England fans sing a familiar song as questions are asked about the women’s Euro 2022 venues


The tournament hosts scored six times in a frantic first-half display, with Georgia Stanway’s 12th-minute penalty and a Lauren Hemp finish three minutes later followed by a brace each from Ellen White and Beth Mead.

It was equal to the most goals scored by a team in a Euros match, and England went on to set a new record for the most emphatic victory in a final, overtaking their 6-0 victory against Scotland in 2017, following a substitute effort. Alessia Russo and Mead complete her hat trick.

With the remarkable victory that saw them seal top spot in Group A, the Lionesses will return to Brighton one week on Wednesday to face runners-up Group B – which includes Germany and Spain – in the last eight.

The demolition work was watched by a crowd of 28,847, from where cries of ‘football come home’ rang out at various stages as England’s unbeaten run under Sarina Wiegman s extended to a 16th game with a 14th victory.

Former England striker Ian Wright, who worked as a pundit for the BBC, said: “They’re an incredible team who are well trained and full of confidence.

“I can feel the potential in this England team. They put on a show that I haven’t seen. We have such good players and they haven’t had a chance. Everything has been wonderful.

“It was as good as it gets. What you have to give England credit for is the relentlessness of its press. Each player has remained true to their work throughout this time.

“England just dismantled a very, very good footballing nation in Norway. They never gave them a chance to play.

Of Mead’s performance, Wright added, “She’s so confident now. She worked hard on her game. Everything she did, her game ranked. It builds trust. He’s a monster that scores goals by the minute.

Alex Scott, who made 140 appearances for England, said: “My cheeks hurt, I can’t help but smile. Every player went above and beyond, I’m so proud of this team.

Meanwhile, there have been questions over the venues being used for Euro 2022 matches in England this summer.

To highlight their footballing faux pas of playing matches in modest venues such as Man City’s Academy Stadium, the bookmaker launched a giant inflatable arrow into the northwest corner of Man City’s Academy Stadium. City during Sunday night’s Belgium v ​​Iceland game, literally pointing out that Manchester City’s 55,000 capacity Etihad Stadium, just a kick away from Ederson (650 yards), is free and available behind- plan – with football officials at the game so embarrassed they finally took down the inflatable.

The huge 25 x 11 x 5ft inflatable bears the ironic message: “Has anyone seen a stadium big enough for a Euros match?” and could be seen floating around the corner of the open stadium by players, fans and any UEFA or FA suits in attendance, as the sold-out match was played in front of a packed crowd.


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