Jonna Andersson admits home crowds will help England

Sweden full-back Jonna Andersson has suggested that home support could give England the edge at Euro 2022 this month, admitting that ‘small margins’ will likely decide who comes out on top at an incredibly competitive tournament.

Sweden are the highest ranked European nation on FIFA’s global standings, while the likes of Germany, France, Spain and reigning champions Netherlands are all also fancied in addition to England, who have been to semi-finals at three consecutive major competitions since 2015.

The Lionesses will open Euro 2022 with a Group A clash against Austria at a sold-out Old Trafford on Wednesday evening, with more than 70,000 expected to attend.

“They have a lot of incredibly skilled players and have the championship at home, which they can perhaps be strengthened by and get the fans in every match. I definitely see them as a great candidate to fight for the gold,” Andersson told the Swedish media.

“There are small margins. It will be a tough championship for all nations and I think it is the small margins that will win it.”

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