Queen Elizabeth has paid tribute to the “spirit, commitment and pride” of the England football team in a good luck message ahead of the Euro 2020 final.
In a note to manager Gareth Southgate, the monarch sent her “good wishes” for Sunday’s match against Italy at Wembley Stadium, Yahoo News has reported.
Victory would mark the men’s football team’s first major tournament win since the 1966 World Cup success, also at Wembley.
In her written message to the team, Queen Elizabeth recalled presenting the Jules Rimet trophy to Bobby Moore almost six decades ago.
She said: “Fifty-five years ago I was fortunate to present the World Cup to Bobby Moore and saw what it meant to the players, management and support staff to reach and win the final of a major international football tournament.
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“I want to send my congratulations and that of my family to you all on reaching the final of the European Championships, and send my good wishes for tomorrow [today, Sunday, July 11] with the hope that history will record not only your success but also the spirit, commitment and pride with which you have conducted yourselves.”
Southgate said it was “fantastic” to get a letter from both the Queen and the Prime Minister and vowed he and the team are “here to win” for the final.
Best of luck Team England!