“She would have been proud”: Sarina Wiegman dedicates England’s Euro 2022 triumph to her late sister

England manager Sarina Wiegman hailed the impact her side’s historic victory at Euro 2022 had on women and society and revealed that she dedicated the win to her late sister, who passed away before the tournament.

Wiegman’s side ended 56 years of injury by beating Germany 2-1 in extra time in front of over 87,000 fans at Wembley Stadium, a record crowd for a single game at the European Championships, becoming the first England manager since Sir Alf Ramsey in 1966 , who won a major international tournament.

The Dutchwoman was only appointed manager of the England national team 10 months ago but has now won several Euros after leading the Netherlands to glory five years ago.

Wiegman also revealed that the bracelet she kissed full-time was dedicated to her late sister, who died in June. Wiegman was forced to miss part of the England training camp as the FA called a “grieving loved one” at the time.

“She would have been here,” Wiegman said. “She would have been really proud of me and I would have been proud of her too.”

The England manager’s post-match press conference was also interrupted by the players bursting into the room chanting “It’s Coming Home”.

The players sang and danced around the top table while goaltender Mary Earps even climbed onto the table to keep dancing as the celebrations were expected to continue late into the evening.

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And Wiegman admitted it will also take a few days for the magnitude of her team’s performance to sink in.

“The world around us will change,” Wiegman said. “That is positive, but we also have to be aware of that. But we changed society. We want that. It’s so much more than football. We want to win, but through football you can make small changes in society and that’s what we hoped for.

“It has done so much for football, for women and for society. In England, but also around the world. It’s so nice to see how excited everyone was, both inside and outside the stadium.”

Wiegman also paid tribute to the ‘trailblazers’ who paved the way for England to make history at Wembley and paid tribute to those who rebuilt the sport after the ban on women’s football was only lifted in 1971.

“We’re here for them,” Wiegman added. “We should always remember the players who came before us. We know the world has changed now, but you always have to remember where you come from.”

(PA wire)

The manager acknowledged that expectations were high for England ahead of the tournament as they had not achieved success in either men’s or women’s football since the 1966 Men’s World Cup final.

But she didn’t want to know if they could now fight for the world title in Australia and New Zealand next year and insisted now was the time to let her hair down.

“So, now we’ve won the Euros, now the expectations are going through the roof again! First we have to celebrate,” she smiled. “We are really proud of ourselves and how we did it. We all saw that the development of this game went so fast that many countries managed to win this tournament.

“It’s not easy to win this tournament. And it will be the same at the World Cup next year… But now it’s time to celebrate and then we’ll have some time off, then we’ll prepare for the World Cup qualifiers and then for the World Cup and hopefully we’ll do well.”

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