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🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Euro 2022 Player to Watch: Lauren Hemp

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Alex Mott

Can England end their major tournament trophy drought and claim this summer’s European Championship trophy at home?

That’s the goal set by coach Sarina Wiegman and, if her players are to achieve greatness, the Three Lions frontline will surely play a major role.

It’s fair to say that this summer’s Euros is the most exciting we’ve ever seen in terms of attacking talent across the board.

But England, with the likes of Ellen White, Alessia Russo, Beth Mead, Georgia Stanway, Nikita Parris, Bethany England, Chloe Kelly, Fran Kirby and Ella Toone might just have the best of the lot.

It’s an astonishing roll call of attacking talent but one woman stands out alongside them all: Lauren Hemp.

A bit-part player under former boss Phil Neville, it’s only since Wiegman’s arrival last year that Hemp has shown her Women’s Super League class on the international stage.

At just 21, the Manchester City winger has plenty of progression to come in her game, but has already shown all the qualities of a world class international as City boss Gareth Taylor admitted in April this year.

“Lauren is a top player, she knows she’s taken her game to really high levels,” he told reporters following their win over Leicester. Hemp managed a goal or an assist in the league every 108 minutes last season but Taylor stressed how important she is beyond those figures.

“For me, it’s about more than goals and assists.

“What she brings with the ball is fantastic. She’s got high energy, and we’re always looking to help her with decision making.”

Fast, direct and a constant threat down the left-hand side Hemp, netted her first international goals at the end of the last year as she bagged four in a record 20-0 demolition of Latvia. She now has seven for her country.

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There will be tougher tests to come in this tournament but Hemp has proved over the past few seasons at City that she loves the big occasion.

Four goals and three assists in the final four games of the WSL season kept City in the hunt for a Champions League place, which they sealed on the final day of the campaign, whilst her Woman of the Match performance in October’s Manchester derby has lived long in the memory.

Hemp has been named PFA Young Player of the Year a remarkable four times in her five professional seasons but she will know more than anyone that now to truly become one of the all-time greats, it’s about international honours.

This has all the makings of a Lauren Hemp summer.