what decisions are left to make before Euro 2022 opener?

The opening game of the Euro’s is fast approaching in which the Lionesses will kick the tournament off against Austria at Old Trafford.  

Sarina Wiegman’s side have enjoyed a fruitful run in the lead up to the competition, remaining unbeaten since the former Netherlands midfielder and national coach took the helm last September.

In their three warm up games that took place in June, England beat Belgium, Switzerland and defending European Champions the Netherlands by a minimum of a three-goal margin. This is indicative not only of England’s evident shift in mentality, but of their fluidity on the pitch.

The Lionesses boast an impressive strength in depth, and even more so, a strength in versatility. It was solidified during these matches that several players within the squad are able to slot into various positions, allowing England the luxury of formation changes to suit the characteristics of their opponent.

The midfield and defensive line are where we have seen the biggest rotations. To give some idea of the extent of this, across the three mentioned friendlies, Alex Greenwood started as both a left-back and a centre-back, Georgia Stanway played as a sole and paired attacking midfielder, Keira Walsh anchored the midfield in a single and a double pivot, and Leah Williamson played as a variant of a number six and as a centre-back. 

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