The Queen paid tribute to the “spirit, commitment and pride” of the English soccer team in a message of good fortune ahead of the Euro 2020 final.
In a short message to manager Gareth Southgate, the 95-year-old monarch sent her “good wishes” for Sunday’s game against Italy at Wembley.
The win would be the men’s team’s first major tournament victory since the 1966 World Cup, which was also held at Wembley Stadium.
The Queen recalled presenting this trophy almost six decades ago to Sir Bobby Moore, who was then the team’s captain and is widely recognized as one of the greatest defenders in football history.
Queen Elizabeth II presented the Jules Rimet Trophy to England team captain Bobby Moore in 1966. Photo: AP
In her message to the Three Lions, she said: “Fifty-five years ago I was fortunate enough to present the World Cup to Bobby Moore and see what it meant for the players, management and support team to reach a major’s finals and to win international soccer tournament.
“I would like to congratulate you all and those of my family on reaching the final of the European Championship and send my best wishes for tomorrow, in the hope that the story will not only capture your success, but also your spirit, commitment and pride to whom you behaved. “
Queen Elizabeth II’s letter to English football coach Gareth Southgate. Photo: Buckingham Palace / PA
It is unclear whether the Queen will be at Wembley on Sunday after failing to attend previous Euro 2020 games in person.
The Duke of Cambridge will almost certainly have been around since 2006 as a huge football fan and president of the football association.
William was present at the semi-final match against Denmark and also the match between England and Germany in the knockout stage of the tournament when he was present with his wife and son George.
Italy has won two world championships since the Queen congratulated the English captain 55 years ago and became European champions in 1968. The current Italian squad has been unbeaten in 33 games.
However, England is seen as a close favorite by bookmakers, not least because of the team’s advantage of playing at home in front of 60,000 spectators.