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Player Ratings: How the triumphant Lionesses fared at Euro 2022 | England women’s football team

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Mary Earps (goalkeeper) 9

It’s no exaggeration to say that Earps kept England in the tournament at times and never more so than at the start of the semi-final against Sweden. Sarina Wiegman is the first Lionesses manager to trust the Manchester United keeper and Earps repaid her.

Lucy Bronze (defender) 8

Barcelona’s new right-back has revealed she’s still in pain following her fifth knee surgery but, as she moves on, you would never have guessed. Took too many defensive risks at times, but also confused a string of opponents.

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Millie Bright (defender) 9

The central defensive cornerstone. Set the tone for the tournament with a beautifully incisive and intelligent performance in Old Trafford’s Group A opener against Austria. Strong on the ground, in the air and, at times, on offense, she complemented Leah Williamson perfectly.

Leah Williamson (defender) 9

An impressive captain who returned to his natural role as a central defence, pushing Alex Greenwood to the bench on the eve of the tournament. Her Franco Baresi-esque positioning proved so exceptional that she rarely needed to resort to tackles. The ideal partner for Bright.

Rachel Daly (defender) 7

Was preferred over Demi Stokes and Jess Carter at left-back and, a tough game against Spain aside, did well as a right-footer in a not-quite-familiar role. No one would have guessed that Daly operates as a forward for her club, Houston Dash.

Keira Walsh (midfielder) 9

A serious player of the tournament contender. The midfield anchor kept things together while changing the game with his defensive passing. Without Walsh, it’s hard to imagine England would have won the tournament.

Georgia Stanway (midfielder) 8

Reveled in a box-to-box role alongside Walsh and, despite not being a natural No. 8, did very well. Maybe lucky not to have been sent off for a second yellow card in the final, but otherwise Bayern Munich’s new midfielder has adapted perfectly. And who can forget his winning goal in the quarter-finals against Spain?

Fran Kirby (playmaker) 9

The Chelsea player didn’t quite have the desired impact in the final but played a huge role in getting England there. Reminisced about many of their best moves after recovering from a fatigue-related illness that threatened his involvement.

Beth Mead scored six goals at Euro 2022. Photography: Marc Atkins/Getty Images

Beth Mead (forward) 9

Another strong player from the tournament contender. His six goals in five games helped England get to Wembley, a feat amplified by Mead’s position on the right. The Arsenal striker displayed excellent control, a sticky touch and a deft finish, all of which terrified opponents.

Ellen White (forward) 7

The goals dried up for England’s top scorer but she worked hard and misunderstood very well, pressing hard and leaving defenders exhausted by the time she was replaced by super substitute Alessia Russo. She didn’t start every match out of sentiment.

Lauren Hemp (Striker) 8

By his own admission, the Manchester City left-winger hasn’t always been on top form, but his pace and incisive deliveries have consistently ruffled right-backs. A world-class player in the making, she is, quite rightly, one of the first names on the team.

Alessia Russo (forward) 9

The Manchester United player will forever be synonymous with her backheel goal against Sweden. Talk about a game-changing replacement. And to think that before the tournament, critics wondered if there was enough attacking coverage for the Whites. Appeared in all six games from the bench, scoring four goals, with only Mead and Alex Popp (six each) scoring more.

Chloe Kelly (forward) 9

It was unclear if the Manchester City winger would recover from the ACL injury that sidelined her for almost a year. But she recovered and Kelly provided a Brandi Chastain moment by stripping his shirt after scoring the extra-time winner against Germany.

Ella Toone's fine finish against Germany after coming off the bench set England on course for victory in the final at Wembley.
Ella Toone’s fine finish against Germany after coming off the bench set England on course for victory in the final at Wembley. Photograph: Leila Coker/AP

Ella Toone (forward) 9

Another game changer from the bench. His 84th-minute quarter-final equalizer against Spain saved England, earning extra time, and his first goal in the final was a wonderfully assured lob that will live long in the collective memory.

Jill Scott (midfielder) 7

A link between the team that lost the 2009 final to Germany in Finland, Scott is, at 35, the only survivor of that 6-2 defeat who still plays for the Lionesses. Did well in her appearances and well deserved the cheers that greeted her after coming off the bench in the final.

Alex Greenwood (defender) 7

The Manchester City centre-half looked set to start every game alongside Millie Bright, but Leah Williamson’s switch when Greenwood was out with Covid meant she lost her place on the eve of the tournament. Did nothing wrong during his regular, albeit brief, outings as a left-back.

Nikita Parris (forward) 6

Once a stalwart of the team, the Arsenal striker struggled to reach the peak of his form last season and paid for it. She spent most of the tournament on the bench but was released from it during the last five minutes of the final and also played against Spain.

Jess Carter (defender) 6

Daly’s strength at left-back meant the Chelsea full-back was limited to just one second-half appearance against Northern Ireland from the bench. His day will come.

Team members who did not play
Demi Stokes, Beth England, Ellie Roebuck, Hannah Hampton, Lotte Wubben-Moy.

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