Sarina Wiegman has confirmed she has not signed a new contract with the Football Association to extend her time with the Lionesses beyond 2025, but feels “much appreciated” by the governing body.
“No, I haven’t signed a new contract,” said the 52-year-old manager, who led England to a first major trophy since 1966 this summer. “I already have a contract until 2025 and we had good conversations. I’m very happy with the contract I have. I feel very valued. We have hopefully a few more tournaments from here It’s very comfortable at the moment and we’re all happy. I’m happy, the team is happy, the FA are happy and I just hope we continue like this.
The Lionesses take on the Czech Republic at the Amex Stadium in Brighton on Tuesday night after a 2-1 victory against World Cup holders USA at Wembley on Friday. After that game, United States head coach Vlatko Andonovski branded England serious contenders for next summer’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, but Wiegman wouldn’t. whether that put additional pressure on his team.
“No, it’s not a lot of pressure, I expected him to say that,” Wiegman said. “I think a lot of our other competitors will say that. They did that a lot during the summer too, to put pressure on us. They said we had to win. Well, we really wanted to win and we had to play well. That’s what we had to do and that’s what we wanted to do every time. That’s what we can control. We try to improve all the time and then we will see what it brings us.
England right-back Lucy Bronze said the team’s 23-game unbeaten run under Wiegman was down to their ability to focus on each opponent.
“It’s obviously fantastic that we weren’t beaten under Sarina – the Sarina magic,” she said with a smile, before Wiegman stepped in with the “magic team”.
If Bronze plays at Brighton, she will receive her 100th England cap. “I was told at 20 that I wouldn’t play after 27 and now I’m 30,” Bronze said. “I’m not too bad. I think that’s why I never set myself 100 caps for England, I just wanted to play as much as possible. I just had to work hard to be focused, do everything right and hope for the best.