For this, they can count on their mistress to play, Fran Kirby, who has returned from a period of several months without playing. The most talented English player of her generation, the midfielder suffered from an exhaustion syndrome for obscure reasons. “I couldn’t even walk my dog for 5 minutes”, she said at the start of the gathering of English women for this Euro at home, which she almost missed. Still without a clear answer on the origin of the evil, “I’ve more or less learned now what the triggers are and when I start to feel certain things and how to prevent them from happening”, she slipped. Decisive on many occasions this season despite her period of absence (11 goals and 11 assists with Chelsea), the 29-year-old player distilled the caviar to Beth Mead, who left behind the defense, for the goal of the victory against the Austrians.
His duel from a distance with the other returning, Ada Hegerberg, should make sparks. The Lyon striker, who shunned the selection for five years, has returned to her best level after two major injuries. Even without having found the net against Northern Ireland, the first Women’s Golden Ball in history weighed heavily in the victory of her team. His technical quality, his movements and his sense of goal improve an already very homogeneous and competitive team, but which lacked a real headliner.