Women's Euro 2013: England backed for Euro success

England's women have a "big chance" of winning their first major international tournament at Euro 2013, according to Sweden coach Pia Sundhage.

Hope Powell's side, runners-up to Germany three years ago, topped their qualifying group to reach the event.

"In 2009 they played in the final so probably they will talk about the Euros and look back in a positive way," Sundhage told BBC Sport.

Euro 2013

  • Group A: Sweden, Italy, Denmark, Finland
  • Group B: Germany, Norway, Netherlands, Iceland
  • Group C: France, England, Russia, Spain

"England have been up there for a while. [They have a] big chance."

During an 18-year playing career, Sundhage represented six clubs and scored 71 goals in 146 international matches for Sweden.

She moved into coaching in 1992, taking charge of four clubs before guiding the United States to Olympic gold in 2008 and 2012.

The 52-year-old has since been appointed as Sweden boss as they stage a competition they reached the final of in 1995 and 2001.

Her side have been drawn in Group A alongside Italy, Denmark, and Finland while Germany, who have won each of the last five Euros, are in Group B alongside Norway, Netherlands and Iceland.

England find themselves in Group C with France, Russia and Spain.

"I think there will be a couple of teams who could win the Euros even though Germany, if you look back, have been on a winning streak," said Sundhage.

"It will be a great tournament. There will be tight games and some good football as well."