Sarina Wiegman reacts to claims she could replace England boss Gareth Southgate

Sarina Wiegman is purely focused on the Women’s World Cup final amid speculation she could replace Gareth Southgate as manager of the England men’s football team.

The Lionesses face Spain in Sunday’s final in Sydney as they look to secure the nation’s second World Cup trophy and first since 1966.

Wiegman has not only taken England to their first ever Women’s World Cup final but also managed the side to European Championship glory last summer.

The 53-year-old’s success with the Lionesses has led to speculation she could replace Southgate as England men’s manager when he is expected to step down from the role following next year’s Euros.

Southgate has managed the men’s team since 2018, with England reaching the Euro 2020 final and the latter stages of two World Cups under the former Middlesbrough and Aston Villa defender.

Wiegman was asked about the rumours she could switch the women’s role for the men’s at her pre-Spain press conference but was keen to divert attention back to tomorrow’s World Cup final.

‘I have nothing to say about that,’ she said. ‘Let’s just talk about the final tomorrow.

‘We have felt all the support – we have felt support here but also from the other side of the world in the UK. That is something that you dream of.

‘It’s incredible what has happened and we just hope we play our best game ever tomorrow and that everyone who is watching in the stadium and in the UK also, and every place else, can support us and enjoy it.’

This will be Wiegman’s second World Cup final as a manager, with her Netherlands side losing to the United States in 2019.

‘This is a whole new situation,’ she added. ‘It is not 2019 and I am coaching another team.

‘I think England is in a very god place. Everyone is fit. We grew in the tournament. We grew in confidence. We just prepared as we always do.’

England captain Millie Bright was beside Wiegman for the pre-World Cup final press conference and thanked fans for their support during the tournament.

‘As a group we would like to say thank you, not only to the fans back home but to the fans out here as well,’ she said. ‘We have felt really welcomed and really special over here.

‘Every game has been incredible, I think everyone has seen that here first hand. But back home, we have seen the videos, we really appreciate everyone who has set their alarm clocks and made the effort to support us, even though we are a million miles apart.

‘It’s amazing what football can do, really bringing everyone together, but especially our nation. We are really proud and just stick with us one more game.’

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