England’s Leah Williamson has received the ball extra typically than every other participant at Euro 2022 regardless of not making a single deal with, based on Uefa’s official statistics.
Williamson has 46 ball recoveries to her identify and nil tackles. The next-most profitable ball winner is France’s Sakina Karchaoui with 42 recoveries, adopted by Spain’s Mapi Leon with 39.
The Lionesses captain is channelling her interior Paolo Maldini, with the Italian nice having famously stated: “If I have to make a tackle then I have already made a mistake”.
Williamson has led England to 5 clear sheets out of six, conceding a solitary aim towards Spain within the quarter-final. Germany – England’s opponents within the last on Sunday – are the one aspect within the match that may match their defensive file.
Such is the quiet competence of her work, Arsenal’s Williamson has largely gone below the radar at Euro 2022, with central defensive associate Millie Bright successful extra of the plaudits.
Sarina Wiegman clearly has huge religion in her captain, nonetheless, as Williamson is the one outfield participant to have stayed on the pitch for each minute of England’s run.
Williamson is a crucial cog within the England machine offensively in addition to defensively.
The Lionesses have loved the second-highest share of possession behind Spain (58 per cent), with Williamson contributing to their type of play below Wiegman.
The 25-year-old – who began her profession as a midfielder and solely switched to central defence shortly earlier than her England debut – has accomplished 411 passes in 5 matches to date, probably the most of any participant on the match.
Just as Williamson and Bright have shone for England in defence, the likes of Beth Mead, Alessia Russo and Fran Kirby are excelling in assault.
The Lionesses are comfortably the best scorers on the match with 20 targets, forward of Germany on 13.
Eight totally different gamers have gotten their names on the scoresheet – additionally a match excessive.
Among them is joint-top scorer Mead, who has six targets from six photographs on track to date at Euro 2022. She is tied with Germany’s Alexandra Popp within the race for the Golden Boot, with teammate Russo – scorer of an audacious backheel within the semi-final towards Sweden – nonetheless in rivalry on 4 targets.
Apart from Mead and Russo, England’s aim tally contains two apiece for Kirby, Georgia Stanway and Ellen White, and one every for Lauren Hemp, Ella Toone and Lucy Bronze.
Mead has additionally been a artistic pressure, offering 5 assists to go together with her six targets. Her whole of 11 aim involvements is nearly twice as many as anybody else – Popp is subsequent with six, adopted by Russo and Kirby on 5.