Leah Williamson singles out Mary Earps save ‘unimaginable’ in Euro 2022 semi-final win

Leah Williamson has singled out Mary Earps for reward after her essential save throughout England’s 4-0 Euro 2022 semi-final win over Sweden.

The Lionesses led 2-0 simply after the hour because of targets from Beth Mead and Lucy Bronze, earlier than a trio of substitutions sparked Sweden as they tried to halve the deficit.

Earps made a shocking stretch save to tip a Stina Blackstenius header over the bar, and moments later, Alessia Russo went up the opposite finish and produced an outrageous again heel to place the recreation past doubt.

England supervisor Sarina Wiegman has usually been reluctant to speak about particular person performances, shifting the main target to the crew as a complete, and this mentality has been adopted by the squad. However, Williamson was eager to focus on Earp’s show.

“You know what, I’m going to talk about an individual because Mary made a save at a key moment in the game that was unbelievable — an unbelievable turning point for us,” Williamson stated.

“We go up the other end and score and that’s what the team is all about. Two opposite ends of the pitch and everybody makes it count. I think that moment deserves a shout out.

“Everyone right this moment was completely unimaginable and delivered what they wanted and we’re off once more on Sunday.”

With the victory, England booked their place at a major women’s tournament for the first time since 2009, and the Lionesses will step out in front of a sell-out home crowd at Wembley on Sunday as they bid to lift their maiden silverware. It’s an opportunity Williamson promises the team will relish.

“I’m not a lot smiling earlier than the recreation, I hold it fairly game-oriented as a result of I’m targeted, however the final two nationwide anthems I can not assist however smile as a result of it feels nice,” the England captain added.

“I do know I stated I even have a job to do, however who’s to say I can not get pleasure from these moments and the crew cannot get pleasure from these moments? That’s what I hope, that we give off these vibes, as a result of it’s real and the viewers can get pleasure from it with us.

“I hope the crowd at Wembley have as good a time as we are going to have, because I promise you we’re going to enjoy it.”

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