From Tom Garry, our reporter for women’s football in Murcia.
Sarina Wiegman says she spoke to Gareth Southgate, the manager of the men’s national team, as she and her team send his Three Lions their best wishes for the World Cup in Qatar, and hopes they can enjoy themselves and go deep into the tournament .
The England women’s team manager, who successfully led the Lionesses to their first major trophy at the European Championship in July, believes the men’s squad’s preparation for the tournament is not easy given the short lead time between the men’s Premier League games over the weekend and the start of the men’s tournament. on Sunday, but has praised the strength of Southgate’s squad.
A week before the England men’s opening game of their tournament against Iran on Monday, November 21, the centre-back and reserve captain Millie Bright urged her male counterparts to “just enjoy every minute” of their campaign.
Reflecting on how she felt seven days before the Lionesses’ opening game of the European Championship in July, Bright said: “The week leading up to the first game is going really slow.
“Looking back, we were eager for the first game to come, and I think we had worked really hard in preparation and were in a really, really good place, so we were excited to get out there.
“My message would be to soak up every second and just do the work on the training pitch, and just enjoy every minute of it.”
Asked if she’d spoken to Southgate, back-to-back Euros winning coach Wiegman added: “Yes, we’ve spoken a bit recently but not very recently, but we have, and we want them very much. wish you strength. good luck.
“It’s pretty hard, you know, to have players who just played this weekend and now go out to… [Qatar] have so little time to prepare, but they are still very good players.
“So I just hope they do really well and they can enjoy it too. And they get through a lot of stages [in the tournament].”
Bright and Wiegman spoke on Tuesday ahead of England’s friendly against Norway in Murcia, where the Lionesses will bid to go an entire calendar year undefeated, in what will be their last game in 2022.
“It’s been a roller coaster, but I think it’s going to be everyone’s favorite football year, to be honest,” Bright added, discussing the Lionesses’ overall calendar year. “The things we have achieved as a team and the things we have done for our country and the game have been incredible.
“We’ve made memories for a lifetime, but the most important thing is we’ve changed the game. And we’ve opened so many doors and new opportunities, and hopefully we’ll keep moving in that direction. We’re all very confident that we can.” will do.”
“We want to end the year on a good note and set the tone for the new year.”