Queen sends her ‘good wishes’ to Gareth Southgate and England team

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 07: Players of England celebrate their side's victory towards the fans after the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Semi-final match between England and Denmark at Wembley Stadium on July 07, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Eddie Keogh - The FA/The FA via Getty Images)

The Queen praised England’s ‘spirit, commitment and pride’ (Picture: PA/The FA/Getty)

The Queen 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 short note to manager Gareth Southgate, the monarch sent her ‘good wishes’ for Sunday’s match against Italy at Wembley Stadium.

Victory would mark the men’s football team’s first major tournament win since the famous 1966 World Cup, also at Wembley.

The Queen recalled presenting that trophy to Sir Bobby Moore almost six decades ago.

In her message to the team, 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.

‘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.’

The Queen sent a short letter to Gareth Southgate wishing them luck (Picture: PA)
The monarch presenting the Jules Rimet Trophy to England captain Bobby Moore (Picture: PA)
The Queen recalled the team’s pride after winning their last major honour in 1966 (Picture: PA)

Southgate has spoken of his pride in his country’s history, and his squad’s role in driving ‘tolerance and inclusion’ in modern England, as he rallied fans across the nation ahead of the final.

As the England manager readies himself for his team’s own place in history, he said he wanted his players to help do ‘positive things that we could help to change or influence in society’.

Football fever has gripped the nation since England sealed their place in the final with a nail-biting 2-1 victory over Denmark midweek – and the Royal Family has been caught up in it like every other.

Prince Charles has backed England to go all the way and beat Italy, telling pubgoers during a visit to Wales this week that ‘it would be wonderful if they won’.

He revealed he would be watching the final at home, adding that watching the national side ‘is not good for the nerves’.

Prince William (L), Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, clap flanking their son George, during the UEFA EURO 2020 round of 16 football match between England and Germany at Wembley Stadium in London on June 29, 2021. (Photo by Frank Augstein / POOL / AFP) (Photo by FRANK AUGSTEIN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

The Duke of Cambridge with wife Kate and son George at Wembley (Picture: AFP via Getty)
Prince William chats with David Beckham after the Germany game (Picture: Eamonn McCormack – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

His son, the Duke of Cambridge, will be joining 60,000 fans at Wembley Stadium for the big game.

Prince William, who is president of the Football Association, has witnessed much of England’s journey through the tournament at close quarters, having cheered the Three Lions to victory on multiple occasions already.

He was present with other dignitaries to celebrate the team’s extra-time victory over Denmark in the semi-final on Wednesday, alongside the likes of former England skipper David Beckham and Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

The duke was also seen celebrating England’s historic 2-0 victory over Germany in the last 16 stage, where he was joined in the stands by the Duchess of Cambridge and their son Prince George.

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