Manager Sarina Wiegman admits England winning Euro 2022 means pressure will now be on at future tournaments after revealing her pre-tournament tactics.
The Lionesses pulled off a sensational 2-1 triumph over Germany at Wembley to claim their first major trophy. After a scoreless first half, Ella Toone gave the hosts a 62nd-minute lead with a stunning goal. The 22-year-old lobbed Germany keeper Merle Frohms after controlling Keira Walsh’s sublime long-range pass.
But Martina Voss-Tecklenburg’s side hit back, with Lina Magull levelling affairs on 79 minutes. There were no more goals but weary legs as the teams headed into 30 minutes of extra time.
Substitute Chloe Kelly then sent Wembley wild with a close-range winner on 110 minutes. England had gone through the entire tournament with the same starting XI.
And they won the nation’s first major trophy since the men claimed the 1966 World Cup – also at Wembley.
Wiegman was delighted with the result and is set to celebrate long into the night. But she feels her charges have a lot to live up to going forward.
“Now we won the Euros the expectation will go up again. First we will party. We are really proud,” she told BBC Sport. “The development of this game has gone so fast, so many countries could win this tournament. We have all seen that.
“It’s not easy to win this tournament and next year that will be too. The top countries develop but so do those just under the top too. It is getting closer and closer especially in Euros.
“But now it is time to party then hopefully some time off.”
Wiegman lifts lid on secret weapon
Wiegman has been roundly praised since taking the Lionesses’ reins. She will go down in history as the woman who guided the England Women to their first triumph.
And it seems as though the Dutch tactician thought long and hard about how to inspire her players leading up to the event.
“We are here because there is a fundamental here. During our preparation for the Euros we brought in some players who played in 1971,” she added. “Those women are the trailblazers for the next generation. We should always remember the ones who went before us because they made a path for us.
“This team makes a path for the next generation. Never forget where you come from.
“We know it will change for the team from this moment but never forget the generation before. There was building and building to develop the competition here.
“I came to a team where there was quality and stability as a foundation. I would like to thank everyone who has been involved in these periods.”
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