Sarina Wiegman promises to be ‘a little calmer’ should England beat Sweden

Sarina Wiegman has admitted she will probably be ‘a little calmer’ should England beat Sweden in the Euro 2022 semi finals on Tuesday, in comparison to her final whistle reaction against Spain.

The Lionesses had been six minutes away from being eliminated from their home Euros at the quarter final stage by Spain before a late Ella Toone equaliser and extra-time screamer from Georgia Stanway flipped the game on its head.

Wiegman – who had only found out she would be attending the game in person after a negative Covid-19 test a matter of hours before kick off – broke from her traditionally cool, measured persona to let out a huge display of emotion in celebration as the full time whistle sounded.

“I think I’ll be a little calmer,” Wiegman admitted. “I think the whole situation for me was a little different than it normally is. I think winning a quarter final against Spain is not very normal either but I’m calm and we’ll see.”

The victory over Spain marked the first competitive match in Wiegman’s tenure that England had gone a goal down, and also the first time at Euro 2022 that they had conceded.

The England boss explained her side’s ability to overcome adversity was a further demonstration of their strong mentality.

“I have only seen good mentality since I came in in September,” Wiegman added. “I think the resilience has been really good, I think the confidence in the team has grown over the year. We’re really accountable for each other.

“We had a little set back – that’s what happens when you concede a goal – but we stayed calm, we stayed trying to play our game and then the result came. I think we’re really strong and we can handle some setbacks.”

England are attempting to reach their first European Championship final since 2009 when they take on Sweden at Bramall Lane on Tuesday evening.

The Lionesses have fallen at the semi final stage at the previous three major tournaments, and while Wiegman conceded there were lessons to take from England’s previous semi final exits, she insisted it was important to focus on the present.

“I think it’s necessary to be in the now,” the England boss added. “And I do think you always have to learn from your experience and take out the things that you can to become better and to learn, but it’s no use to talk about that all the time because it’s now. It is now. So why should we talk about that all the time?”

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