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The England Lionesses are ready to take on Euro 2022 with Alessia Russo and her card-playing pals to prove they’re a real deal

ALESSIA RUSSO and Co. plan to play their cards right … and crack these euros.

England’s lionesses can up the ante tonight as they start their battle for glory against Austria.

England's Chloe Kelly, Alessia Russo and Rachel Daly ahead of the Euro

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England’s Chloe Kelly, Alessia Russo and Rachel Daly ahead of the EuroPhoto credit: Getty

And in-form forward Russo, 23, has revealed the side love to play cards between games to unwind.

The poker-faced star said: “We have a deck – me, Nikita Parris, Ella Toone, Keira Walsh, Georgia Stanway…

“Nikita won the last one but I hate to say that because when she wins you just don’t hear the ending!

“We have a lot of opportunities to switch off and I think that’s very important – especially in a long tournament.

“It’s great to be out on the pitch but when you come back you have to find the right balance between just chilling and putting your feet up.

“But then, of course, enjoying each other’s company – whether that’s cards, darts or whatever.”

Russo is among three Manchester United players who could be the trump card of Lionesses boss Sarina Wiegman in Wednesday’s Group A opener.

Russo, Toone and Mary Earps are hoping to become the first Red Devils stars to ever play for England in a Women’s Euros at Old Trafford.

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More than half a million fans are expected to attend the games across the country.

And Russo is hoping the tournament will generate the same huge home support that propelled the men’s side to the Euro finals last summer.

She also believes this tournament can help change people’s views of women’s football.

Russo added: “They have the best talent in Europe playing in front of thousands of people.

“And I hope we can change just one person’s mind about women’s football.”

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