Sarina Wiegman ‘incredibly proud’ of England as Lionesses set up Wembley shot at Euro 2022 glory

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Sarina Wiegman ‘incredibly proud’ of England as Lionesses set up Wembley shot at Euro 2022 glory
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Sarina Wiegman said she is “incredibly proud” of her England team after they reached the European Championship final with a 4-0 win over Sweden.

England will meet Germany or France at Wembley on Sunday after dismantling the side ranked No.2 in the world at Bramall Lane.

Alessia Russo stole the show with a magnificent backheel to make it 3-0 after Beth Mead and Lucy Bronze had put the hosts firmly in control, and Fran Kirby completed the scoring as England reached a first Euros final since 2009.

In Pictures | Women’s Euro 2022 (Semi-Final): England vs Sweden - Lionesses celebrate victory

England’s Ellen White, Hannah Hampton celebrate and teammates celebrate (REUTERS)
England’s Ellen White, Hannah Hampton celebrate and teammates celebrate (REUTERS)
Ella Toone and Rachel Daly of England celebrate (The FA via Getty Images)
Ella Toone and Rachel Daly of England celebrate (The FA via Getty Images)
England’s Beth Mead, left, celebrates after scoring her side’s first goal (AP)
England’s Beth Mead, left, celebrates after scoring her side’s first goal (AP)
England’s midfielder Fran Kirby celebrates after scoring her team fourth goal (AFP via Getty Images)
England’s midfielder Fran Kirby celebrates after scoring her team fourth goal (AFP via Getty Images)
Lucy Bronze of England celebrates scoring their side’s second goal (Getty Images)
Lucy Bronze of England celebrates scoring their side’s second goal (Getty Images)
Alessia Russo of England scores  a sublime back heel third goal whilst under pressure from Caroline Seger and Jonna Andersson of Sweden (Getty Images)
Alessia Russo of England scores a sublime back heel third goal whilst under pressure from Caroline Seger and Jonna Andersson of Sweden (Getty Images)
Alessia Russo of England celebrates scoring their side’s third goal (Getty Images)
Alessia Russo of England celebrates scoring their side’s third goal (Getty Images)
England’s coach Sarina Wiegman celebrates with England’s midfielder Jill Scott (AFP via Getty Images)
England’s coach Sarina Wiegman celebrates with England’s midfielder Jill Scott (AFP via Getty Images)
The England team form a huddle following victory (The FA via Getty Images)
The England team form a huddle following victory (The FA via Getty Images)
England players celebrate in the dressing room after their sides victory (The FA via Getty Images)
England players celebrate in the dressing room after their sides victory (The FA via Getty Images)
England’s Leah Williamson, left, and Ellen White celebrate (AP)
England’s Leah Williamson, left, and Ellen White celebrate (AP)

“I think they have shown a couple of time they are very resilient,” said Wiegman, who won the tournament with her native Netherlands on home soil in 2017.

“We didn’t start well, we had a hard time. We found a way. The players in the game found a way to get out of their pressure. I’m so incredibly proud of them.”

Former Arsenal and England striker Ian Wright said he had never felt prouder of an England side and urged the country to ensure there is legacy to England’s success at the finals.

“Whatever happens in the final now if girls are not allowed to play football in their PE, just like the boys can, what are we doing?,” Wright said in his role as a BBC pundit.

“We have got to make sure they are able to play and get the opportunity to do so. If there’s no legacy to this - like with the Olympics - then what are we doing as this is as proud as I’ve ever felt of any England side.”

England head coach Sarina Wiegman waves to the fans at the end of the UEFA Women's Euro 2022 semi-final match at Bramall Lane (PA)
England head coach Sarina Wiegman waves to the fans at the end of the UEFA Women's Euro 2022 semi-final match at Bramall Lane (PA)

Fellow pundit Alex Scott hailed England’s squad for the way they have performed throughout the tournament and said it was “special” to reach a Wembley final.

“Is this real? Someone pinch me,” Scott said. “England were frustrated in the opener, they blew away Norway, they were on the ropes against Spain and today England found a way back into the game and brushed Sweden aside.

“We’re off to Wembley. Come on. Every single game you’ve had different players step up. People questioned Rachel Daly, a big performance. Leah Williamson and Millie Bright were rock solid. Great performances from different individuals every game.

“The amount of investment that has gone into the women’s game. This team to get to Wembley is special, they deserve every accolade.”

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