Impetus has all the news of England’s final piece in the jigsaw for their European Championships preparations (27/4/22).
Above: Ellen White and the Lionesses will be off to Switzerland ahead of the Euros. Photo: The Telegraph.
It was announced today that England’s trio of warm-up internationals before UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 will conclude with a fixture against Switzerland in Zurich on Thursday 30th June.
Sarina Wiegman’s squad will take on the Swiss at the Letzigrund stadium as part of a five-day overseas training camp just before the summer finals, with the kick-off time still to be confirmed.
The European Championships gets underway the following week against Austria at Old Trafford on Wednesday 6th July – with UEFA confirming that all available tickets have sold out for the opening game.
Switzerland have also qualified for this summer’s tournament meaning all three of England’s preparation games in June will be against fellow Euros finalists. The Lionesses meet Belgium at Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Molineux Stadium on Thursday 16 June before welcoming the Netherlands to Leeds United’s Elland Road on Friday 24 June. Both matches kick-off at 8pm.
With all three Euros group matches against Austria (Manchester, 6th July), Norway (Brighton, 11th July) and Northern Ireland (Southampton, 15th July) all sold out, seats for both fixtures are already in high demand.
Lionesses head coach Sarina Wiegman said: “I am very happy to be finishing our Euros build-up with another big game, this time away in Switzerland. Before the match, it will be helpful to spend some time abroad as we step up our work on the training ground. The change of environment will come at just the right time for the squad and help focus our minds on the challenges to come.
“We will then return to England refreshed and ready to go for the opening Euros match and I am delighted to see how excited everyone already is for the summer. Before Switzerland, we hope the fans will turn out to see us in Wolverhampton and Leeds, especially with our group games sold out. We certainly can’t wait to feel their support once again.”
England last travelled to Switzerland on 10 June 2017, just before the previous UEFA Women’s European Championships played in the Netherlands, running out 4-0 winners in Bern.
The Swiss are 19th in the FIFA world rankings, meaning England’s three European Championships warm-ups are against teams in the global top 20 with Belgium 20th and the Netherlands, the defending champions, fifth.