It didn’t all go host England’s way, egter, as Sarina Wiegman’s side had to weather some serious first-half pressure from a world class Sweden side.
But Lauren Hemp’s smart turn and finish after the half-hour mark settled England’s obvious nerves and from then on there only looked like being one winner.
Lucy Bronze’s header from a corner early in the second half and then a stunning back-heeled goal from substitute Alessia Russo sent the 28,624 fans inside Bramall Lane into rapture, before Fran Kirby’s lob added gloss to an already remarkable scoreline.
Swede, na alles, has reached the final at the two previous World Cups and is currently ranked second in the world, with England only previously recording three wins over Sweden in its entire history.
In what has already been a record-breaking tournament for attendances and viewing figures, Tuesday’s game set a new record attendance for a Euros semifinal.
After defeats in the semifinals at the 2019 Wêreldbeker, Euro 2017 and Euro 1995, England will now finally play the first major final in its history when it takes to the pitch against either Germany or France at Wembley Stadium on July 31.
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