Sarina Wiegman’s ‘touching’ tribute to her sister, who passed away just before the tournament started, has been shared.
The Lionesses’ manager could be seen kissing her right wrist as she walked onto the pitch as the final whistle blew, after watching her side beat Germany 2-1.
Speaking at the post-match press conference, which got interrupted by her players, Wiegman said: “I’m kissing this little armband. It was my sister’s and she passed away during the build-up to the tournament.
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“I think she was here, she was in the crossbar. She would have been here, she would have been really proud of me and I am proud of her too.”
Wiegman returned to her home country, the Netherlands, at the end of May weeks before the team started training for the tournament.
During a warm-up match for the Euros against Belgium, England wore black armbands in honour of Wiegman’s sister.
Elsewhere in the press conference, the manager said she believes that this win is a moment in history, not just in the world of football, but in society itself.
She commented: “The world will be changed, we know that. When you win the European Championship the world changes.
“What we have done is just really incredible. I don’t think I really realised what I’d done when I was asked before the game, England is all behind us.
“We noticed it getting to the stadium, with 90,000 behind us, and over the tournament, we’ve had amazing support.”
Wiegman has only been the manager for 10 months and has made history as being the first manager to win the Euros successively with two different nations, having won the tournament with Holland five years ago.
This is England’s first major trophy since the 1966 World Cup and she will forever be known as the one who brought football home.
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