“55 years ago I was fortunate to deliver the World Cup to Bobby Moore and I saw what it meant,” wrote the monarch, who will not attend Wembley on Sunday but will be represented by her grandson, Prince William
Gareth Southgate and his team received a message of good luck for the final from Queen Elizabeth II. The 95-year-old British monarch presented the trophy to English captain Bobby Moore when the ‘Three Lions’ won their only major title against West Germany in the 1966 World Cup final at Wembley.
“55 years ago I was fortunate to deliver the World Cup to Bobby Moore and I saw what it meant for the players, coaching staff and staff to reach and win the final of the top international soccer tournament,” wrote the queen.
With England on the threshold of a historic triumph, the Queen added: ‘I want to send my congratulations and my family’s congratulations to all of you on reaching the final of the European Championship. I send my good wishes for tomorrow in the hope that history will record not only their triumph, but also the spirit, commitment and pride with which they have behaved.
The presence in Sunday’s final is not planned for the queen, who did present the Euro-1996 trophy to the winning German players at Wembley. His grandson, Prince William, will be the royal representative in the final for his role as president of the English Football Association (FA).
Foden, it would be doubt
In sports, the versatile English striker Phil Foden suffers a foot injury that prevented him from participating in the last training session and makes him a serious doubt for the final of the European Championship that England will play this Sunday against Italy at Wembley. “It is not something serious but it is definitely a doubt for the final,” acknowledged Southgate, the English coach at a press conference.
Anyway, the young talent from Manchester City is not starting in the ‘Three Lions’ and has participated in three games. He started in the first two group stage matches against Croatia and Scotland but did not play again until he came out as a substitute in the semi-final against Denmark on Wednesday.
Southgate has no shortage of options on the right side of England’s attack, where Manchester City’s Foden usually plays, with multiple players vying for the spot. These are the young Bukayo Saka, a starter precisely against Denmark, and Jadon Sancho.