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After a thrilling extra-time victory against Spain in the quarter-finals, England march on to the final four, where they've been pitted against Sweden on Tuesday evening. The Lionesses enjoyed a perfect group stage, scoring 14 goals unanswered to top Group A and reach the knockouts, but an early setback against Spain tested England's resolve. Esther Gonzales' goal just before the hour mark piled on the pressure, but Ella Toone came off the bench to score the equaliser with just six minutes remaining, and Georgia Stanway netted the winner in remarkable fashion in extra-time. Sweden also enjoyed a late winner in their quarter-final clash with Belgium, with Linda Sembrant's 92nd minute goal sending them through to the final four.
Ranked second in the world, Sweden are bound to give England another tough test on Tuesday evening, but defender Demi Stokes insists the whole squad is prepared for the challenge. "We have to stick to the process, which we have been doing and I think it has been about taking each game and tackling it head on," the 30-year-old said. "Credit to the team from the last game, but it is about everyone, the whole 23 and the staff as well. It is about being consistent, doing the right things and fingers crossed we get the right result. "It is a squad of 23 and I think everyone knows their role, but equally, for those that are not playing, it is about pushing your team-mates and how can you help them? "Even from the training sessions you can see that and people are saying, 'Well, if you do this, I do find that hard, so if you run in behind I will find it difficult', and those little conversations from everyone is helping.
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"Equally the subs that have come on have done a brilliant job and it shows the depth we have in the squad. Going into tournament football, that is something you need." Wiegman used her bench to great effect in last week's quarter-final win over Spain, with Ella Toone levelling late on after a knock-down by fellow substitute Alessia Russo. Chloe Kelly and Alex Greenwood also impressed after their introductions in normal time, while experienced duo Jill Scott and Nikita Parris helped close out the tie at the death.
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