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Women's EURO England 2022 - Fooball: All You Need to Know

A great opportunity beckons for England as hosts of this year's Women's European Championship, which begins in July with the Lionesses taking on Austria at a sold-out Old Trafford.

Throughout July, the 16 involved nations will battle it out to be crowned champions of Europe, playing at venues such as Brighton's Amex Stadium, Sheffield's Bramall Lane and, of course, Wembley Stadium.

Wiegman's England set to feel pressure as tournament hosts

What: Women's EURO England 2022
Where: England (ten venues, eight host cities)
When: 6th July to 31st July
How to watch: BBC One / Two / iPlayer
Odds To win outright: Spain 9/2, England 9/2, France 5/1, Netherlands 5/1

Sarina Wiegman only took charge of England's Women's team back in September 2021 and already she finds herself leading this Lionesses squad into arguably the biggest tournament of their careers.

As tournament hosts, much is expected of England, who are 9/2 to lift the trophy at Wembley.

In Group A with Austria, Norway and Northern Ireland, the Lionesses have been dealt a relatively soft draw.

Northern Ireland are massive outsiders at 250/1 in the outright market, while the Norwegians could prove their trickiest opponents with Barcelona ace Caroline Graham Hansen set to lead their attack.

England have never won the Euros but reached the semi-finals of the last edition back in 2017, when the Netherlands won the trophy under the guise of Wiegman.

And Wiegman will surely feel she can replicate what she achieved with her home country with England given the galaxy of stars at her disposal - from veteran Jill Scott and reliable captain Leah Williamson to world-class attacking players such as Ellen White and Beth Mead, who ranked among the leading scorers in the Women's Super League last season.

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Spain look the most likely to spoil the party

With Spain rated 9/2 to win Euro 2022, they could be England's fiercest competition this summer.

In the last major tournament in which they played - the 2019 World Cup - the Spanish reached the round of 16, losing 2-1 to the USA, who went on to lift the trophy.

But they have strengthened even more since then and Jorge Vilda has one of the most talented squads in the tournament at his disposal.

The Spain team is built around the same core that was the driving force behind Barcelona's run to the Champions League final last season with the experienced Jennifer Hermoso leading the attack, Alexia Putellas tying everything together in midfield and Sandra Panos lining up in goal.

Spain face a tougher group than England, though, with Germany, Denmark and Finland joining them in Group B.

Netherlands and Sweden make up a competitive Group C

The Netherlands may no longer have Wiegman in the dugout with Mark Parsons now in charge but the bulk of the squad that won the title in 2017 are still together.

The ever-reliable Sherida Spitse, who has nearly 200 caps to her name, still stars in midfield alongside the likes of Danielle van de Donk and Jill Roord, whilst Arsenal's Vivianne Miedema spearheads the attack with the likes of Lieke Martens.

It would be foolish to dismiss the Dutch in the outright betting but they will certainly have their work cut out in one of the standout matches of the group stage against Sweden.

The Swedes were Olympic silver medalists in Tokyo last year and achieved a third-placed finish at the last World Cup in France, losing to the Netherlands in extra time.

Among their star players is Chelsea defender Magdalena Eriksson and 37-year-old midfielder Caroline Seger, who captains the side.

The Netherlands and Sweden will also face Switzerland and Portugal in Group C.

France the pick of the teams in Group D

Group D features France, Italy, Iceland and Belgium with the French the standout side to cause a stir.

They are 3/10 to win their group and are 5/1 to go the distance in England this July.

There was, indeed, a lot to like about France in qualifying as they won seven of their eight matches, scoring 44 goals and, remarkably, not conceding in the process.

Having Lyon legend Wendie Renard marshalling their rearguard will have certainly helped in that regard, while at the other end of the pitch they have one of the brightest young players in Europe in Marie-Antoinette Katoto, who scored seven times for Paris Saint-Germain in the 2021-22 Champions League.

She is worth keeping an eye on in Group D and the tournament as a whole.

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