Europe First, Then World Next: The Lionesses Set Their Eyes on Global Domination | English women’s soccer team

The Lionesses have set their sights on winning the World Cup in August after claiming England’s first major title since 1966.

With the silver snips barely deciding on the 2022 European Championship win, Chloe Kelly, whose goal gave England a historic 2-1 victory over Germany, said: “One is not enough – we want more.”

Shortly after hopping across the podium in crowded Trafalgar Square to Sweet Caroline, she said, “Looking at this medal makes you hungrier for more.

“The World Cup is just around the corner. I want to win trophies. As a little girl you grow up seeing people win trophies and here we are doing it.”

Lucy Bronze won all the honors available to her at club level but said she “would have traded all those trophies earlier for a night like Sunday”. It echoed Kelly’s desire to be better.

“Anyone who knows me knows I am,” said the linebacker. “The Euro is great, especially in my home country, but there is a little star missing from our crest the moment they put on the England shirt. This is definitely one of our tasks.”

The USA is the team to defeat, having won back-to-back World Cups in 2015 and 2019 to add to their victories in 1991 and 1999. Was winning the Euros a sign that England were coming to crown it? “Huh,” said Bronze with a smile. “They are the bearers of the World Cup and they brought us down in 2019.

“We know that there are a lot of teams outside of Europe that would like to compete for that World Cup in addition to the teams in Europe that have participated in this tournament. I think it is up to him to catch him and we are in a good place at the moment.”

England’s captain, Leah Williamson, said she was flattered by the comparisons to the captain of 1966, Bobby Moore. “It’s a legend, isn’t it,” she said with a big exhale. “I didn’t know we were the same age at the time we did it. He’s got the World Cup. He’s the one on me, right?”

England manager Sarina Weigman lifts the trophy again on Monday. Photo: Lynne Cameron/FA/Getty Images

The FA’s chief executive, Mark Bullingham, said the European title came “earlier than we could have ever hoped”, 11 months after Sarina Weigman took over.

“It’s unbelievable,” he said. “It was our first target when we were going out looking for a manager and she has been fantastic throughout the process. We didn’t imagine that success so soon in our wildest dreams. We thought this tournament might be too early. We weren’t sure we would win this match – we were hoping to win. one in the future.

Wiegman started in September but the FA “would love her to be with us for such a long time”. Women’s Football Director Sue Campbell said she will have a “conversation” with Wigman, who has been greeted by fans at Trafalgar Square and is poised for a six-figure bonus, when the manager returns from the campervan vacation with her family.

“You have to remember that she only came in September,” said Mrs. Campbell. “Everyone said to me: ‘Do you think she can win the Euro? And I said, “It’s a very short period of time.”

“Oh my gosh, you shaped them together. Not just the players, the team around it. There’s collaboration. You have to be in it to feel it. There are no people sitting on the edge, no one outside the bubble. They’re all in this together and she’s relentless in those.” front”.

There is a statue of Wiegmann on the campus of the Dutch Football Association after her house won the euro with the Netherlands in 2017. Where will the statue go here? “Good question. Probably St. George’s Park,” Campbell said.

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