Published 09 September 2022 4 min read
England

England coaches pay tribute to HM Queen Elizabeth II

Written by:

Gareth Southgate and Sarina Wiegman

Both of England's senior team coaches provide words about HM Queen Elizabeth II, following her passing on Thursday 8 September 2022
Gareth Southgate and Sarina Wiegman have led the England tributes on the passing of Her Majesty The Queen.

The England head coaches have written personal messages for Her Majesty, who was patron of the Football Association.

Meanwhile, the FA has confirmed tributes will be paid at the UEFA Nations League fixture with Germany at Wembley Stadium on Monday 26 September including a period of silence before kick-off and the wearing of black armbands.
My thoughts today are with His Majesty King Charles III, the FA President HRH The Duke of Cambridge and the Royal Family.

In remembering and celebrating the life of Her Majesty The Queen, we are also acknowledging her remarkable leadership and lifetime of dignified service.

She showed the world what it is to be British. Her values, her dignity, her resilience were an exemplar to us all and she has provided us with stability and reassurance in the best and also most difficult of times.

I was proud to have her as our patron and to sing God Save The Queen before every match.

The team will have the chance to pay our respects at our fixture with Germany later this month. An occasion that will, of course, bring to mind the World Cup final in 1966 and the moment when Her Majesty handed the Jules Rimet trophy to Bobby Moore.

As Wembley and the country falls silent, I will think of that and her 70 years of impeccable duty.'

Gareth Southgate OBE
It is with great sadness that I learned of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

I just wanted to join the many millions of people across the world to celebrate her life and mourn her passing. My homeland has always had a great deal of respect, admiration and love for her and I know that is a feeling not unique to the Netherlands but across the entire world.

Developing my connection with England strengthened my bond to Her Majesty. I could feel the love the public felt for her, a mother figure for people to seek stability and peace from in uncertain times.

The national anthem sung with such respect by my players and staff, served as a reminder of what she meant to the country. The words ‘send her victorious’ a line written on our shirts but was also in our hearts.

This summer she took the time to write to me and my players congratulating us for our success. In that letter she called us an ‘inspiration for girls and women’. It is you, your Majesty, who was the inspiration with your unrelenting work ethic, leadership, dignity and kindness.

My thoughts are with the Royal Family and the whole of the United Kingdom as they come to terms with this tragic news.

Sarina Wiegman