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England's coach Sarina Wiegman celebrates with England's midfielder Jill Scott after winning at the end of the UEFA Women's Euro 2022 semi-final football against Sweden at the Bramall Lane stadium, in Sheffield. England won 4-0 and face Germany in the final tomorrow at Wembley. Image Credit: AFP

England have not discussed their historic rivalry with Germany ahead of their meeting in the women’s European Championship final tomorrow, opting instead to focus on the “here and now”, coach Sarina Wiegman said.

The England women’s team were beaten 6-2 when they last faced eight-time champions Germany in a Women’s Euro final in 2009.

Best game

“We approach this game exactly the same as every other game we have played,” Wiegman told reporters. “We don’t talk about the rivalry between England and Germany; we want to show how good we are and play our best game. There’s so much eagerness in this team to win. And so much resilience. We want, we want so badly to show again, we are the best and to play our best game. That’s what we’ve been trying to do all the time. And then hopefully, that will bring us to win. That’s basically where we’re at. And then on top of that, we talk about players but not history - it is the here and now.”

Major tournament

Wiegman said that her team has already inspired the nation with their march to the final, but added that the true significance of winning a major tournament might not be felt for years.

“I think we have been an inspiration for the country already,” Wiegman said. “You know when you win a major tournament it really makes a difference and that would make me very proud. But I don’t think further than that. Most of the time you don’t realise the impact until probably 15 years later.”