‘It was such a good performance’: Jubilant England boss Sarina Wiegman hails her side’s thumping Euro 2022 semi-final win over Sweden… and insists they had ‘total control of the game’ in 4-0 rout at Bramall Lane
- Sarina Wiegman says her England side played ‘so well’ in their semi-final win
- She says the squad are ‘having a little party’ after their dominant display
- The England boss insists her side ‘want to go all the way’ ahead of Wembley trip
- The Lionesses beat Sweden 4-0 to book their place in the Euro 2022 final
England are 90 minutes from glory after thrashing Sweden in their Euro 2022 semi-final last night to book their place in the Wembley showpiece on Sunday.
Goals from Beth Mead and Lucy Bronze put the Lionesses in control before Alessia Russo’s audacious backheel made it 3-0 and Fran Kirby’s lob put the gloss on a perfect performance.
It sets up the chance for England’s first major trophy at a sold-out Wembley against either France or Germany. ‘We’re having a little party,’ said jubilant manager Sarina Wiegman.
Sarina Wiegman was all smiles during her semi-final post-match press conference
The England boss was particularly impressed with her side’s second half performance
‘They’re singing, music is on, some dancing. We’ll celebrate now a little bit. But as we said before this tournament, we have a dream. We have come very far now and we want to go all the way.
‘In the second half we played so well. I thought in the first half we struggled a little bit. We didn’t start that well, they got a big chance in the first minute. We were struggling a bit with the way they played defensively. We did better and better and the player found solutions.
‘The second half we had total control of the game and got some more space. This will be watched all over Europe and all over the world. It was such a good performance. I think they have shown a couple of times they are very resilient.
‘The players found a way within the game. I’m so, so incredibly proud of them. We want to make a difference, we hope that we got everyone, the whole country is proud of us and that more girls and boys will start playing football.’
The England boss says the team are ‘having a little party’ after beating Sweden 4-0 on Tuesday
Wiegman is 19 games unbeaten since taking over in September and admitted she had not expected such an impressive run of form.
‘Of course when you come in you hope that things go well and that you connect with the staff, the people at the FA and of course the players. I think from the beginning there was a click.
That’s hard work too, as you know I don’t want to take things for granted. You feel the energy and you feel people believe in how you want to work and play. The results have been really, really good and that’s very nice.
Sometimes it’s really tight, we know how tight the game against Spain was, sometimes it goes in the right way, sometimes it goes in the wrong way but you still believe in what you’re doing. I hope we do even better on Sunday.’
Wiegman said she had no preference over whether it’s Germany or France at Wembley on Sunday. ‘It really doesn’t matter who it is against. We’re going to get prepared anyway.’
Wiegman insists she is ‘so incredibly proud of’ the Lionesses squad ahead of Sunday’s final
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