Wiegman, 50, has signed a four-year contract with the English Football Association (FA) and in September 2021, after the Olympics in Tokyo, she will take over from the current national team captain Phil Neville. Thus, it will be the Dutchwoman who will lead England during the advanced European Championship at home in 2022.
The contract also extends over the WC 2023 and EC 2025.
“Sarina was our first choice. She fits perfectly into the culture we have, which is absolutely crucial when building a winning team. Her technical expertise, her leadership qualities and her winning mentality are extremely impressive ", says Sue Campbell, responsible for women's football within the FA, in a press release.
Wiegman has heavy merits from recent years. Last year, she led the Netherlands to World Cup silver, among other things after beating Sweden in the semifinals. And three years ago, in 2017, she took the nation to a historic first European Championship gold.
"England is the cradle of football and the FA has been a leader in the great progress that has been made in women's football around the world in recent years. I am really looking forward to contributing my experience and knowledge to this team ", says Sarina Wiegman.
Phil Neville will lead the team until July next year. However, who will lead Great Britain (representing England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) at next year's Olympics is still undecided.