The Lionesses have aimed to win the World Cup next August after securing England’s first major trophy since 1966.
With the silver confetti just deposited on the Euro 2022 triumph, Chloe Kelly, whose goal earned England a historic 2-1 victory over Germany, declared: “One is not enough, we want more”.
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“Looking at this medal makes you so much hungrier for more,” said Kelly, shortly after jumping on stage in a packed Trafalgar Square towards Sweet Caroline. “The World Cup is around the corner. I want to win trophies. As a girl you grow up seeing people win trophies and we are here to do it ”.
Lucy Bronze has won all the honors available to her at the club level, but said she “would have traded all those trophies earlier for a night like Sunday”. She echoed Kelly’s desire to do better.
“Anyone who knows me knows I’m like that with anything,” the full-back said. “The Europeans are fantastic, especially in my country, but a star is missing from our crest right now on the England shirt. This is definitely our mission: to bring that star there. “
The United States is the team to beat, having won two World Cups in 2015 and 2019, adding to the victories of 1991 and 1999. Was the Euro win a sign that England is coming for its crown? “Hah,” Bronze replied with a smile. “Well yes, they are the holders of the World Cup and they are the ones who eliminated us in 2019. We know that there are many teams outside of Europe who want to compete for that World Cup as well as the teams in Europe that were in this tournament. . I guess it is up for grabs and we are well under way right now. “
England captain Leah Williamson said she was flattered by the confrontation with 1966 captain Bobby Moore. “Ppffffff, it’s a legend, right?” she said with a big breath. “I didn’t know we were the same age when we did it. Hey, he won the World Cup; it’s one on me, right?
Football association chief executive Mark Bullingham said the European title has arrived “sooner than we could ever hope for”, less than 11 months into Sarina Wiegman’s tenure.
“She is amazing,” he said. “She was our # 1 goal when we were looking for a manager and she was just brilliant throughout that process. Not in our wildest dreams did we envision this happening so early; we thought this tournament might be too soon. So, we weren’t sure we would win this one, we were hoping to win one in the future. “
Wiegman signed a new contract in September, but the FA “would love him to be with us for a long time.” Her director of women’s football, Baroness Sue Campbell, said she would “converse” with Wiegman, who has received a hero’s welcome from fans in Trafalgar Square and is in line for a six-figure bonus when the coach returns from a campervan holiday with his family.
“You have to remember that she only came in September,” Campbell said. “Everyone was saying to me: ‘Do you think I can win the Euro?’ and I said, ‘That’s a very short span of time.’ My God, she fashioned them together. Not just the players, the team around her. There is a union. You have to be in it to feel it. There are no people sitting on the edge, there is no one out of the bubble. They are all involved together and she is uncompromising on that front. “
There is a statue of Wiegman on the campus of the Dutch football federation after the home victory of the Europeans with the Netherlands in 2017. Where will the statue go here? “Good question! Probably St George’s Park,” Campbell said.