Before the European Championship final against Italy, the English national soccer team received a lot of encouragement: Queen Elizabeth II (95) wished the team good luck in a personal message – and Hollywood star Tom Cruise (59) also contacted the players.
55 years ago she presented England’s captain Bobby Moore with the World Cup trophy, the Queen wrote in a telegram. At that time she saw “what it meant to the players, officials and coaches to win a major international football tournament”.
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55 years ago, the Queen presented the then captain Bobby Moore with the World Cup trophyFoto: picture alliance / AP Photo
“I would like to congratulate you all on having reached the European Championship finals”, she wrote, “and send you my wishes” that “the story is not only about your success, but also your spirit, your dedication and your pride” will be remembered.
► According to England captain Harry Kane (27), the players also received a video call from US actor Tom Cruise. Cruise got in touch to “wish the team the best,” said Kane. “That was nice of him.”
► Also British Prime Minister Boris Johnson (57) encouraged the players. The team has already made history by reaching the final, he wrote in an open letter to coach Gareth Southgate and his protégés. “For most of the people in this country, this is the first time in their lives that this has happened.” He emphasized: “We believe in you, Gareth, and your incredible team.”
England have not won a title since the 1966 World Cup final against Germany. In 1996, the Queen presented the victorious German players with the trophy after their European Championship triumph at Wembley. The monarch is not expected in the stadium on Sunday. Your grandson Prince William will be present as President of the FA Football Association.
65,000 spectators are expected at Wembley Stadium for the European Championship final (from 9 p.m.), more than at a sports event since the beginning of the pandemic last year. In view of the tense corona situation in the country due to the spread of the delta variant, many experts see this as critical.