The Queen has sent a personal message to England manager Gareth Southgate, paying tribute to his side’s ‘spirit, commitment and pride’ ahead of the Euro 2020 final.
In a short note addressed to Southgate, the monarch congratulated the national team on behalf of the entire Royal Family for reaching the final against Italy at Wembley Stadium on Sunday.
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 and seeing what it meant to the players and staff.
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 (today) with the hope that history will record not only your success but also the spirit, commitment and pride with which you have conducted yourselves.’