Lionesses head coach Sarina Wiegman believes England heading into ‘fairy-tale’ final against Germany


Sarina Wiegman hails the growth of her ‘calm’ England side ahead of Euro 2022 final with Germany – as captain Leah Williamson hopes showpiece can ‘be a mark for the future’ for women’s football and the Lionesses

  • Sarina Wiegman spoke ahead of England’s Euro final showdown with Germany
  • The Dutch coach believes her side have evolved throughout the tournament
  • Sunday’s game marks the third time the Lionesses have reached a Euro final 
  • Leah Williamson hopes the game can boost women’s football going forward 

England manager Sarina Wiegman has hailed the ‘growth’ of the Lionesses during her time in charge, as they prepare for Sunday’s Euro 2022 final.

Wiegman who took over the role in September 2021, previously led Holland to glory in the same competition back in 2017.

As her players prepare for the biggest games of their careers at Wembley on Sunday, Wiegman has insisted that she’s pleased with how the team have evolved throughout the competition.

She said: ‘We’ve had a lot of tests, but I think we did pretty well. I think the season has been pretty good for us and I think the group stage went relatively easy.

‘We’ve all seen that the Spain game was very tight and close but the Sweden game looked a little bit easier, but here we are now.

‘I think the team has done really well, we grew throughout the season but we have grown even more during this tournament.’

Sarina Wiegman(left) has been instrumental in leading England to Sunday’s Euro final

Wiegman's England side are preparing for the biggest game of their careers on Sunday

Wiegman’s England side are preparing for the biggest game of their careers on Sunday

Despite the nerves that could come with such an occasion, Wiegman believes her side are calm ahead of the match.

‘I think it has been really calm around the team. I think that works really well,’ she said. ‘We just go back to the Lensbury where we are staying and do the things we have to do to get prepared for tomorrow.’

When asked about the history between England and Germany, Wiegman said: ‘I know there’s some rivalry. I think when the Netherlands plays Germany there is some rivalry too.

‘But whoever we play against there would be a rivalry because it’s a final and we want to win that final, so we will approach it as every other game.’

England captain Leah Williamson added: ‘None of us have been in that position before to walk out at this stage, but I think in a tournament you grow game by game and the opportunity I’ve had for growth in this tournament has given me confidence.’

Williamson added: ‘I want this to be a mark for the future, not looking back on what has come before.’

Leah Williamson(left) will lead the Lionesses to their first major final since 2009 on Sunday

Leah Williamson(left) will lead the Lionesses to their first major final since 2009 on Sunday

When asked about the history between England and Germany, she said: ‘I think it’s a good narrative for you guys. It’s a fairy-tale fixture with the history behind it, but I think for us we would never expect to get to a final without playing the best team in the tournament.’

England have home advantage, playing in front of a sold-out Wembley, and Williamson added: ‘Nobody ever has a home game where they don’t have an advantage because there will be more people here for us tomorrow than Germany and this is our national stadium.

‘The support that we’ve had so far has been incredible, so it’s exciting that we will have it tomorrow.’

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