Euro 2022: the Lionesses ready for a “fairy tale” final against Germany, according to captain Leah Williamson | UK News

Lionesses captain Leah Williamson described Sunday’s Euro 2022 final against Germany as a “fairytale game” and a “day of opportunity”.

Williamson appeared alongside England coach Sarina Wiegman at a press conference ahead of the home final at a sold-out Wembley Stadium.

The pair shared their excitement for the game which Wiegman said will be “tough” for both teams.

“I think the pressure is on both teams and we both have very good teams. I think it will be a very close game, it will be exciting,” added Wiegman.

Victory in Sunday’s match will see the Lionesses end England’s 56-year wait for a major tournament title, something no senior team has done since the 1966 World Cup.

Germany have won 21 of their 27 encounters against the Lionesses, including the Euro 2009 final, but England won the last time they met earlier this year.

Wiegman said England had “trained and prepared for everything”, including penalties.

The atmosphere within the England squad has been described as “calm” ahead of the big day.

“Tomorrow is a final boost”

Wiegman said England had ‘trained and prepared for anything’

With 90,000 fans expected at Wembley on Sunday, Williamson underlined the importance of interest in women’s football.

She added that it’s an “exciting thought” for the team to play at home, adding that “no one ever has a home game without an advantage”.

Germany are looking to win the competition for a record ninth time.

Speaking about the scale of the final, Williamson said: “It’s what we all live for and it’s what we all play football for.”

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The Lionesses train ahead of the Euro final

“Tomorrow is a last ditch effort to achieve what we came to achieve,” she added.

Asked about the team selection, Wiegman didn’t reveal anything, simply saying, “We know how strong our team is.”

To reach the final, the Lionesses beat Spain in the quarter-finals and defeated Sweden 4-0 at Bramall Lane in the semi-finals.

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