Gareth Southgate says England “want to go and bring the trophy home” ahead of facing Italy in the Euro 2020 final – the team’s first appearance in a men’s major tournament showpiece in 55 years.
Southgate described letters received from the Queen and Prime Minister Boris Johnson praising the squad’s spirit and commitment as “fantastic”.
The Queen’s message to England side
“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.
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 with the hope that history will record not only your success but also the spirit, commitment and pride with which you have conducted yourselves.”
Fans lined the road and waved flags near St George’s Park as the team bus left the England training complex for the final time earlier on Saturday.