Europe first, world next: Lioness turns her attention to global domination. England women’s football team

After clinching England’s first major trophy since 1966, the Lionesses have their eyes set on winning the World Cup next August.

Barely settled on a Euro 2022 victory with silver confetti, Chloe Kelly, whose goal gave England a historic 2-1 win over Germany, said: “One is not enough – we want more.”

Shortly after he took the stage from a packed Trafalgar Square to Sweet Caroline, he said: “Seeing this medal makes you hungry for more.

“The World Cup is near. I want to win trophies. As a young girl, you grow up watching people win trophies and we are here to do that.”

Lucy Bronze has won every honor available to her at club level, but said she would “trade all those trophies for a night like the previous Sunday”. She echoed Kelly’s desire to have a better go.

“Anyone who knows me knows that’s what I am,” said the full-back. “The euro is fantastic, especially in my country, but there’s a little star missing from our pinnacle on the England shirt the minute it is. It’s definitely a mission of ours.”

The team to beat is the United States, having won back-to-back World Cups in 2015 and 2019 to add to their 1991 and 1999 victories. Was winning the Euro a sign that England was coming for its crown? “Huh,” said Bronze with a grin. “They are the holders of the World Cup and they have knocked us out in 2019.

“We know that there are a lot of teams outside Europe that want to compete for that World Cup as well as teams from Europe that were in this tournament. I think it’s ready to catch up and we’re in a good place at the moment.”

England captain Leah Williamson said she was happy to be compared to the 1966 captain Bobby Moore. “He’s a legend, he’s not,” she said with a big sigh. “I didn’t know we were the same age at the time we did this. He’s got the World Cup. He’s the one on me, right?”

England manager Sarina Wigman won the trophy again on Monday.
England manager Sarina Wigman won the trophy again on Monday. Photograph: Lynn Cameron / FA / Getty Images

The Football Association’s chief executive, Mark Bullingham, said the Euro title came 11 months after Sarina Wigman’s tenure “much earlier than we could have expected”.

“She’s unbelievable,” he said. “When we went out looking for a manager, she was our No. 1 target and she was fantastic during that process. We had never imagined this success so soon. We thought this tournament was too early. Maybe. We weren’t sure we’d win this – we were hoping we’d win one in the future.”

Wegmann debuted in September but the FA “would like him to be with us for a long time”. Its director of women’s football, Sue Campbell, said she would “talk” with Wigman, who received a hero’s welcome from fans in Trafalgar Square and is in line for a six-figure bonus when the manager returns from a campervan vacation. is his family.

“You have to remember that she only came in September,” Lady Campbell said. “Everyone said to me: ‘Do you think she can win the Euro?’ And I said: ‘It’s a very short period of time.’

“Oh my god, he molded them together. Not just the players, the team around him. Together. You have to be in it to feel it. There are no people sitting on the edge, no one outside the bubble.” They are all in this together and she is not compromising on this front.”

There is a statue of Wigman on the premises of the Dutch Football Federation after his home Euro victory with the Netherlands in 2017. Where will the idol go here? “Good question. Maybe St. George’s Park,” Campbell said.

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