We modified society by successful the European Championship in 2022

“We changed society”, the three phrases Sarina Wiegman concluded her post-match press convention after successful Euro 2022.

Goals from substitutes Ella Toone and Chloe Kelly secured England’s 2-1 extra-time victory over Germany in Sunday’s ultimate at Wembley – however the success goes past lifting the trophy.

“This tournament has done so much for the game but also for women in society,” mentioned the England head coach. “I don’t think we’ve really realized what we’ve done. Throughout the tournament we have had so much support from our fans. We did an incredible job and I am so proud of my team.”

She added: “During our preparations for the European Championships we bought some players who played 71 – these women were trailblazers for the next generation, as now these players will be. We should always remember those who came before us.”

Kelly’s purpose celebration was paying homage to Brandi Chastain on the 1999 World Cup – and inevitably Weigman was requested about England’s probabilities at the following World Cup in 2023.

“The development of this game has been so fast. It’s not easy to win this tournament. And it will be the same at the World Cup. But now it’s time to party, then we’ll have some time off and then try to qualify for WC.”

Of Kelly’s winning goal, Wiegman added: “What’s very nice for her personally is that she had such a dangerous damage coming into the squad after which she scores this purpose – for her and her journey, that is unbelievable. A really, very particular second and I’m pleased for her.”

Weigman additionally revealed why she had been seen kissing her wrist when the whistle blew to sign England’s victory.

“I’m kissing this little bracelet that was my sister’s,” she defined. “My sister died during boot camp. But I think she was here. She would be really proud of me and I’m really proud of her too.”

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