Fara Williams believes there is no one better to lead England to glory at this summer’s European Championship than Lionesses head coach Sarina Wiegman.
There are less than 100 days until the tournament kicks off on July 6, with all matches taking place in the UK.
As hosts, England are seen as one of the tournament favorites and have already enjoyed success under new head coach Wiegman after the Lionesses won the Arnold Clark Cup in February.
The Lionesses have yet to taste defeat under Wiegman since taking over as manager in September and Williams – who is England’s most capped player – has been impressed with what she has seen so far. ‘now.
Speaking exclusively to talkSPORT, she said: “The pressure comes with organizing a tournament. They have to channel it in the right way. There is no better person than Sarina [Wiegman] to take these girls through this. She did it with the Netherlands and did a fantastic job and won it in 2017 and their fans were amazing.
“I know the players have a very high opinion of her. I know she’s straight to the point and straight to the point and she doesn’t let the players get carried away with what’s going on.
“I think she’s given great opportunities to a lot of players, but what she does is she’s consistent with her team selection and I think you need that to be in a tournament. She really tries to make these girls ruthless in their approach to every game and we saw an adaptable England side.
“They [England] have a great chance. Since the 2015 World Cup, we have always gone to tournaments saying that we have a real chance of winning and we do. In 2017, we came very close and the same in 2019 with the World Cup.
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“Listen, we have the home crowd behind us, so I think our luck is as good as anyone’s. But I’m not going to deny the fact that there are other great nations in this We’ve seen with Spain – and with most of the Spanish squad made up of Barcelona players – that they’re phenomenal at the moment.
“Germany are always present in tournaments. France tends to [be a] let down in tournaments but have a fantastic team. You have the Netherlands who are starters and Sweden with what they did at the Olympics.
“I think this tournament is going to be the most competitive [ever]. Yes, we are one of the favorites, but there are a lot of good teams in the tournament this summer.
It’s an exciting time for women’s football in the UK at the moment, with greater media coverage thanks to a bumper new broadcast deal and increased prize money to be awarded to FA Cup winners from the season onwards. next.
The title race in the WSL this season couldn’t be much closer either, with Arsenal and Chelsea currently separated by a single point.
One person who has been a strong supporter of women’s football in the UK is Arsenal legend Ian Wright and another big name will be associated with the game in the coming months, with Rio Ferdinand serving as an ambassador for the European Championships this summer.
Having the support of Wright and Ferdinand is something that will be hugely beneficial for the long-term future of women’s football, Williams believes.
“These two in particular were there before the hype,” Williams concluded.
“I’m with Rio’s agency and I know how much he’s supported me as a footballer and really tried to push and drive the women’s game before now. So that’s fantastic.
“It doesn’t matter if you are a man or a woman; it’s football. Likewise, we should both be able to support and encourage both sides of the game and talk about it the same way they do with men.
“It’s fantastic that they want to be on board and want to push it and drive it and they’re big names. Two men’s football superstars talking about women’s football, that’s fantastic.
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