Confident home support Lucy Bronze will help boost England at this summer’s Women’s Euros | Soccer News

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Lucy Bronze spoke of the England women’s hopes of making the most of being the hosts of next month’s Euros, with the team recently speaking with members of the men’s squad about their experiences last summer.

For the past two weeks, the Lionesses and their male counterparts – Euro runners-up a year ago after losing to Italy at Wembley – have been spending time at the St George’s Park camp.

England women are seeking glory at home this summer after reaching the semi-finals in their last three major tournaments.

Bronze – a member of the squad for each of those campaigns – commented on the pressure of the tournament ahead after it was announced that each of England’s group games and the Wembley final will be played to packed houses: “I think that the best and the biggest players I want to play with that, I want to play in those games, with the stadium full.

“And I think we try to see that as a lot of support. He’s our 12th man, hopefully.

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England will play the first of three warm-up matches against Belgium on Thursday.


“We saw what a difference it made for the men’s team last year and we actually spoke to a lot of them over the last week about their experiences and the difference it made, in some way. kind of being that home country – even though they technically weren’t, but they were.

“Obviously they made the final, so I think that’s something we kind of want to replicate and use that to our advantage.”

She added: “It’s a good vibe because I feel like both teams have gelled really well, which hasn’t really happened in the past. They’re just our peers and they see us the same way.”

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Luzy Bronze kept her cards close to her chest when asked about her next club move, saying she was fully focused on England

Asked if she would just mirror England’s men’s achievements last summer, Bronze replied with a smile: “No, I wouldn’t settle for that – I wouldn’t take penalties, we would win the match in normal times!”

The 30-year-old – who is due to leave Manchester City when her contract expires in June – was speaking as Sarina Wiegman’s side had one of their last sessions as a 28-man provisional squad.

The squad is expected to be reduced to 23 for Wednesday’s tournament, a day before the side play the first of three warm-up matches, against Belgium at Molineux.

The groups…

Group A: England, Austria, Norway, Northern Ireland

Group B: Germany, Denmark, Spain, Finland

Group C: Netherlands, Sweden, Portugal, Switzerland

Group D: France, Italy, Belgium, Iceland

The schedule…

Group stage:

Wednesday July 6

Group A: England v Austria – Kick off 8pm, Old Trafford

Thursday July 7

Group A: Norway v Northern Ireland – kick off 8pm, St Mary’s

Friday July 8

Group B: Spain v Finland – Kick off 5.00pm, Stadium MK

Group B: Germany v Denmark – Kick off 8pm, London Community Stadium

Saturday July 9

Group C: Portugal vs Switzerland – kick off 5pm, Leigh Sports Village

Group C: Netherlands v Sweden – kick off 8pm, Bramall Lane

Sunday July 10

Group D: Belgium v ​​Iceland – Kick off 5.00pm, Manchester City Academy Stadium

Group D: France vs Italy – kick-off 8pm, New York Stadium

Monday July 11

Group A: Austria v Northern Ireland – kick off 5pm, St Mary’s

Group A: England v Norway – kick off 8pm, Brighton and Hove Community Stadium

tuesday july 12

Group B: Denmark v Finland – Kick off 5.00pm, Stadium MK

Group B: Germany v Spain – Kick off 8pm, London Community Stadium

Wednesday July 13

Group C: Sweden v Switzerland – kick off 5pm, Bramall Lane

Group C: Netherlands-Portugal – kick-off 8pm, Leigh Sports Village

Thursday July 14

Group D: Italy v Iceland – Kick off 5pm, Manchester City Academy Stadium

Group D: France vs Belgium – kick-off 8pm, New York Stadium

friday july 15

Group A: Northern Ireland v England – kick off 8pm St Mary’s

Group A: Austria v Norway – Kick off 8pm, Brighton and Hove Community Stadium

Saturday July 16

Group B: Finland v Germany – Kick-off 8pm, Stadium MK

Group B: Denmark v Spain – Kick off 8pm, London Community Stadium

Sunday July 17

Group C: Switzerland v Netherlands – kick off 5pm, Bramall Lane

Group C: Sweden v Portugal – kick off 5pm, Leigh Sports Village

Monday July 18

Group D: Iceland vs France – kick-off 8pm, New York Stadium

Group D: Italy v Belgium – Kick off 8pm, Manchester City Academy Stadium

Knockout stage

Quarter-finals

Wednesday July 20

Quarter-final 1: Winners Group A v Runners-up Group B – kick off 8pm, Brighton and Hove Community Stadium

Thursday July 21

Quarter-Final 2: Group B Winners v Group A Runners-up 8pm, London Community Stadium

friday july 22

Quarter-final 3: Winners Group C v Runners-up Group D – kick-off 8pm, Leigh Sports Village

Quarter-Final 4: Winners Group D v Runners-up Group C – kick-off 8pm, New York Stadium

Semi-finals

tuesday july 26

Semi-Final 1: Quarter-Final Winners 1 v Quarter-Final Winners 3 – Kick-off 8pm, Bramall Lane

Wednesday July 27

Semi-Final 2: Winner Quarter-Final 2 v Winner Quarter-Final 4 – Kick-off 8pm, Stadium MK

Final

Sunday July 31

Winners Semi-Final 1 v Winners Semi-Final 2 – Kick-off 5pm, Wembley

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