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Live Reporting

Lorraine McKenna and Emily Salley

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodbye

    That's a wrap for today's live text page.

    Thanks for all your tweets, texts and interactions, folks. Great to have your company over the last few hours.

    Right, Old Trafford is ready - let's get Euro 2022 up and running shall we?

    You can watch live coverage of England v Austria (20:00 BST) on BBC One, listen to commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live, or following BBC Sport's live text page, from 19:00 BST.

    Everything you need for tonight's tournament opener can be found here.

    I'll leave you with the top football stories of the day and we'll see you again tomorrow.

    England boss Sarina Wiegman - by those who know her well

    Paul Pogba set to join Juventus on a free transfer

    'Let's make history' - Euro 2022 to break records

    England 'ready to go' for Euro 2022 opener

    Alexia Putellas injury throws cold water over Euros

    Leeds on the verge of signing Tyler Adams from RB Leipzig

  2. Post update

    Fabrizio Romano has just snuck in before we say goodbye with a last transfer tweet of the day...

    View more on twitter
  3. How will England's defence look without Houghton?

    England v Austria (20:00 BST)

    England players

    England will go into a major tournament without the familiar presence of centre-back Steph Houghton after the former captain was left out of the squad.

    Under Sarina Wiegman's management, England have conceded just three goals in 10 months and have kept 11 clean sheets, having remained unbeaten in their 14 games.

    There is competition for places, experience in the backline and players in good form - all ingredients for a successful tournament but will it come together when it matters?

    BBC Sport's Emma Sanders looks at:

    • Who will fill the void in Houghton's absence?
    • Why Alex Greenwood will be a 'massive player for England'
    • Where will captain Leah Williamson play?

    Have a read here

  4. Homegrown heroes

    Homegrown heroes

    A couple of podcasts for you to have a listen to in the build-up to England's game against Austria at Old Trafford tonight.

    Homegrown Heroes chats to Lionesses Hannah Hampton and Jess Carter about where they grew up and how they made it in the world of women's football.

    Click here for Hannah Hampton

    And give a click here for Jess Carter

  5. Brighton’s Lamptey declares for Ghana

    Tariq Lamptey

    Brighton defender Tariq Lamptey and Athletic Bilbao forward Inaki Williams are among five players who have switched their international allegiance to Ghana.

    London-born Lamptey, 21, represented England at youth levels while Williams, who was born in Bilbao to Ghanaian parents, was capped once by Spain.

    Wing-back Lamptey had looked set to switch to the West African nation after asking to be left out of the England Under-21 squad for the European U21 Championship qualifiers last month.

    The pair join three players based in Germany - Stephen Ambrosius, Ransford-Yeboah Konigsdorffer and Patric Pfeiffer - in committing to the Black Stars ahead of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

    Read the full story here.

  6. Who is taking part in Euro 2022?

    The 16 teams who are competing and the all-important groups for this summer's tournament.

    Group A: England, Austria, Norway, Northern Ireland.

    Group B: Germany, Denmark, Spain, Finland.

    Group C: Netherlands, Sweden, Portugal, Switzerland.

    Group D: France, Italy, Belgium, Iceland.

  7. Putellas injury throws cold water on Euros

    Emma Sanders

    BBC Sport

    Video content

    Video caption: Ahead of the Champions League Final this weekend, Putellas tells her story.

    She is regularly on the front cover of leading Spanish newspapers, has had over 90,000 fans at the Nou Camp chanting her name simultaneously, is on the back of almost every Barcelona fan's shirt and is the current Ballon d'Or recipient - but Alexia Putellas will not be at Euro 2022.

    England and Austria will open the tournament at a sell-out Old Trafford on Wednesday evening but many fans are still digesting the news that came from Spain 24 hours earlier.

    Putellas, currently the world's best player, suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury in Spain's training on Tuesday and will miss the tournament.

    The Barcelona captain is the face of Spanish women's football and was tipped by many to be one of the leading stars at this summer's Euros.

    Read the full story here

  8. Post update

    'Hands off' is the message from the Toffees in regards to rival Premier League teams wanting Anthony Gordon.

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  9. Which countries are playing and where?

    Sixteen teams will take part in the games at 10 venues across England - just the second time the country has hosted the whole tournament.

    When England staged the event in 2005, matches were only held at North West venues - but which stadiums are being used this time around?

    The graphic below tells you all you need to know.

    Graphic
  10. More on Gordon and Newcastle

    Richarlison and Anthony Gordon

    Earlier on this afternoon we heard the news Newcastle have come knocking on Everton's door to sound out a potential move for forward Anthony Gordon.

    Tottenham were met with a firm 'on your bike' a few weeks ago, so have the Magpies got a better chance of persuading the 21-year-old to switch to St James' Park?

    According to the Newcastle Chronicle, Newcastle are yet to table a bid - despite talk of a £35million offer and Gordon's agent putting the feelers out in the summer transfer window.

    Over at Sky Sports, they also report no bid has been made, but add that a source claims there has been contact between the two clubs.

  11. Ones to watch

    Video content

    Video caption: Euro 2022: Five great goals from five players to watch

    Who should your eyes be trained on over the coming weeks of Euro 2022? BBC Sport has picked out five players that could light up the tournament this summer.

    Vivianne Miedema (Netherlands): The Arsenal striker is at the top of her game and is hoping to add another European title to her CV after helping the Netherlands win Euro 2017.

    Ada Hegerberg (Norway): Quit the national team in 2017 in protest at a perceived lack of respect for female players, but the inaugural Ballon d'Or winner returned to the international scene in April and is looking to make her mark at Euro 2022.

    Pernille Harder (Denmark): The Chelsea midfielder is Denmark's all-time leading scorer and captained them to the Euro 2017 final.

    Lauren Hemp (England): The Manchester City winger, 21, who was named the Women's Super League's young player of the year for a record-breaking fourth season in a row, has been on-fire for club and country, winning many plaudits for her eye-catching runs and goals.

    Wendie Renard (France): The Lyon defender, 31, has won a record 14 French league titles and eight European Cups and is captain of club and country.

  12. Joaquin signs new one-year contract with Real Betis

    Joaquin

    Joaquin isn't ready to draw his football pension just yet.

    The attacking midfielder has signed a new one-year contract with Real Betis, two weeks before his 41st birthday, the Spanish club said on Wednesday.

    Joaquin's decision means the Betis captain is set to begin a 23rd season, and a 14th with the Seville-based outfit as he turns 41 on 21 July.

    The former Spain playmaker is the outfield player with the most matches in La Liga history and next term will have the chance to become the Spanish top-flight's oldest goalscorer.

    Englishman Harry Lowe is the oldest player to feature in the league. He turned out aged 48 for Real Sociedad in the 1930s.

  13. What happened the last time England hosted a Women's Euros?

    Neil Johnston

    BBC Sport

    Germany lift the Women's European Championship in 2005

    "You can smell the football in the air," Peter Bonde, the then Denmark boss, said before the start of Euro 2005 - the last time England hosted the Women's European Championship.

    Seventeen years ago the competition was a much smaller and less glitzy affair than the tournament about to unfold across the country this month.

    Back then, all 15 games were played at venues in north-west England - including four at the new home of rugby league side Warrington Wolves.

    BBC Sport's Neil Johnston takes a look at what happened the last time England hosted a Women's Euros.

  14. Is De Ligt heading to Stamford Bridge?

    While Sterling seems happy with a move to London, Chelsea's other transfer target, Netherlands centre-back Matthijs de Ligt, reportedly isn't keen.

    The Independent adds that the Blues are facing up to frustration in a race with Bayern Munich for the 22-year-old Juventus player.

    De Ligt is understood to currently prefer a move to Germany with the Bundesliga champions.

  15. Are Blues close to Sterling deal?

    Raheem Sterling

    According to the Independent, Chelsea are down to the final details of a £45m move for the Manchester City attacker, with Sterling expected to go on the pre-season tour to the United States.

    The story adds that the 27-year-old is comfortable with the terms and is excited about a move back to London with the club.