England are just hours away from kicking off Euro 2022 at Old Trafford.
The Lionesses will host the European Championships for the first time since 2005 and as they head into the tournament, they are listed as one of the favourites to win.
Ahead of the opening match against Austria tonight, stars from the England men’s national team have sent messages of support for Sarina Wiegman’s team.
The official England Twitter account posted a video of Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka, Declan Rice of West Ham and Manchester United captain Harry Maguire wishing the Lionesses good luck for Euro 2022.
“I just want to wish you all the best at the Euros, I’m going to be watching and rooting for you,” Saka said.
“I just wanted to wish all of the Lionesses all the best for this year’s Euros, all the boys are going to be supporting you, we’re hoping you can bring it home,” Rice echoed.
“We’ve seen you in training recently and you’re looking very good so all the best and we will be supporting.”
Maguire followed up with his well wishes for a “great occasion” for England and reiterated that the Three Lions will be cheering on their female counterparts all the way.
Gareth Southgate’s England side almost brought it home at last year’s men’s European Championships.
After progressing out of the group stages, the Three Lions went on to beat Germany, Ukraine and Denmark to book their place in the final of a major tournament for the first time since 1966.
They fought valiantly in a thrilling final against Italy but unfortunately fell just short of the mark during a penalty shootout.
Now, all eyes focus on England Women, who will hope they can go one better than Southgate’s side this summer and bring home the trophy.
In front of a sold-out crowd at the Theatre of Dreams, Leah Williamson will lead out her team as they prepare to get the tournament underway on home soil.
England have finished second in the European Championships on two occasions — in 1984 during the inaugural instalment of the competition, and again in 2009.
The last time they featured in the tournament, they were knocked out in the semi-final by eventual champions the Netherlands, who were spearheaded by current England manager Wiegman at the time.
The Lionesses have been drawn into Group A and will face Austria, Norway and Northern Ireland in the opening stages. Their first fixture kicks off tonight at 8pm BST.