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Sarina Wiegman has extended her contract with the England women’s team to stay on as head coach until 2027, taking in that year’s World Cup, and said she had “unfinished business” with the Lionesses.
Wiegman led England to Euro 2022 glory but lost last year’s World Cup final against Spain. Wiegman said: “I am so happy to have the chance to lead England through to 2027 after an incredible two and a half years. Looking forward, we have unfinished business and I know we are capable of even more, although nothing will come easy. Our game is becoming so competitive at the top level.
“I relish that opportunity and can’t wait to start the Euro qualifiers, followed by the World Cup. I would like to thank Mark Bullingham, Debbie Hewitt and the FA board for their support. I also must mention Arjan Veurink and I am delighted he has also extended his stay. It is a fantastic job working with these amazing players and alongside great colleagues. And, of course, it is very special to be able to play a part in giving our fans such wonderful moments.”
On Monday night Wiegman was voted the Fifa Best Women coach for a record fourth time. Before joining England she was the head coach of the Netherlands, having been promoted from assistant coach in December 2016. She won Euro 2017 with the team on home soil before reaching the World Cup final two years later in France, losing to the USA.
The FA CEO, Mark Bullingham, said: “We are thrilled Sarina has agreed to extend her time with us as we head into another significant period of international football. She has achieved so much through her outstanding work as a coach and leader, and there is more to come. The aim with our England teams is to be a consistent competitive force in major tournaments, and Sarina has helped us achieve that – building on what had been several years of positive progress.”
He added: “She has also been a tremendous ambassador for the women’s game, and English football in general. Her commitment to what we are trying to do to grow the grassroots for all and promote the Lionesses player pathway is there for all to see. Sarina is an inspiration to so many at home and abroad, and it is great that her time with us at Wembley and St. George’s Park will continue.”