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Sarina Wiegman pays tribute to late sister who died in June after Euros triumph

An emotional Sarina Wiegman dedicated the Lionesses' Euro 2022 success to her late sister who passed away before the tournament.

Fans watching Sunday's final might have spotted Wiegman, 52, kissing her armband during the game. The Dutch coach revealed in her post-match press conference that the gesture had a special significance relating to her sibling, who passed away in June.

"I'm kissing this little armband that was my sister's," Wiegman said. "My sister passed away during our prep camps. That's a really big miss, because she's my mate. She would have been here, she went to every game, so she would have been really proud of me, and I was really proud of her too."

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Wiegman has done a tremendous job as England boss, leading the Lionesses to their first major tournament win – and the country's first as a whole since the 1966 World Cup.

The former Netherlands manager joined her players in celebration on the pitch at the full time whistle after goals from Manchester United star Ella Toone and Chloe Kelly had wrapped up a 2-1 win over Germany.

Wiegman later touched on the significance of what her side had achieved, saying: "Now we won the Euros the expectation will go up again. First we will party. We are really proud.

"The development of this game has gone so fast, so many countries could win this tournament. We have all seen that. It’s not easy to win this tournament and next year that will be too. The top countries develop but so do those just under the top too. It is getting closer and closer especially in Euros.

"But now it is time to party then hopefully some time off."

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And party they did. Footage from the England dressing room after the game showed the Lionesses letting off some steam after the tense 120 minute showdown, dancing, singing and drinking to their success.

They even got Wiegman involved, whether she liked it or not. In one of the most iconic moments from any European Championship – men's or women's – the Lionesses gatecrashed Wiegman's post-match press conference with spontaneous singing and dancing.

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The party is likely to go on for a few more days yet as Leah Williamson, Beth Mead and Georgia Stanway et al bask in the enormity of what they have achieved.

Thousands are expected to join the Lionesses and continue the celebrations at a free event hosted by Alex Scott in Trafalgar Square on Monday afternoon.

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