'We believe': Sarina Wiegman's England can make history on Sunday

‘We believe’: Sarina Wiegman’s England side can make history with their first ever major trophy in front of a sold-out Wembley crowd… but they will have to make it past EIGHT-TIME champions Germany

  • England have the chance to win their first major trophy in Sundays Euros final
  • The Lionesses – the top-scorers – face eight-time winners Germany at Wembley
  • Coach Sarina Wiegman can also claim her second successive title with a win
  • The Dutch manager believes the Lionesses have inspired the nation this summer 

England manager Sarina Wiegman says her players believe they can beat anyone as they look to make history by defeating Germany in the Euro 2022 final tomorrow.

The Lionesses thrashed Sweden 4-0 on Tuesday to end their semi-final curse and can now win their first major trophy in front of 90,000 fans at a sold-out Wembley.

Wiegman, who is eyeing a second successive Euros triumph after leading her native Netherlands to glory on home turf in 2017, says her team believe they can do it. ‘I just think now they truly believe we can beat anyone if we just do some things really well. We have already showed, we have already proved that we can. It’s not just words.

Sarina Wiegman has a chance to bring England their first ever major trophy with a win on Sunday against eight-time winners Germany

‘You need some behaviour too, to help each other. The team has done that so well. They’ve developed some confidence and then you can see the goal. We just have to bring the level high and score goals.

‘Mentally, it’s making the right football decisions in the game and having the right qualities also because it starts with the quality of the players.’

Wiegman believes her players have already inspired the nation but insisted they will not settle for finishing second.

‘Of course you know when you win, we won the quarter-final and the semi-final, we have already made a difference and been an inspiration for the country and that’s really nice, but we want more.

England’s Beth Mead (right) is the tournament’s top-scorer with six of the Lionesses’ 20 goals so far

‘You know when you win a major tournament that it would really make a difference, that would make me really proud. I don’t think further than that. I’m just really focused on the game and most of the time you don’t realise, you probably realise 15 years later.’

Wiegman would not be drawn on England’s rivalry with Germany, insisting her side are preparing for this final in the same way they have done for every game.

‘You know when it’s a final you are going to play against the best opponent you can imagine and that’s Germany. But every other thing, what we do normally, before a game we’ve done now too, except we have had one more day to recover.

Alessia Russo’s spectacular back-heel goal from the bench against Sweden stunned the football world 

‘We really analyse our opponents and talk about their patterns, their strengths, their weaknesses, if they have any. Then we say, “What are our strengths? What do we need to do to harm them?”

‘We don’t talk about the rivalry between England and Germany, we want to show badly how good we are and play our best game. There’s so much eagerness in this team to win. And so much resilience.

‘We want so badly to show again we are the best, to play our best game. That’s what we’ve been trying to do all the time. And hopefully that will bring us to win. Then on top of that, we talk about players but not history, it is the here and now.’




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