The Queen pens letter to Gareth Southgate ahead of Euro 2020 final
Not long to go now...
The Queen has written a letter to England manager Gareth Southgate wishing him and the team luck ahead of Sunday's Euro 2020 final against Italy.
In the message, Queen Elizabeth II recalls presenting the World Cup to Bobby Moore 55 years ago and seeing "what it meant to the players, management and support staff" to win the final.
Her Majesty also highlights the "spirit, commitment and pride" of Southgate and the entire England team.
The full letter reads: "Mr. Gareth Southgate, OBE (Manager),
"55 years ago I was fortunate to present the World Cup to Bobby Moore and saw what it meant to the players, management and support staff to reach and win the final of a major international football tournament.
"I send my good wishes for tomorrow with the hope that history will record not only your success but also the spirit, commitment and pride with which you have conducted yourselves."
“I send my good wishes for tomorrow with the hope that history will record not only your success but also the spirit, commitment and pride with which you have conducted yourselves.”
A message from Her Majesty The Queen to Gareth Southgate & @England ahead of the #EURO2020 Final. pic.twitter.com/uFX2O38kxi
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) July 10, 2021
Major figures from across the country have sent the team messages of good luck ahead of the biggest football match in England's history since 1966.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that the team had "lifted the spirits of the whole country," whilst Labour leader Keir Starmer described the side as "role models."
— UK Prime Minister (@10DowningStreet) July 11, 2021
Meanwhile, Prince William said that he "can't really believe this is happening," and urged Gareth Southgate's men to "bring it home."
— The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) July 11, 2021
The match kicks off at 8pm on Sunday at Wembley, as England take on Italy and try to etch their names into English sport folklore.
England overcame Denmark in extra-time to make the final, whilst Italy needed penalties to get past Spain in their semi final.
Hope the nerves are holding up okay....