Speaking on the eve of Sunday’s historic match at Wembley – the scene of their 1966 World Cup triumph, Gareth Southgate insists the Three Lions are “ready” amid nationwide anticipation.
Although England ended a series of five successive tournament semi-final eliminations with an extra-time win against Denmark on Wednesday, but Southgate is determined to finish the tournament in style.
“We’re in a final and we are here to win,” Southgate said. Southgate described letters received from the Queen and Prime Minister Boris Johnson praising the squad’s spirit and commitment as “fantastic”.
“Everything is important, how we’ve represented people and we’re pleased that legacy has been there but now we want to go and bring the trophy home for everybody,” the 50-year-old added.
However, the Queens Message to the England Team goes: “Fifty-five years ago, I was fortunate to present the World Cup to Bobby Moore and saw what it meant to the players, management and support staff to reach and win the final of a major international football tournament.
“I want to send my congratulations and that of my family to you all on reaching the final of the European Championships, and send my good wishes for tomorrow with the hope that history will record not only your success but also the spirit, commitment and pride with which you have conducted yourselves.”
Meanwhile, Fans lined the road and waved flags near St George’s Park as the team bus left the England training complex for the final time earlier on Saturday.