Euro 2022 LIVE: England vs Austria build-up, line-ups and team news and as Lionesses start home tournament at Old Trafford

England aim to launch women’s Euro 2022 in style

Euro 2022 finally gets underway this evening as hosts England take on Austria at Old Trafford in front of an expected capacity crowd of more than 70,000 fans.

The Lionesses are hoping three points will lay down an early marker in Group A, which features Norway and Northern Ireland as well as tonight’s opponents.

Austria are ranked 21st in Fifa’s world rankings and come into the fixture in good form after an impressive 1-0 victory over Belgium in their final warm-up match last week.

There is legitimate belief that England could finally win their first-ever major women’s football tournament this summer, especially with home advantage. Sarina Wiegman’s side won all three of their warm-up games and entered the tournament as second-favorites behind Spain.

Follow all the action from the opening match of Euro 2022 with our live blog below:


England will benefit from huge home crowds which rivals won’t have experienced, says former No.1

England kick off their Women’s European Championship adventure in Manchester against Austria this evening, with former international goalkeeper Rachel Brown-Finnis believing home advantage could play a crucial role.

Sarina Wiegman’s team will be hoping to go the distance and earn Wembley glory over the coming weeks.

And with over half a million tickets already sold for the tournament, they are set to play in packed stadiums the length of the country, which Brown-Finnis believes will be a new challenge for some players at Euro 2022.

England’s players, though, should reveal in the support and harness the excitement it generates.

“The fact it’s on home turf, not only will it suit them, it will have an advantage because it will give them a little bit of extra motivation, a little bit of extra buzz about seeing 75,000 kids with their faces painted and [fans] wearing their shirts,” Brown-Finnis, who won 82 caps, told BoyleSports Euro 2022.

Luke Baker6 July 2022 17:42


Northern Ireland must show ‘anything is possible’ at Euro 2022, Abbie Magee claims

Defender Abbie Magee says Northern Ireland must use their landmark appearance at Euro 2022 to inspire future generations by showing that “anything is possible”.

Kenny Shiels’ side take on former world champions Norway on Thursday evening in Southampton in what will be a first major tournament outing for the women’s team.

Northern Ireland are the competition’s lowest-ranked nation and face a considerable challenge to progress from a group which also contains Austria and hosts England.

Cliftonville player Magee is determined to seize the opportunity to make a lasting impression on young people in her homeland, including the traveling fans.

Luke Baker6 July 2022 17:31


England striker Ellen White to turn off social media for Euro 2022 for new campaign

Ellen White will again turn off her social media accounts this week ahead of the Women’s European Championship starting but is hopeful EE’s new campaign to tackle online sexism will help make a difference.

The 33-year-old is no stranger to ditching Twitter and Instagram before a major tournament having done the same for the Olympics last year and the 2019 World Cup.

White was among the best performers at both competitions, but it has not stopped her being on the end of abuse on social media.

It is a similar story for men and women footballers up and down the country, which is why EE has unveiled its Hope United 2022 side who tackle sexist hate online.

“The nature of playing football, you do obviously get those comments that aren’t the nicest to see or witness,” White told the PA news agency.

Luke Baker6 July 2022 17:22


Austria not losing to England in Euro 2022 opener would be ‘sensation’, coach admits

Austria head coach Irene Fuhrmann knows only a flawless display will give her side any hope of pulling off a sensational victory over hosts England in the opening match of Euro 2022 at Old Trafford.

Fuhrmann is well aware of the challenge facing her squad in the first Group A fixture, but remains determined for England not to have it all their own way.

“On paper, anything but a win by England would not just be a surprise, but a sensation,” Fuhrmann said. “England are very robust, determined, have high offensive quality and are the top favorites for the European Championship title for me.

“But we are happy that we were given this fixture because it will be a unique experience. We want to draw as much energy as possible from this atmosphere.”

Luke Baker6 July 2022 17:14


England ready to harness ‘exciting moment’ as Lionesses go in search of Euro 2022 glory

England expects, as usual, but this time may have good reason to, writes Northern Football Correspondent Mark Critchley.

Sarina Wiegman’s side are one of several in the open field of favorites for the Women’s European Championship. But when the competition is this tight, home advantage could be critical. And until a potential Wembley final at the end of this month, that advantage will never be more keenly felt than in the curtain raiser against Austria, to be played in front of a capacity 74,120 crowd at Old Trafford.

Things should at least go better than the last time the tournament was on these shores in 2005. Hope Powell’s Lionesses won their opening group game on the other side of town at the City of Manchester Stadium but lost their remaining two and exited early. With crowds twice the size now set to turn out to watch, the excitement, hype and expectation is of an altogether greater magnitude 17 years later. English women’s football is in a much stronger place, as are England themselves.

Luke Baker6 July 2022 17:03


Is England vs Austria on TV? Kick-off time and channel info for Euro 2022 opener

England will kick off their Euro 2022 campaign against Austria on Wednesday evening.

Austria are ranked 21st in Fifa’s world rankings and come into the fixture in good form after an impressive 1-0 victory over Belgium in their final warm-up match last week.

Here’s everything you need to know:

Luke Baker6 July 2022 16:51


Latest odds for Euro 2022

So what do the bookmakers reckon about England’s chances against Austria this evening – and for Euro 2022 as a whole?

The Lionesses are unsurprisingly heavy favorites to defeat the 21st-ranked side in the world and are currently second favorites – behind Spain – for the tournament as a whole.

England all-time record women’s goalscorer Ellen White is also the favorite to win the Golden Boot, although there has to be value in Dutch superstar Vivianne Miedema as a joint second favourite.

Betfair: England v Austria

Betfair: Women’s European Championship 2022 winner

Betfair: Women’s European Championship Golden Boot winner 2022

Ellen White (England): 4/1

Marie-Antoinette Katoto (France): 6/1

Vivianne Miedema (Netherlands): 6/1

Luke Baker6 July 2022 16:42


Nikita Parris aims to use Euro 2022 to show ‘pathway’ for ‘representation’ open at elite level

Of course, with England one of the favourites, there will be huge expectation on the side’s biggest players to perform and secure glory on home soil.

But Parris, 28, also wants to show younger girls and women that they can achieve their dreams no matter their background or the challenges facing them.

The 65-cap attacker has spoken about a relative lack of representation of Black athletes within the Women’s Super League at present, despite clear strides made on that front compared to when she was a youngster herself. And that’s where she feels being on the big stage can play a meaningful role in helping to show the “pathway” remains available and open to those who want to follow her career trajectory.

Luke Baker6 July 2022 16:34


England vs Austria: Five talking points as Euro 2022 gets underway

Having reached the Euros final twice before, in 1984 and 2009, the Lionesses will be hoping to go one better this time under the guidance of Wiegman, who guided her native Netherlands to European Championship glory in 2017 and the World Cup final two years later. Under Wiegman, England are unbeaten in 14 matches, winning 12 and scoring 84 goals to just three conceded. Austria manager Irene Fuhrmann has been involved in the national set-up since retiring from playing in 2008, taking the top job in 2020. She is the first woman to hold the position.

Luke Baker6 July 2022 16:26


England vs Austria: Five talking points as Euro 2022 gets underway

The form of Ellen White up front will be key to Sarina Wiegman’s side’s hopes of progressing far in the tournament. The Lionesses’ record scorer with 50 goals had a disrupted build-up after contracting coronavirus but she has recovered in time for Wednesday’s match and will be out to add to her international tally from her.

Luke Baker6 July 2022 16:20

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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