemp gets ahead of her marker and lunges at the ball but can’t quite connect cleanly to divert it home.
64’ - Switzerland 0-1 England
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Toone immediately gets some space on the left and a low ball across find Hemp but she can’t get a clean connection on the run and it bobbles through to Friedli.
62’ - Switzerland 0-1 England
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The Lionesses showing their depth here - Toone, Carter, Kelly and England not a bad quartet to be bringing on!
Of those who came off, Greenwood’s set-pieces were good today and Russo deservedly got her goal after an impressive performance up front. She might have leapfrogged her way to second in the pecking order behind Ellen White for the No 9 role.
60’ - Switzerland 0-1 England
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Quadruple sub for England.
First of all, Fran Kirby off, with Ella Toone coming on. Bethany England on for Alessia Russo, Jess Carter replaces Alex Greenwood and Chloe Kelly enters the fray in place of Beth Mead.
59’ - Switzerland 0-1 England
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Nice link-up play from England as they push forward again. Walsh battles with her marker to keep the attack alive, Daly is slipped in behind the defence and her ball across the six-yard box is half scrambled away before Kirby’s shot is blocked and it’s properly cleared
56’ - Switzerland 0-1 England
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Mead tries a long-range effort looking to catch the keeper out almost immediately from kick-off but it sails just wide!
55’ - GOAL! Switzerland 0-1 England (Russo 55')
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England finally have the breakthrough!
It starts with Leah Williamson firing a cross-field ball to Rachel Daly, who whips a perfect back-post cross and Alessia Russo nods it back across the goal into the far corner.
A great header from Russo and no more than she deserves for an industrious performance!
54’ - Switzerland 0-0 England
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Stanway pushes Aigbogun in the back for a Switzerland free-kick and the game is becoming a bit more physical as Mead is knocked to the ground in a 50-50.
England still looking for a way through
51’ - Switzerland 0-0 England
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Hemp receiving treatment on her wrist from the physios but she looks ok to continue with a bit of strapping.
50’ - Switzerland 0-0 England
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Lauren Hemp’s first-time ball into the box is just a bit too long and Hemp then takes a blow on the wrist as she competes for a ball in the air. Hopefully that’s nothing serious - she’s a key cog in this England machine.
49’ - Switzerland 0-0 England
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A bit disjointed from England at the back but Reuteler takes her eye off the ball and it bobbles through to Earps.
The Lionesses keen to play out from the back and doing ti well so far - that’s a clear staple of what Sarina Wiegman is trying to do since taking charge.
46’ - Switzerland 0-0 England
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Early free-kick in a dangerous positon for England as Stanway is brought down. Ball out near the right touchline, level with the edge of the penalty area.
A low delivery from Stanway and Hemp runs in front of her marker, gets her foot to it but can only divert it wide. A good run from Hemp.
45’ - KICK-OFF! Switzerland 0-0 England
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A couple of changes for Switzerland at the break but none for England. Back underway in Zurich.
Switzerland 0-0 England
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Leah Williamson playing at centre-back today and impressing so far. She gives the Lionesses another distribution option coming out of defence
Switzerland 0-0 England
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Looking at replays at half-time and that potential Maritz handball before the break does look like it struck her arm. If VAR was in operation, that might have been a spot-kick.
England have been wasteful in the first 45 minutes but they produced a second-half blitz against Netherlands last time out, so will look to do the same again.
And five of their eight goals in the last two matches have been scored by substitutes, so the Lionesses have a habit of coming on strong.
HALF-TIME! Switzerland 0-0 England
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And that’s half-time. A scoreless first half but the Lionesses have had the better chances with a couple of great saves by Friedli and a Rachel Daly header cleared off the line.
45’ - Switzerland 0-0 England
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Turnabout is fair play, I guess... Russo goes in hard on Calligaris as she tries to win the ball back but takes all player and no ball. It was a bit late as well. A yellow card for Russo, which she can’t complain about.
44’ - Switzerland 0-0 England
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Yellow card for Viola Calligaris (a cracking name by the way!) as she brings down Russo - had to really, in order to stop the Lionesses forward getting through on goal.
It means a free-kick on the right that Greenwood whips in and Reuteler makes a mess of her clearance but the referee blows up for a high foot against Stanway, who blocked it. A bit of a let-off for the Swiss there.
43’ - Switzerland 0-0 England
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Another good Greenwood corner to the back post causes havoc in the Swiss area. Daly rises highest but it just brushes off her head and the ball then hits Maritz near the arm, probably chest though and England’s appeals for a penalty are waved away. The Swiss able to clear
42’ - Switzerland 0-0 England
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Bright optimistically tries one from about 30 or 35 yards but it’s blocked. Have to respect the ambition! The Lionesses then hassle Aigbogun but she’s able to slice the ball clear.
Some more neat link-up ends with Stanway whipping in a cross but Aigbogun nods it out for a corner.
39’ - CLOSE! Switzerland 0-0 England
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Daly goes in for a 50-50 against Reuteler and comes out second best. She stays down afterwards.
The Swiss break down the left and a gorgeous cross from Maendly bounces beyond the diving Earps where Crnogorcevic gets a foot on it by sliding in at the back post but can’t get a proper connection and it bobbles wide. Close! Probably Switzerland’s best chance
37’ - Switzerland 0-0 England
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The passing and ball retention has been very good by the Lionesses today but they haven’t quite been able to break down the Swiss red wall.
34’ - Switzerland 0-0 England
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England try to go aerial to Hemp but she can’t win the ball against a defender towering over her. Probably not the best tactic to be honest - much better ways to get Hemp in the game.
31’ - OFF THE LINE! Switzerland 0-0 England
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Great corner by Greenwood, hung up to the back post and Daly powers a header past Friedli but Crnogorcevic is there to head off the line for another corner! Close!
29’ - Switzerland 0-0 England
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A quick drinks break - it’s pretty warm out in Zurich.
Alessia Russo has looked very tidy deputising for Ellen White through the middle. More good work from her as she works the ball out of a tight position, holds it up well and finds a teammate. THat eventually leads to a corner.
27’ - Switzerland 0-0 England
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The Swiss are very well-organised and England having to be patient to try and exploit any gaps. A ball fizzed to Hemp looks to have her through on goal but Calligaris gets back well to force the corner.
Wälti then gets in front of Kirby when another slid ball looks like it might release the speedster.
25’ - Switzerland 0-0 England
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Greenwood’s corner is headed away well by Bühler - into a decent area though, at the near post. As Emma Hayes mentions of co-commentary for ITV, a third of all goals at women’s tournaments come from set-pieces so it’s vital to get them right.
23’ - Switzerland 0-0 England
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There looks like plenty of space for England to exploit on the counter but a promising move breaks down. Sow gets room on the right when Switzerland win the ball back, with Williamson out of position, but the Lionesses able to recover.
At the other end, Mead fires in a cross from the right that’s blocked behind for a corner.
21’ - Switzerland 0-0 England
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Reuteler looking bright down the left for the Swiss. She gets half a yard of space but her first cross is blocked and the second runs through with no teammate able to get a touch. Something for the Lionesses to keep an eye on though.
18’ - Switzerland 0-0 England
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Nice link-up play from England in midfield as they probe, awaiting a gap to exploit. A ball through runs too far though and Friedli can safely claim.
15’ - Switzerland 0-0 England
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After a frantic start, the game has settled into more of a rhythm now. Switzerland looking to patiently build but the Lionesses staying strong defensively. The Swiss full-backs are quite advanced, so there could be room in behind to exploit.
That’s closer from the Swiss though as Bachmann whips a cross in from the left and Crnogorcevic nearly gets her head to it but it’s flicked behind for a corner that England are able to survive.
CLOSE! 10’ - Switzerland 0-0 England
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Another near miss for the Lionesses.
Hemp is released down the left and puts in a great first-time cross. Russo slides in around the six-yard box and gets there first but her goalwards flick is kept out by Friedli, although the ball does squirm under her body and she has to dive backwards to prevent the ball going over the line. Great move by England and close to the opener!
9’ - Switzerland 0-0 England
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A clumsy foul by Stanway gives Switzerland a free-kick in a dangerous position just to the right of the area. Bachman whips it in but Mary Earps claims it.
6’ - Switzerland 0-0 England
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MISS! Brilliant work by Russo on halfway allowing England to counter-attack. She battles for the ball and slips Mead away down the right.
It’s a two on one but Mead doesn’t get her head up to find Kirby. She then cuts back to Hemp on the edge of the area instead, who jinks inside one defender but her shot is straight at Friedli. A real chance missed.
SAVE! 4’ - Switzerland 0-0 England
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WHAT A SAVE! So close for the Lionesses.
Walsh switches the ball to Daly, good link play from Russo and it breaks for Kirby in the box, who should score from about six yards out. But Switzerland keeper Friedli gets across and saves with her leg. A brilliant stop!
3’ - Switzerland 0-0 England
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More promising from England as they attack down the left and the always-dangerous Lauren Hemp’s whipped cross is ina great area but no-one can get on the end of it. If drifts harmlessly out for a goal-kick.
A clever inside flick for Kirby, intended for Russo, is then just about cut out by the Swiss defence
1’ - Switzerland 0-0 England
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Underway in Zurich. Switzerland almost immediately on the attack as Sow looks to put a ball across the box but the Lionesses scramble it clear.
Switzerland vs England
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Anthems complete and we’re about to get underway in Zurich. 11,000 tickets sold - a record for a women’s international in Switzerland
Switzerland vs England
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Five minutes until kick-off in Zurich
England team news
16:47 , Luke Baker
Less than 15 minutes until kick-off and a quick reminder of the Lionesses team named this afternoon.
There are three England changes from the side who thrashed the Netherlands. Beth Mead, Georgia Stanway and Alessia Russo replace Chloe Kelly, Bethany England and the ill Lucy Bronze.
Ellen White is on the bench after recovering from Covid.
England XI: Earps; Daly, Bright, Williamson, Greenwood; Walsh, Stanway, Kirby; Hemp, Kirby, Mead
Switzerland vs England stats
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A couple more stats for you, courtesy of OPTA. You only need to watch Lauren Hemp to realise how electric she is but this just proves it
- Lauren Hemp has been involved in more goals than any other England player in 2022 (9 – 3 goals, 6 assists), scoring and assisting twice last time out against the Netherlands.
- England have scored eight goals in their last two games (3 v Belgium and 5 v the Netherlands), with five of those being scored by substitutes (Chloe Kelly, Rachel Daly, Beth Mead x2 and Ella Toone).
- Having won six successive matches between September – November 2021, Switzerland have since gone winless in five games (D2 L3), losing each of their last two (v Italy & Germany). The Swiss haven’t lost three on the bounce in all competitions since February of last year.
England record-breaker Beth Mead says competition for places has improved form
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Beth Mead says competition for places has helped improve her performance after she continued her superb form by setting a new England record last Friday.
Having been brought on as a substitute at half-time, Mead scored twice as the Lionesses thrashed the Netherlands 5-1 at Elland Road in their penultimate warm-up match ahead of next month’s home European Championship.
Registering her 13th and 14th goals for her country since the start of 2021-22, she broke a 61-year-old England record held by Jimmy Greaves for scoring the most goals in a season.
Euro 2022 TV schedule: Where can I watch the games?
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Euro 2022 finally gets underway in July after the tournament was postponed by a year due to the pandemic.
England have the chance to claim victory on home soil after falling short at the semi-final stage in the 2019 World Cup and the Lionesses remain unbeaten since head coach Sarina Wiegman took charge.
“I am excited by what is possible for this group. We all know this is a huge opportunity and it is one we have to grab with both hands,” Wiegman said after naming her final squad for the tournament.
“The chance to represent the nation on such a big stage on home soil is one to relish. This group so far has proven they are prepared to give it all they have in every training session, in every meeting and in every game.”
Spain are considered the slight favourites to clinch glory, though, with captain and Ballon d’Or winner Alexia Putellas aiming to replicate the success of Barcelona’s domestic treble. France and the Netherlands will also provide a major threat - although the Lionesses hammered the reigning European champions 5-1 in a warm-up match - while England must nullify Ada Hegerberg and avoid a slip-up against Norway in the group stage.
Here’s all you need to know about how to watch the tournament.
England team news
16:17 , Luke Baker
Ellen White has recovered sufficiently from Covid to take her place on the bench but it will be the likes of Lauren Hemp, Alessia Russo, Beth Mead and Fran Kirby providing the attacking impetus for England today.
Young Manchester United star Russo likely to lead the line - will be intriguing to see how she gets on.
England XI to face Switzerland
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Here’s the England team to take on Switzerland today.
England XI: Earps; Daly, Bright, Williamson, Greenwood; Walsh, Stanway, Kirby; Hemp, Russo, Mead
— Lionesses (@Lionesses) June 30, 2022
Switzerland vs England
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England are ready!
Switzerland vs England - OPTA stats
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A few stats to whet your appetite ahead of this afternoon’s contest, courtesy of our friends at OPTA.
- This will be the 11th meeting between England and Switzerland across all competitions, with the Lionesses winning nine of the previous ten meetings (D1), scoring 30 while conceding just six in reply.
- The Lionesses have only faced Finland (13) and Northern Ireland (11) on more occasions without ever losing than Switzerland (10).
- Switzerland have lost all four of their home matches against England by an aggregate scoreline of 13-3, with their last such defeat also coming in a Friendly in June 2017 (4-0).
- England remain unbeaten in their last 13 matches in all competitions (W11 D2), since a 0-2 loss to Canada in April last year, scoring 80 goals and conceding just three during this period.
Leah Williamson embracing responsibility of leading England at Euro 2022
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Leah Williamson says she feels a sense of “responsibility rather than pressure” as she prepares to captain England at a home Euros.
The 25-year-old has also spoken about how she has been taking note of the behaviour of other captains, including England cricket skipper Ben Stokes.
Having been given the armband by boss Sarina Wiegman in a number of games through the season in the absence of the injured Steph Houghton, Williamson was then confirmed as Lionesses captain for this summer’s Euros in April.
She heads into the showpiece with her previous senior major tournament experience featuring one substitute appearance at the 2019 World Cup in France, as well as playing three times for Great Britain at the Tokyo Olympics last year.
Ellen White boosts England with return to training before final Euro 2022 warm-up match
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White, the Lionesses’ 50-goal record scorer, missed last Friday’s 5-1 victory over the Netherlands at Elland Road having tested positive for Covid.
The Manchester City striker has subsequently made the trip to Switzerland, who England play in Zurich on Thursday before opening the home Euros by taking on Austria at Old Trafford next Wednesday.
And boss Sarina Wiegman told a press conference regarding White: “She’s good. It took a while, so we’re glad she’s back, she’s very happy too.
“She’ll start on the pitch today and hopefully we can build her up again and get her ready for the Euros. Maybe one or two days she took it easy, and then she could train by herself, she got a programme. She’s in shape.”
Switzerland vs England
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England will head to Stadion Letzigrund looking to maintain Sarina Wiegman’s unbeaten record as coach since she took over last September and their away form has been pretty stellar lately.
The Lionesses have won each of their last four away games without conceding a goal and the record against Switzerland is exceptional - winning 9 and drawing 1 of the 10 fixtures the sides have contested throughout their histories
Switzerland vs England
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Welcome to The Independent’s live coverage of England’s final Euro 2022 warm-up match against Switzerland.
The warm-ups could hardly have gone better for the Lionesses so far, with a battling victory over Belgium followed by a 5-1 thumping of reigning European champions Netherlands.
And now they complete preparations by facing a Swiss side who have also qualified for the European Championships and will be looking to make a statement against Sarina Wiegman’s outfit.
Stick with us as we take you through all the action.