Sarina Wiegman’s England team will hope to go one step further than any Lionesses squad before them at this summer’s European Championships.
The last three tournaments have brought relative success, with Mark Sampson guiding the side to the semi-finals at the 2015 World Cup before they reached the same stage at Euro 2017 and the 2019 World Cup under Phil Neville.
But the closest England’s women have come to silverware was at Euro 2009 in Finland, when they matched their performance at the 1984 Championships by making it all the way to the final.
Sarina Wiegman will be hoping to guide England to their first major trophy at Euro 2022
Sadly it wasn’t to be for Hope Powell’s team as they were beaten 6-2 by Germany (it’s always the way), but they still rank as one of England’s best ever female sides.
Sportsmail looks at the starting XI and substitutes from that day to see what they’re up to now.
GK – Rachel Brown-Finnis
Having made her England debut at 16 years old, Rachel Brown-Finnis played 82 times between the sticks for the Lionesses and featured at two World Cups alongside Euro 2009.
Since retiring in 2015 due to a persistent knee injury, the former Everton shot-stopper can regularly be found as a pundit – usually on BT Sport’s Saturday afternoon programme BT Sport Score.
Brown-Finnis, now 41, will be a part of the BBC’s coverage of the European Championships this summer.
Rachel Brown-Finnis, now 41, will be a part of the BBC’s coverage of the Euros this summer
RB – Alex Scott
Now she is a superstar of British broadcasting, it’s easy to forget that Alex Scott also had a superb career on the pitch.
The 37-year-old is England’s fourth-most capped player of all-time with 140 appearances to her name, while she played at seven major tournaments. At club level, Scott won six league titles and seven FA Cups with Arsenal.
Scott’s insightful style and engaging persona have led to a number of high-profile presenting gigs across the BBC’s football coverage, as well as at the Olympics and Sports Personality of the Year. She will be a lead presenter for this summer’s Euros.
The former defender’s competitive nature has even seen her dip her toe into reality TV on Strictly Come Dancing and Bear Grylls’ Mission Survive.
Now a superstar of broadcasting, it’s easy to forget Alex Scott’s superb career on the pitch
CB – Faye White (c)
The captain and oldest member of England’s squad at 31 years old, Faye White scored in the group stage draw against Sweden – one of 12 goals in her 90 caps. Her Lionesses career spanned 15 years and five major tournaments, with a record four of those as skipper.
The centre-back quit international football in 2012 as she was expecting her first child and retired from playing completely a year later as a knee problem meant she was unable to return.
She would take up a marketing role at Arsenal – the club where she spent her whole career – and is another player to have forged a career in punditry with the BBC, BT Sport and other broadcasters.
Faye White’s England career spanned 15 years and five major tournaments, with four as captain
CB – Anita Asante
After a glittering career that included five English top-flight titles, a Champions League crown and 71 England caps, Anita Asante announced her retirement from football in April.
The defender, who played in five major tournaments with the Lionesses, spent her final two seasons at Aston Villa in the WSL, having also played at Arsenal, Chelsea and in the USA and Sweden.
Asante, 37, is another player who will form part of the BBC’s coverage this summer but she has stated her desire to move into coaching and one day manage the Gunners, her childhood club.
Anita Asante announced her retirement from football in April after two years at Aston Villa
LB – Casey Stoney
Casey Stoney succeeded White as England captain in 2012 and went on to earn 130 caps in total – the fifth-most in Lionesses history.
Upon her retirement in 2018, the former defender instantly became part of Phil Neville’s national team backroom staff and four months later she was appointed manager of Manchester United’s newly-formed women’s team.
After securing promotion to the WSL in her debut season in charge, Stoney achieved consecutive fourth-place finishes in United’s first two seasons in the top-flight. She departed the Red Devils last summer and is now at the helm of US side San Diego Wave.
Casey Stoney was appointed manager of Manchester United’s new women’s team in 2018
CM – Jill Scott
Following Asante’s recent retirement, Jill Scott is now the only member of England’s Euro 2009 starting line-up that is still playing. Not only that, the 35-year-old is still involved in the Lionesses set-up, albeit in a much less prominent role.
Wiegman has selected Scott in her squad for this summer’s Euros, meaning she will feature at a staggering 10th major tournament. The Manchester City midfielder currently has 156 caps to her name, placing her second in the all-time list.
‘I’m really hoping during this tournament I can be a big help off the pitch as well,’ Scott told Sky Sports. ‘It’s no secret that I haven’t had a massive amount of game time over the last year for England but I am trying to help the girls in other ways too.’
Jill Scott, 35, is the only member of England’s Euro 2009 starting line-up that is still playing
CM – Katie Chapman
Just two years after the 2009 Euros, Katie Chapman announced her shock retirement from international football at the age of just 28 as she was struggling to balance family commitments with football.
The midfielder would later return under Mark Sampson and eventually clocked up a total of 94 caps, helping the Lionesses finish third at the 2015 World Cup.
Chapman retired from the game completely in 2018 and took up an ambassadorial role at Chelsea, where she spent the final four years of her career. In 2019, she made history by becoming the first female player – along with Rachel Yankey – to play at star-studded charity game Soccer Aid.
Katie Chapman battles against Didier Drogba at Soccer Aid in 2019 at Stamford Bridge
CM – Fara Williams
England’s most capped player of all-time, Fara Williams played a remarkable 172 times across an 18-year international career. She scored twice at Euro 2009 – in the opening game against Italy and the quarter-final against Finland.
The midfielder’s final Lionesses appearance came in 2019, but she continued to play club football for two more years at Reading before retiring last summer, partly due to her battle with a kidney condition.
Williams is now a regular on the punditry scene and – you guessed it – will be found on the BBC’s coverage of the tournament this summer.
England’s most capped player of all-time, Fara Williams, played on a remarkable 172 occasions
RW – Eni Aluko
There’s been a lot of talk about pundits so far, but Eni Aluko was the trailblazer. The former forward became the first woman to appear as a pundit on Match of the Day while she was still playing in 2014.
Aluko eventually retired in 2019 with 102 England caps to her name and moved up to the boardroom as she was appointed Aston Villa Women’s first ever sporting director.
The 35-year-old continues to combine her executive and media roles. She left Villa to become sporting director at Los Angeles-based Angel City last summer, while she was involved in Channel 4’s coverage of England’s recent Nations League matches.
Eni Aluko left Aston Villa to be sporting director at Los Angeles-based Angel City last year
ST – Kelly Smith
The woman who netted England’s second goal in the 2009 final, Kelly Smith retired as England’s all-time scorer in 2017 with 46 goals in 117 caps.
The Lionesses’ current taliswoman Ellen White may have since overtaken the former Arsenal striker, but Smith is still regarded as one of the country’s greatest ever players as she also lifted five Premier League titles and five FA Cups with the Gunners.
The 43-year-old is another member of the punditry gang and will be seen alongside Brown-Finns, Scott, Asante and Williams on the BBC this summer. Last year she became the first female ambassador for a global betting brand when she signed with Bk8.
Kelly Smith is one of England’s greatest ever players and scored 46 goals for her country
LW – Karen Carney
Karen Carney provided England’s 24th-minute equaliser in the final after they went behind, having also scored in the group stage win over Russia.
The winger was only 22 years old at the time, but had already started clocking up a healthy amount of caps which helped her reach a total of 144 by the time of her retirement in 2019 – the third-most ever.
Now Carney is a regular on our television screens with appearances on the BBC, Sky Sports, Channel 4 and Amazon Prime. And we’re only going to see more of her, as she has just joined the ITV team ahead of the new season and the World Cup.
Karen Carney has just joined the ITV pundit team ahead of the new season and the World Cup
Substitute – Lianne Sanderson
Lianne Sanderson was one of the youngest members of England’s squad at just 21 years old and actually quit international football a year later, stating she had fallen out with manager Hope Powell.
Like Chapman, the forward was brought back into the fold by Mark Sampson in 2015 and played at the World Cup that year to take her tally of caps up to 50.
Sanderson has never officially retired from football, but she has not played since a spell at Juventus three years ago. She’s most often found doing the punditry rounds and even helped win £150,000 for Soccer Aid on The Chase earlier this summer.
Lianne Sanderson quit international football a year after the Euros but later returned to the fold
Substitute – Emily Westwood
Probably the least well-known name to feature in the 2009 final for England, Emily Westwood replaced Chapman in the 85th minute.
The last of the midfielder’s 32 England caps came the following year, but she continued playing until 2018 for Birmingham City.
Having moved into a role behind the scenes at the Blues upon her retirement, Westwood now runs a personal training business in Milton Keynes.
Former midfielder Emily Westwood now runs a personal training business in Milton Keynes