Women's Euro 2022

Fran Kirby wants to give 'country something to smile about' by winning Euro 2022

Matt O'Connor-Simpson
Kirby is hungry for success
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Fran Kirby has revealed that the England squad are focussed on giving the country 'something to smile about' by winning Euro 2022 this summer.

The Lionesses were imperious in the group stages, scoring 14 without reply en route to maximum points.

Their quarter final against Spain was a far tougher affair though, with Sarina Wiegman's side having to come from behind to force extra time. During the additional period, Georgia Stanway booked their place in the final four with a thunderbolt.

England will meet Sweden in the semi finals on Tuesday at Bramall Lane and speaking ahead of the game, Kirby revealed that she and her teammates are motivated to make it all the way this summer.

"We want to be winning trophies for England, I want to be winning trophies for England," she told the Athletic. "I’m a very competitive player when it comes to football so I would love to win.

"As much as we want to win, we want to put a smile on people’s faces.

"They may be going through a hard time in terms of the fuel costs and the cost of living now, and hopefully we can give people an escape for 90-plus minutes when they turn their TVs on and see how passionately we play for this country.

"Hopefully, we are giving the country something to smile about and to be proud of in terms of the way we are playing and the way we have been playing.

"If we get the chance to win in the semi-final and get through to the final, I think it will be incredible for people in this country to have something to celebrate and enjoy.

"English people love a party — any reason to have one!"

Kirby has started all four of her side's matches at the tournament and is highly likely to be selected again, despite her replacement against Spain, Ella Toone, assisting Alessia Russo for the equaliser in normal time.

If she does feature she will find herself coming up against former Chelsea teammate and Sweden goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl.

"I know that Hedvig is one of the toughest goalkeepers I’ve come up against, that’s been the case with both Chelsea goalkeepers, Hedvig and Ann-Katrin (Berger), so I know a lot about her and a lot about Magda and Jonna. It's incredible, the characteristics, the leadership they have," Kirby continued.

"But I don’t want to experience having to take a month to get over not getting to a final. It would mean everything. For us who have been part of it for a long time, I think it would top everything we’ve done so far."

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