England players gate-crashed Sarina Wiegman’s post-match press conference with a rendition of ‘Three Lions’ after winning Euro 2022.
The Lionesses defeated Germany 2-1 after extra time at Wembley to win the country’s first major trophy since 1966.
The celebrations continued long after the final whistle, in and out of the stadium, with the players even bursting into Wiegman’s press conference chanting and dancing to the famous anthem.
After joining in with her team Wiegman joked: ‘I think I’ve lost my voice!
‘Now we won the Euros the expectation will go up again. First, we will party. We are really proud.
‘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.’
The manager, who only took charge of England 10 months ago having previously guided her native Netherlands to Euros victory in 2017, also spoke of the emotional significance of the winning the tournament and how it will inspire future generations.
She added: ‘We are here because there is a fundamental here. During our preparation for the Euros, we brought in some players who played in 1971 [at an unofficial women’s World Cup].
‘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. We changed society.’
Wiegman also paid tribute to her sister, who passed away in June: ‘I’m kissing this little armband. It was my sister’s and she passed away earlier this year.
‘I missed her, but I think she was in the crossbar [when Germany hit the woodwork].
‘She would have been here. She went to every game. She would be really, really proud too.’
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