Princess Charlotte has sent a good luck message to her footballing heroines, telling England’s Lionesses she hopes they win the Euro 2022 final tonight.
Three lionesses on the shirt
Building atmosphere at Wembley
Prime Minister Boris Johnson paid tribute to the Lions team for showing football is “not just for boys” in a good luck message.
In a letter addressed to coach Sarina Wiegman, captain Williamson and the England team, Johnson wrote:
On behalf of the whole country, I want to wish you the best of luck in today’s final.
Your passion for the game, your perseverance through tough times and most of all your amazing talent on the court have already created a summer of fantastic memories for millions of us.
You can see it in the sold-out stadiums, the packed fan zones, the little kids dancing wildly to Sweet Caroline and the viewing figures that have seen records crumble almost as extensively as Sweden’s semi-final defence.
In every pride it is the lionesses who relentlessly hunt as a group and bring their prize back home, and I am sure that will be the case with Germany as well.
But whatever happens at Wembley tonight, I know that tomorrow morning, the stadiums, playgrounds and parks of this country will be filled like never before with girls and women who know beyond a shadow of a doubt that football is not it’s just for boys – it’s really for no one.
It all depends on you and what you have already achieved. And so when the referee’s whistle blows tonight, I hope you’ll be as proud of yourselves as England are of you.
Just under five hours to go!
A reminder of tonight’s key details.
England v Germany, Euro 2022 final, 17:00 kick-off at Wembley.
Live on BBC One.
The weather at Wembley
Not the best, to be honest.
20 percent chance of rain between now and kickoff.
Let’s hope it holds up.
Leader of the Opposition, ladies and gentlemen
More reading before the race!
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Read England legend Kelly Smith’s column by clicking hereincluding the tactical analysis of Popp v Bright, Huth v Daly and Oberdorf v Kirby
Dark and dark…
Let’s hope it’s not a metaphor for what’s to come!
Our heroic lionesses – from the people who know them best
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Clicking here will make a perfect literary accompaniment.
…but Wiegman plays down the pressure and rivalry
Coach Sarina Wiegman says her Lionesses are “calm” and played down the rivalry with Germany, saying: “There is some rivalry, but whoever we play there would be some rivalry because we want to win this final.
“Germany has a very good team. We’re just going to approach it again like we do every other game.”
But Germany have their own designs on Wembley glory. “There will be millions of viewers across Europe,” said their head coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg.
“If we were allowed to dream, we would like to play against England in this final, not anyone else.”
At the men’s Euros last year, England won 2-0 when the teams met in the round of 16 and Voss-Tecklenburg said this clash would grip the world in the same way. “It electrifies football fans and for me there is only one football, I don’t differentiate between men’s and women’s football.”
Germany put pressure on the Lionesses…
As Tom Garry writesEngland are under more pressure than Germany in today’s Euro Women’s final, according to Germany coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg, who hopes her own side can make Wembley “Germany’s” full-time.
The Germans, chasing a record-extending ninth European title, knocked out France in the semi-finals and have lost to England just twice in their 27 history meetings, but the Lionesses have installed themselves as the betting favorites for this encounter.
“We are happy to have the privilege to be here, we have dreamed of this,” Voss-Tecklenburg told reporters at Germany’s pre-match press conference at Wembley. “We want to play our game, give everything, be aggressive and courageous. This is definitely one of the biggest moments [for our players] so we want to stay present and just embrace everything.”
Asked if her team had anything to lose, Voss-Tecklenburg replied: “Of course we would have something to lose, which is a game. But if the opponent is better tomorrow, we will congratulate them fairly. But we don’t intend to lose.
“Wembley will be English at the start and I hope it will be ours at the end.”
He nailed it
Prince William and Charlotte send a good luck message to the lionesses
Today is the day!
After all the build-up from the semi-finals, the day has finally arrived.
Later today England line up against the Germans at a sold-out Wembley with the 2022 Women’s European Championship title on the line. It’s a scenario England’s players were hoping for when they began their campaign against Austria back at Old Trafford on July 6, but they could hardly believe the journey they’ve made to get to this point.
The Lionesses breezed through the group stage (14 goals scored, none conceded) before showing their mettle in the quarter-final against Spain as Georgia Stanway’s extra-time winner settled the tie.
With a renewed sense of conviction, Sarina Wiegman’s side rose to the challenge of facing a team higher than them for the first time in the tournament in the form of Sweden in the semi-finals, powering Wembley thanks to a 4. -0 victory. And so we have a worthy and mouth-watering encounter between the knowledgeable hosts and the most successful team in the competition.
The Germans, who beat France 2-1 in the semi-finals, have won the title an incredible eight times – including a 6-2 victory over England in 2009 – and are poised to steal Wembley from under the English, according to The Martina Voss-Tecklenburg, who said yesterday: “Wembley will be English at the start and I hope it will be ours at the end.”
Like England, Germany have conceded just once in these finals and looked strong and focused throughout, as well as clinical in attack. “Ninety thousand people will be there, most of them will be against us, but for us it’s a great feeling,” said Germany midfielder Svenia Huth.
“There is a hype in Germany at the moment and we hope to keep it going.” Stay with us as we bring you all the latest from in and around Wembley.