LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 30: Sarina Wiegman, Manager of England talks to the media during the UEFA Women's Euro England press conference at Wembley Stadium on July 30, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images) NOTE: FAWSL Full-Time uses images provided by the following image agencies via OneFootball: Getty Images (https://www.gettyimages.de/)

Wiegman plays down England-Germany rivalry as Lionesses bid for Wembley glory

England head coach Sarina Wiegman says that any final will always have rivalry regardless of whether Germany are the Lionesses’ opponents.

The two nations go into battle at a sold out Wembley Stadium this evening in the final of the UEFA Women’s EURO 2022.

The England-Germany rivalry is one to get fans and media excited, however, the Lionesses head coach Wiegman insists that rivalry would exist in a final regardless of who her side would face.

“I know there is some rivalry but when The Netherlands play Germany there’s some rivalry too,” Wiegman said when speaking in the pre-match press conference.

“Now is now, we play a very good Germany team but whoever we would play there would be rivalry because it’s a final and we really want to win. We will just approach it like any other game.”

England’s men’s side lost a UEFA EURO 2020 final against Italy at Wembley 12 months’ ago. Wiegman issued a reminder that England is England and that the nation will be cheering for her team just as they did for Gareth Southgate’s side in 2021.

She said “I don’t think we should compare men and women, it is just one England. Everyone who was there last year just really cheered for the England team and that will be the same against Germany, it is no different.”

Wiegman went on to reveal that men’s team boss Southgate has been in regular contact with her and is very connected with the Lionesses.

“Before the tournament, during the tournament, during the season we have had conversations,” Wiegman added. “We catch up once in a while so he is really committed to our team.”

The UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 final between England and Germany kicks-off at 5pm.

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