“You, Your Majesty, were the inspiration. »
Sarina Wiegman says Queen Elizabeth II spoke of being inspired by the Lionesses’ victory at Euro 2022 in a letter to England’s patron saint of women this summer.
But after her death on Thursday, Wiegman says it was the Queen who inspired as « a mother figure from whom people seek stability and peace. »
Meanwhile, England men’s boss Gareth Southgate said the Queen had shown the world « what it is to be British ».
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England’s women won the country’s first major tournament since the 1966 Men’s World Cup in July, and Wiegman said: « This summer she [the Queen] took the time to write to me and my players congratulating us on our success.
“In that letter, she called us an ‘inspiration for girls and women’. It was you, Your Majesty, who were the inspiration with your relentless work ethic, leadership, dignity and kindness.
“The national anthem, sung with so much respect by my players and my team, reminded us of what it meant for the country. The words ‘send her victorious’ – a line written on our shirts, but were also in our hearts.
“My thoughts are with the Royal Family and the whole of the UK as they come to terms with this tragic news. »
Southgate, who echoed Wiegman’s sentiment, said: « As we remember and celebrate the life of Her Majesty The Queen, we also recognize her remarkable leadership and life of dignified service.
“Her values, her dignity, her resilience have been an example for all of us and she has brought us stability and comfort in the best and most difficult times. »
The Football Association has confirmed that tributes will be paid during the Nations League game between England and Germany at Wembley on September 26, including a period of silence before kick-off and the wearing of black armbands .
Southgate added: “The team will have the chance to pay tribute when we meet Germany later this month.
“An occasion which will of course recall the World Cup final in 1966 and the moment when Her Majesty presented the Jules Rimet Trophy to Bobby Moore.
“As Wembley and the country fall silent, I will think of that and his 70 years of impeccable service. »