Demi Stokes has heaped reward on the unused members of England’s squad at Euro 2022 and insisted they are going to do all the things they’ll to push the group on to success in Tuesday’s semi-final towards Sweden.
Manchester City defender Stokes is one among 5 gamers, together with two goalkeepers, within the 23-strong group who’ve but to seem for the Lionesses throughout their 4 wins on the event to date.
Boss Sarina Wiegman has favoured a settled group and picked the identical beginning XI for every victory, however she has usually turned to her bench for inspiration, most notably within the dramatic 2-1 overcome Spain after extra-time.
Last-four opponents Sweden, ranked second on the planet, will pose one other tough take a look at for England at Bramall Lane, however Stokes is assured the Lionesses can break their semi-final curse, having exited their final three main tournaments at that stage.
“We have to stick to the process, which we have been doing and I think it has been about taking each game and tackling it head on,” the 30-year-old mentioned.
“Credit to the team from the last game, but it is about everyone, the whole 23 and the staff as well. It is about being consistent, doing the right things and fingers crossed we get the right result.
“It is a squad of 23 and I think everyone knows their role, but equally, for those that are not playing, it is about pushing your teammates and how can you help them.
“Even from the training sessions you can see that and people are saying, ‘Well, if you do this, I do find that hard, so if you run in behind I will find it difficult’, and those little conversations from everyone is helping.
“Equally the subs that have come on have done a brilliant job and it shows the depth we have in the squad. Going into tournament football, that is something you need.”
Wiegman used her bench to nice impact in final week’s quarter-final win over Spain, with Ella Toone levelling late on after a knock-down by fellow substitute Alessia Russo.
Chloe Kelly and Alex Greenwood additionally impressed after their introductions in regular time, whereas skilled duo Jill Scott and Nikita Parris helped shut out the tie on the demise.
Left-back Stokes stayed on the bench, having solely simply recovered from a minor knee harm, however insisted she all the time felt the group would address extra-time because of the meticulous planning of Wiegman, who gained this event in 2017 with then hosts Netherlands.
“I feel all fine now and I’m back in training, so it is doing what we’re doing, pushing everyone and pushing the team to be ready for the next game coming up,” the 67-cap veteran added.
“We showed when our backs are against the wall, actually we do have that extra grit and determination. We showed we do have a different side to our game where we can battle and we can fight, but equally when we go a goal down we can come back.
“I think credit to the girls for going into extra minutes, but we do always prepare for that and it was a good result in the end.”
The England-Sweden semi-final will likely be a repeat of the third-place play-off on the 2019 World Cup, which Sweden gained 2-1, however Stokes is adamant revenge will not be the group’s driving drive.
She mentioned: “To be fair, I didn’t even think of it as that. It is making sure we turn up on the day and get the job done.
“Sweden are historically very good in tournaments and they consistently get to semi-finals, so obviously we won’t take them for granted.”