by Dom Smith
England managers Gareth Southgate and Sarina Wiegman have sent tributes to Queen Elizabeth II, following the monarch’s death.
In a joint statement posted on the national team’s official website and social media accounts, the two head coaches paid their respects to The Queen, who ruled over the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland for 70 years.
Southgate said: “My thoughts today are with His Majesty King Charles III, the FA President HRH The Duke of Cambridge and the Royal Family.
“In remembering and celebrating the life of Her Majesty The Queen, we are also acknowledging her remarkable leadership and lifetime of dignified service.
“She showed the world what it is to be British. Her values, her dignity, her resilience were an exemplar to us all and she has provided us with stability and reassurance in the best and also most difficult of times.
“I was proud to have her as our patron and to sing God Save The Queen before every match.
“The team will have the chance to pay our respects at our fixture with Germany later this month. An occasion that will, of course, bring to mind the World Cup final in 1966 and the moment when Her Majesty handed the Jules Rimet trophy to Bobby Moore.
“As Wembley and the country falls silent, I will think of that and her 70 years of impeccable duty.”
Lionesses manager Wiegman’s statement read: “It is with great sadness that I learned of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
“I just wanted to join the many millions of people across the world to celebrate her life and mourn her passing. My homeland has always had a great deal of respect, admiration and love for her and I know that is a feeling not unique to the Netherlands but across the entire world.
“Developing my connection with England strengthened my bond to Her Majesty. I could feel the love the public felt for her, a mother figure for people to seek stability and peace from in uncertain times.
“The national anthem sung with such respect by my players and staff, served as a reminder of what she meant to the country. The words ‘send her victorious’ a line written on our shirts but was also in our hearts.
“This summer she took the time to write to me and my players congratulating us for our success. In that letter she called us an ‘inspiration for girls and women’. It is you, your Majesty, who was the inspiration with your unrelenting work ethic, leadership, dignity and kindness.
“My thoughts are with the Royal Family and the whole of the United Kingdom as they come to terms with this tragic news.”
The FA said previously on Friday that “All flags at Wembley Stadium and St. George’s Park will continue to fly at half-mast over the weekend.”
The FA also indicated that black armbands will be worn and a period of silence observed at Wembley on 26 September as a mark of respect, ahead of England men’s final Nations League group match against Germany.
Great tributes Dom
Well done for being quick off the mark
p.s thinking about you all today and feeling excited (and a little daunted) for you! xx