The key stats behind the Lionesses record in 2022

A trip to Spain’s Pinatar Arena saw England end a historic 2022 unbeaten and with a trophy under their arms.

The Lionesses drew 1-1 in a friendly against Norway but that hardly paints the picture of their gargantuan year on the international stage.

Football finally came home as the glass ceiling was shattered and thousands cried tears of joy.

As we prepare to close the chapter of 2022 and count the days until the World Cup, why not look back on England’s incredible year?

What have England achieved in 2022?

Since Sarina Wiegman stepped into her new role as the first-ever non-British permanent manager, she has yet to record a single defeat.

She opened her portfolio with the Lionesses in February after they became the first winners of the Arnold Clark Cup – the minor tournament that became the catalyst for England’s remarkable run this year.

After draws against Canada and Spain, followed by a thrilling 3-1 win over Germany, the Lionesses lifted the trophy at Molineux Stadium. In dramatic circumstances, Millie Bright finished the tournament as co-top scorer and shared the Golden Boot award with two-time Ballon d’Or winner Alexia Putellas.

LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 31: Ellen White and Jill Scott of England lift the UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 trophy after their team’s victory in the UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 final match between England and Germany at Wembley Stadium on July 31, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

With their first trophy in three years won, England exuded confidence. Something about the team just seemed different, sharper and more determined.

The ultimate test to see if that was indeed the case came during the summer, and the team passed with flying colors.

After a couple of World Cup qualifiers and friendlies – which saw England go 27-1 on aggregate – the women were ready to avenge the Three Lions’ heartache at Euro 2020.

How did England win Euro 2022?

For some, England’s triumph at the European Championships may still seem like a dream, but their fairy tale run was real. The Lionesses ended decades of injuries by bringing home their first major trophy and the country’s first piece of silverware since the 1966 World Cup.

It was a home tournament. The perfect setting to make history.

England kicked off the competition on a freezing evening in Manchester and mist rolled in around Old Trafford at the start of the game against Austria.

A narrow 1-0 win was enough to secure victory, but it was ultimately a smokescreen for the Lionesses’ dominance.

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After the first match, England beat Norway 8-0 in Brighton and followed that up with a 5-0 victory over Euro debutants Northern Ireland.

The Lionesses topped their group without a single goal conceded, setting them up for a clash with Spain in the quarter-finals.

Anyone who watched this match will remember how nerve-wracking it was.

Spain took the lead after half-time and it looked like England were going to be heartbroken as they struggled to find a way past the Spanish defence.

But thanks to a last-gasp equalizer from Ella Toone and a Georgia Stanway winner in overtime, the Lionesses clinched their ticket to the semi-finals.

Ella Toone of England celebrates her goal against Spain at Euro 2022
BRIGHTON, ENGLAND – JULY 20: Ella Toone of England celebrates after scoring her side’s first goal in the UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 Quarter-Final match between England and Spain at Brighton & Hove Community Stadium on July 20, 2022 in Brighton, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

There, it was a whole different story. Knowing they were just two wins away from lifting the trophy, England beat Sweden in a surprising 4-0 win.

Sure, everyone knows what happens next, but who doesn’t love reliving that moment?

Just like the quarter-finals against Spain, the final against Germany was a real headache.

Toone was on the spot again with the opener, but Lina Magull salvaged one with just over ten minutes remaining.

For another period of additional time, a viral moment was born.

Chloe Kelly celebrates England's winning goal in the Euro 2022 final
LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 31: Chloe Kelly of England celebrates scoring the winning goal with teammates Lauren Hemp and Jill Scott during the UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 Final match between England and Germany at London Stadium. Wembley on July 31, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Chloe Kelly, who had recently recovered from an ACL injury, scored the winning goal in the 110th minute and a packed Wembley erupted in jubilation.

The shirt fell, the crowd screamed, history was about to be written.

It was a moment that will live forever in English history, in part because some fans literally tattooed Kelly’s figure on their skin.

Sweet Caroline screamed and the trophy was lifted, finally ending the country’s drought.

No less than 87,192 people showed up for the historic match, setting a new attendance record in both the men’s and women’s tournaments.

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How many goals did England score in 2022?

With two trophies in the cabinet and not a defeat in sight, 2022 has truly been the year of the Lionesses.

Thanks to world-class talent at both ends of the pitch, England’s goal ratio is something else to admire.

Since the first game of the year in February, Wiegman’s side have scored 72 goals in just 20 games. That’s an average of 3.6 per game.

During that time, they only conceded seven.

Sarina Wiegman speaks during the Euro 2022 celebrations in England
LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 01: England Manager Sarina Wiegman speaks during the England Women’s Team Celebration at Trafalgar Square on August 01, 2022 in London, England. The England women’s football team beat Germany 2-1 in the UEFA European Women’s Championship final last night at Wembley Stadium. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)

Beth Mead was England’s top scorer for the year with 13 goals, including all six she scored at Euro 2022. Her overall contribution during the tournament saw her bagging six goals and five assists in six matches, which earned her the Golden Boot and Player of the Tournament Award.

Mead became the first English player in history to win the double prize at the Euros or the World Cup.

Many goals were scored by other Lionesses during the 20 matches. Georgia Stanway scored ten goals during that span, Ella Toone contributed nine and Alessia Russo seven.

England star Beth Mead
LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 31: Beth Mead of England accepts the awards for the tournament’s top scorer and player after the final whistle of the UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 final match between England and Germany at Wembley Stadium on July 31, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

Who will England play against in 2023?

England will return to action in February 2023 for the second leg of the Arnold Clark Cup. The defending champions will face South Korea, Italy and Belgium.

There’s plenty of time between February and the World Cup in July for the Lionesses to announce international camps, but as of now nothing has been confirmed.

Next on the English schedule is their first game in Australia at the Sydney Football Stadium, where they will face Denmark in their first World Cup match.

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