Germany captain Popp out of Euro 2022 final with injury

Germany's striker Alexandra Popp celebrates scoring her team's second goal during the UEFA Women's Euro 2022 quarter final football match between Germany and Austria at the Brentford Community Stadium, in London, on July 21, 2022.

Germany suffered a huge blow just moments before Sunday’s Euro 2022 final against England as captain and top goalscorer Alexandra Popp was ruled out by an injury in the warm-up.

The Wolfsburg striker had scored six goals in five games on route to the final to match the all-time record for goals in a single women’s European Championship.

“Alex Popp has suffered muscular problems in the warm-up,” the German football federation tweeted. “Lea Schueller replaces her in the starting XI.”

Popp had initially been included in Martina Voss-Tecklenburg’s starting line-up for the final at Wembley.

However, the 31-year-old’s injury curse with the European Championship struck again after missing Euro 2013 and 2017.

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