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Good night and welcome to protection of England girls’s first step in the direction of defending their Euro 2022 title.

The Lionesses host Sweden this night at Wembley and are able to welcome again Leah Williamson, who captained them to glory 18 months in the past.

Williamson has not featured for her nation since struggling an ACL damage final April, having pulled out of a coaching squad in March with a hamstring pressure.

But England coach Sarina Wiegman believes Leah Williamson ready to make her long-awaited return.

“We need to manage it a little bit. She had a full training session on Wednesday, she will be on the pitch today (Thursday), so that looks really good,” Wiegman mentioned.

“We know where she has come from, she is still building but she is in a good place and she is ready, if she comes through today OK.

“It’s just really good that she is back, first of all for herself because she is so excited to come back, that means she is fit, it is good to have a quality player in the squad.

“We are in a good place already and now we are in an even better place.”

“We have another training session. Leah is our team captain – that will not change, but we want to get through this training session first and then see what final decision we make tomorrow,” the Dutchwoman added.

“If she plays, she would be captain, we just want to get through the training session and see how she is and how the team is. She needs that team environment from where she has come.”

The final time England confronted Sweden was in 2022, within the semi-final of the Euros. On that event, Alessia Russo produced an audacious backheel end on the way in which to a 4-0 win.

Team information from Wembley coming very shortly.