At first sight this was a draw to have Sarina Wiegman and the Football Association beaming. A bunch that includes Norway, Austria and Northern Ireland, whereas not fairly the one the England head coach may need hand-picked, was nonetheless pretty much as good as could possibly be hoped.But look extra carefully and a tricky quarter-final looms. The two groups that progress from Group A will meet those that come out of group B, which options eight-times winners Germany and the darkest of darkish horses in Spain, if a workforce constructed round Europe’s finest membership aspect will be so known as. Plus Denmark, runners-up 4 years in the past.Wiegman would possibly, maybe, solid her eyes enviously in the direction of the Netherlands, the workforce she took to the title in 2017. Should they qualify from the marginally tougher, but very negotiable group C, they’ll most likely face France, Italy or Belgium, a problem which seems extra beneficial, particularly if France are prevented.Tournaments, although, have a tendency not to work out as seeded and the Lionesses will probably be focussing on getting out of their group first. Read More Sarina Wiegman: New England Women coach will deliver good, vibrant soccer to a workforce that has misplaced its manner underneath Phil Neville Austria and Northern Ireland will probably be acquainted opponents because the three are in the identical World Cup qualifying group. England beat Northern Ireland 4-0 at Wembley final weekend and will play Austria subsequent month in Sunderland.Irene Fuhrmann’s workforce have a superb goalkeeper in Arsenal’s Manuela Zinsberger and probably the most harmful strikers in Europe in Hoffenheim’s Nicole Billa, final season’s Bundesliga top-scorer. They additionally reached the semi-finals in 2017, albeit aided by a useful draw and a quarter-final penalty shoot-out.Nevertheless, they wanted a last-gasp equaliser to draw with Northern Ireland in Belfast this week and had been overwhelmed 3-0 at house by England in 2018. Norway are additionally well-known to England, and symbolize an actual risk to the Lionesses taking first place within the group.England defeated them at each the 2015 and 2019 World Cups, but misplaced friendlies in 2017 and 2019 – their final assembly.
Euro 2022 draw – in full Group A EnglandNorwayAustriaNorthern Ireland Group B GermanyDenmarkSpainFinland Group C NetherlandsSwedenRussiaSwitzerland Group D FranceItalyBelgiumIceland
In Barcelona’s Caroline Graham Hansen Norway have one of many world’s finest attacking gamers, because the main WSL groups have all found this 12 months. They even have one other Barcelona participant in Ingrid Engen and a cluster of WSL regulars together with Chelsea’s Guro Reiten and Arsenal’s Frida Maanum, who has settled shortly since becoming a member of this summer time.A participant they don’t have – at current – is Ada Hegerberg who stays estranged from the Norwegian FA, and thus their ladies’s workforce. The first winner of the feminine Ballon D’or is barely simply starting her return from severe damage and possible to consider her membership soccer with Lyon, but had been a rapprochement to happen Norway could be even stronger.Northern Ireland had been in Norway’s qualifying group, dropping 6-0 house and away, but Kenny Shiels has since overseen appreciable enchancment, as proven by the draw with Austria. But realistically they’re very a lot the group’s underdogs. Read More Women’s Super League: The greatest season in WSL historical past has begun – its boorish critics are dropping the battle Outside of the England video games the most popular group-match tickets are possible to be Germany v Spain at Brentford, which is scheduled when the group will nonetheless be within the steadiness and could possibly be a thriller, and Netherlands v Sweden at Bramall Lane, which is probably going to function massive travelling help for each groups.But there are many different good matches and it must be a vibrant match, one that gives the turbo-charge the game craves.