Pep Guardiola: England Women have "put pressure" on Gareth Southgate's World Cup side

Pep Guardiola praises England Lionesses

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has praised the England Lionesses for their historic achievement at Euro 2022.

Sarina Wegmann won her second consecutive European Championship after England defied the odds to win their first ever major title, on home soil no less.

Their victory ended the country’s 56-year wait for silverware and wrote each player and member of staff into the history books.

Guardiola, who is no stranger to winning major tournaments, paid respect to the trailblazing Lionesses.

“England have to be so proud, first of all, [of] these incredible women,” he told BBC Sport. “I had the feeling every season that women’s football is rising, it’s getting better. It’s so nice for our daughters and for all the next generations, what they have done.”

The Spaniard then admitted he feels England’s Euro 2022 triumph will “put pressure” on the men’s team heading into the World Cup in Qatar later this year.

“A special moment, and I think [it] will put pressure [on] the men for the World Cup, and that is good.”

Last year, Gareth Southgate’s side fell agonisingly short of winning their first major trophy since 1966.

The Three Lions reached the Euro 2020 final but were dealt heartbreak after losing out to Italy on penalties.

England will already have fire in their bellies from the urge to avenge their Euro fate ahead of the World Cup, but they will also undoubtedly be inspired by what their female counterparts achieved last month.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 31: Ellen White and Jill Scott of England lift the UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 Trophy after their side’s victory during the UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 final match between England and Germany at Wembley Stadium on July 31, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

The Lionesses did not lose a single match throughout the entire Euro 2022 tournament.

After topping the table in the group stages with maximum points and 14 goals scored, they went on to defeat Spain, Sweden, and eight-time champions Germany to secure the gold.

England conceded just two goals throughout the competition, with one coming during the thrilling final against Germany.

After a tense 0-0 first half, Ella Toone broke the deadlock just after the hour mark to put her side ahead. However, pressure from the Germans earned them an important equaliser and the nail-biting clash ticked into extra time.

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With a record Wembley crowd on the edge of their seats, both sides pushed for a late winner. In the end, just ten minutes before a penalty shootout decider, it was super substitute and national treasure Chloe Kelly who found the back of the net.

The Man City star whipped off her shirt and swung it around over her head in an iconic celebration that has earmarked itself in history.

England men have been drawn into Group B for the 2022 World Cup, where they will take on Iran, the USA, and Wales. The tournament will kick off in Qatar on November 20th.

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