England ‘ready for anything’ when they take on Germany – Sarina Wigman

England coach Sarina Wigman stressed ahead of Sunday’s Euro 2022 final against Germany that the Lionesses are not afraid of anyone and are “ready for anything”.

The hosts of the tournament, claiming their first major trophy, will fight at Wembley with a German team that has won the Euro eight times.

The last time England reached a major final, they lost 6-2 to the Germans at Euro 2009.

The most recent meeting was England’s 3-1 win at Molineux in February in the Arnold Clark Cup, part of Wigman’s unbeaten streak, which is now 19 games, 17 wins since taking over in September last year.

The Dutchwoman, for whom Sunday’s win will be a back-to-back Euro triumph after leading the Netherlands to glory in 2017, answered a question about opponents on Sunday: “When you get to the final, you will be one of the best teams. in the tournament.

“I think we also have a very good team and we are not afraid of anyone.

“I think it can be a bit physical at some points, Germany can play very straight forward, physically, straight forward and that’s what we expect. We have seen some things that we might want to use, but we will see (about it) tomorrow.

“I think the team we played[at the Arnold Clark Cup]was a little different, their style of play is similar, but there are different players on the field.

“But of course we take that experience with us, as well as all the analysis of Germany that we have from their latest games.”

Wigman was asked about preparing for a possible penalty shoot-out and said: “We’ve been working on penalties, we’re ready for anything. If it happens tomorrow, we are ready.”

Sunday’s tournament is sold out and could be the most attended Euro match in history for both women and men.

Wigman said of the potential audience, “It’s very nice to have that opportunity tomorrow,” before emphasizing, “At the end of the day, it’s just a game that we’re going to play. Yes, it’s the final, but we’re approaching it the same way we approach any other game.”

She added, “I have no thoughts about (how big the game is). Probably after the game (she’ll think about it), not now. It’s big – I’m not stupid, I see what’s going on and it’s really incredible, of course, I really like it too.

“But then you see it, you realize it, and then you go back to your work, and this is the preparation for Germany.

“I think the pressure is on both (teams), we both want to win the final and we both have a very good squad. I think it will be a very intense game. It will be exciting, but we don’t feel more or less pressure. It’s just a game – a very exciting game with two very good teams that both want to win.”

The clash with Martina Voss-Tecklenburg’s team comes a year after England’s Wembley final of the Euro, when Gareth Southgate’s side lost to Italy on penalties.

Wigman was asked if there was a message of support from Southgate on the eve of Sunday, and she replied: “Yes, absolutely. Before the tournament, during the tournament.

“During the season we already had several conversations. We catch up from time to time. He really wants us to succeed.”

Wigman, who has so far not changed her starting line-up throughout the tournament, confirmed that all 23 members of her team are available, saying: “Everyone is in shape, we will make difficult choices and we know how strong our team is.”