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Published 26 July 2022 4 min read
England Women's Senior Team

Sarina Wiegman: 'We had a dream'

Written by:

Tom Harle

England's head coach praises resilience of her squad after semi-final victory over Sweden


Sarina Wiegman says England are ready to go one step further and realise their dream of becoming EURO 2022 champions.

The Lionesses head coach saw her team storm to a 4-0 victory over Sweden in Tuesday's semi-final in Sheffield, to secure their place in the EURO 2022 Final at Wembley Stadium on Sunday.

And after joining her players to share some jubilant celebrations on the pitch at Bramall Lane alongside what was a record crowd for a Women's EURO semi-final, Wiegman gave her thoughts on the game.

“We’ll celebrate now, but before this tournament we had a dream," she said.

"We’ve come very far now and no-one can take it away. We played so much better in the second half and it was such a good performance."

Alessia Russo celebrates her remarkable back-heeled goal, which put England 3-0 up in the game
Alessia Russo celebrates her remarkable back-heeled goal, which put England 3-0 up in the game
Wiegman's side had to show their nerve in order to find their feet in the game too, with Sweden starting the match on the front foot and enjoying the better of the opening exchanges.

But once Beth Mead struck England ahead ten minutes before the break, what followed in the second half will be remembered for a long, long time.

Further goals from Lucy Bronze, Alessia Russo and Fran Kirby ensured Bramall Lane was rocking by full time and Wiegman paid tribute to the character shown by her squad.

"We’ve shown a couple of times that we’re very resilient," she added.

"They [Sweden] began the game well and they had a good start, but we found a way and we found a way to get out of their pressure.

"We were so solid and I’m incredibly proud of them.”

England will now take on the winner of Wednesday's semi-final game between France and Germany in the Final at Wembley Stadium on Sunday at 5pm BST.