Tuesday, June 28

Women’s Euro 2022: Every Chelsea player called up for the tournament

Chelsea will have 12 players at Euro 2022 this summer, split between seven different countries – there is actually going to be Blues involvement in all of the four groups.

Jonna Andersson is also going to the tournament, although her contract will have expired and her move to Hammarby official by the time the games actually begin.

Niamh Charles was also named in England’s provisional squad but was cut from the final list.

Ann-Katrin BergerAnn-Katrin Berger

Ann-Katrin Berger will be a back-up for Germany / Alexander Hassenstein/GettyImages

8 July – 20:00 (BST) – Germany vs Denmark – BBC Two
12 July – 20:00 (BST) – Germany vs Spain – BBC Two
16 July – 20:00 (BST) – Finland vs Germany – BBC Two

Despite being one of the best goalkeepers in Europe for several years, Ann-Katrin Berger came late to the international scene and only has a handful of caps.

The German stopper also had a more inconsistent domestic season in comparison to her usual standards, limiting her chances of claiming a starting place this summer.

Millie BrightMillie Bright

Millie Bright was joint top scorer at the Arnold Clark Cup / Soccrates Images/GettyImages

6 July – 20:00 (BST) – England vs Austria – BBC One
11 July – 20:00 (BST) – England vs Norway – BBC One
15 July – 20:00 (BST) – Northern Ireland vs England – BBC One

It seemed like Millie Bright stepped things up another level in the WSL for Chelsea in 2021/22, thriving in a back three system.

With England, the defender has also shown herself capable of finding the net, finishing February’s Arnold Clark Cup with three goals.

Jess CarterJess Carter

Jess Carter has played her way into England contention / Naomi Baker/GettyImages

6 July – 20:00 (BST) – England vs Austria – BBC One
11 July – 20:00 (BST) – England vs Norway – BBC One
15 July – 20:00 (BST) – Northern Ireland vs England – BBC One

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Jess Carter was first capped by England in 2017, but didn’t return to the Lionesses fold until the past 10 months.

She reinvented herself as a centre-back capable of playing in a back three but also remains a valuable full-back option.

Bethany EnglandBethany England

Bethany England is proof of the value of squad depth / Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/GettyImages

6 July – 20:00 (BST) – England vs Austria – BBC One
11 July – 20:00 (BST) – England vs Norway – BBC One
15 July – 20:00 (BST) – Northern Ireland vs England – BBC One

Bethany England wasn’t a regular starter for Chelsea during the domestic season because of the outstanding form of Sam Kerr.

But when her chances came, she invariably took them, finishing the WSL campaign with eight goals at an average of one every 108 minutes. Euro 2022 will be the forward’s maiden major championship.

Magdalena ErikssonMagdalena Eriksson

Magdalena Eriksson is seeking a first major international trophy / Tim Clayton – Corbis/GettyImages

9 July – 20:00 (BST) – Netherlands vs Sweden – BBC One
13 July – 17:00 (BST) – Sweden vs Switzerland – BBC Two
17 July – 17:00 (BST) – Sweden vs Portugal – BBC iPlayer

Although veteran midfielder Caroline Seger wears the armband, Chelsea skipper Magdalena Eriksson is an important leader in the Sweden squad.

Sweden’s great strength is defensive stability, which gives the attacking players in the squad the platform from which to win games.

Pernille HarderPernille Harder

Pernille Harder remains the world’s most expensive player / Soccrates Images/GettyImages

8 July – 20:00 (BST) – Germany vs Denmark – BBC Two
12 July – 17:00 (BST) – Denmark vs Finland – BBC Two
16 July – 20:00 (BST) – Denmark vs Spain – BBC iPlayer

Pernille Harder will lead Denmark’s charge in a tough Group B, with the team likely needing a result against either Germany or Spain to progress.

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Harder has never been to a World Cup, but she played in the Euro 2017 final and was also part of the Danish side that reached the semis in 2013.

Fran KirbyFran Kirby

Fran Kirby is back from a spell on the sidelines / Catherine Ivill/GettyImages

6 July – 20:00 (BST) – England vs Austria – BBC One
11 July – 20:00 (BST) – England vs Norway – BBC One
15 July – 20:00 (BST) – Northern Ireland vs England – BBC One

Fran Kirby was a doubt for Euro 2022 until relatively recently, having been ruled out of action in April for the ‘foreseeable future’ with fatigue.

Yet she has returned in time to be part of the home tournament with England. The key for the Lionesses will be finding where best to deploy Kirby.

Maren MjeldeMaren Mjelde

Maren Mjelde is a key player for Norway / Trond Tandberg/GettyImages

7 July – 20:00 (BST) – Norway vs Northern Ireland – BBC One
11 July – 20:00 (BST) – England vs Norway – BBC One
15 July – 20:00 (BST) – Austria vs Norway – BBC Three

A slow recovery from a long-term, horror injury suffered in March 2021 means that Maren Mjelde has hardly played any football over the last 13 months.

However, the tournament being delayed has actually been a blessing in disguise for the defender, who would definitely have missed it in 2021.

Zecira MusovicZecira Musovic

Zecira Musovic provides cover in goal for Sweden / SOPA Images/GettyImages

9 July – 20:00 (BST) – Netherlands vs Sweden – BBC One
13 July – 17:00 (BST) – Sweden vs Switzerland – BBC Two
17 July – 17:00 (BST) – Sweden vs Portugal – BBC iPlayer

Swedish goalkeeper Zecira Musovic managed to displace Ann-Katrin Berger for a couple of months towards the end of the 2021/22 WSL season.

However, it is unlikely she will get on the pitch at any point during the Euros, with Jennifer Falk and Hedvig Lindahl currently ahead of her in the pecking order.

9 July – 20:00 (BST) – Netherlands vs Sweden – BBC One
13 July – 20:00 (BST) – Netherlands vs Portugal – BBC Two
17 July – 17:00 (BST) – Switzerland vs Netherlands – BBC Two

Aniek Nouwen played an important role for Chelsea during their 2021/22 WSL title win following her arrival from PSV Eindhoven last summer.

She proved particularly crucial during captain Magdalena Eriksson’s injury absence, and will be an important defensive member of a Netherlands’ side renowned for their wealth of attacking options.

Eve PerissetEve Perisset

French defender Eve Perisset has just joined Chelsea / ANP/GettyImages

10 July – 20:00 (BST) – France vs Italy – BBC Two
14 July – 20:00 (BST) – France vs Belgium – BBC One
18 July – 20:00 (BST) – Iceland vs France – BBC Two

Full-back Eve Perisset is among Chelsea’s newest recruits, having signed for the club ahead of next season after her Bordeaux contract expired.

Despite the talent at their disposal France have consistently underachieved on the international stage, with three consecutive quarter-final exits at the European Championships.

Guro ReitenGuro Reiten

Guro Reiten has shone at a major tournament before / Soccrates Images/GettyImages

7 July – 20:00 (BST) – Norway vs Northern Ireland – BBC One
11 July – 20:00 (BST) – England vs Norway – BBC One
15 July – 20:00 (BST) – Austria vs Norway – BBC Three

Guro Reiten came to international prominence at the 2019 World Cup and was unveiled as a Chelsea player less than two weeks later.

The versatile left-sided star had a storming 2021/22 club campaign, finishing with 12 WSL goal involvements to her name.

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