England’s women's team recently dismantled Norway 8-0 at the Amex Stadium and reminded the world of their quest to become European champions.
Goals from Georgia Stanway, Lauren Hemp, Ellen White (2) , Beth Mead (3), and Alessia Russo completed a historic night for the Lionesses as they romped their way to the knockout round of the tournament. To make things even better, the game was played in front of a capacity crowd in Brighton whose empathic cheers drowned out the cries from those with the archaic view that ‘nobody watches women’s football’.
England Heading For Glory
The game against Norway was played on July 11 - exactly one year after the men’s team failed to win Euro 2020 against Italy and exactly four years after their semi-final heartbreak at the World Cup in Russia. The 8-0 victory went a long way in healing the damage felt by England supporters on that date and cemented England’s status as major players in the theater of European women’s football.
Sarina Wiegman’s women will surely go on to win the tournament now. For my money, there is no other team that plays a brand of football more mesmerizing and formidable than England and I can’t think of many teams that would be a stumbling block for them. I just wish I could say the same for the men’s team - whose insipid recent performances have left fans speculating on their fate in Qatar later this year.
Nevertheless, I’m still backing Southgate’s men to win the tournament and take inspiration from the women’s team on how it’s done. By the end of year, I guarantee that England’s barren trophy room will include the 2022 Women’s European Championship and the FIFA World Cup and there’s nothing anybody can say that’ll change my mind.
Job Not Done Yet
Wiegman said she wanted her players to ‘entertain’ in the game against Norway and they did exactly that. Whilst it was great watching the post-match scenes and listening to the sellout crowd singing Sweet Caroline and Three Lions, we must remember that the job is not done yet.
France, Sweden, and the Netherlands (who are the reigning champions) are all top teams who England must dispatch en-route to the trophy and defeating these teams is much easier said than done.
However, I believe that no football team is a match for the English spirit and I believe our trademark ‘keep calm and carry on’ attitude will see us through to victory. If I was in charge of the team, I’d have the players study videotypes of Boris Johnson guiding this country through difficult times and use them as inspiration.
Sabrina Wiegman must be aware that the public are still reeling from Johnson’s departure and the subsequent problems in the Conservative Party and perhaps that’s why she urged her players to entertain as much as possible.
Mark my words, England are winning this tournament. They have the home advantage, support, and overall quality to go all the way and victory this summer will only be the beginning of our country’s footballing dominance. Football, at long last, seems to be coming home.
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