Gareth Southgate praised for classy gesture in Women's World Cup final message as fans love his brutally honest comment | The Sun
26th August 2023

ENGLAND boss Gareth Southgate admitted "you've done more than us already" as he wished the Lionesses well for the World Cup final.

Sarina Wiegman's side took on Spain seeking ultimate glory.

Southgate, 52, recorded a video message to wish the Lionesses good luck for the match.

And he humbly pointed to their amazing Euros win.

He said: "Hi to you all out there in Australia. You're all doing a brilliant job.

"So that's the first thing. And there is of course no advice, because you've done more than us already.


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"And you know what is needed to win, so all that remains is to wish you the very best for the final.

"And we hope you can bring that trophy back – good luck everybody."

Southgate has reached a World Cup semi-final in 2018, and a quarter-final in Qatar last year.

He also guided the Three Lions to the Euro 2020 final two years ago, losing out on penalties to Italy.

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Wiegman, meanwhile, has won her only full tournament in charge – beating Germany 2-1 in the final last year.

Ahead of the match, the Lionesses boss said: "We have felt the support, we have felt the support here, but also from the other side of the world in the UK.

"That’s something that you dream of. We just hope that we play our best game tomorrow and everyone who is watching in the stadium, in the UK, who supports us, enjoys it."

Skipper Millie Bright then added: "We have got a gameplan that we have to go out and execute. Everyone knows how big this is. It has been players’ dreams for years.

"We know how passionate our nation is back home and how much they want us to win. But for us, there is a process. Like Sarina said, we need to play the game of our lives."

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