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Euro 2020: Queen sends message to Southgate and England squad ahead of final – and recalls memories of 1966 World Cup victory | UK News

The Queen sent a personal message to England manager Gareth Southgate ahead of the Euro 2020 final, praising the ‘spirit, commitment and pride’ of her team, as she recalled her memories of their last victory in a major tournament 55 years ago.

In a note addressed to south gate, the monarch congratulated the England manager and his players for reaching the final against Italy, which will be played in front of 65,000 fans at Wembley on Sunday.

Victory at euros would be the Three Lions’ first major trophy since their famous 1966 World Cup victory, when the Queen presented the trophy to then English captain Bobby Moore.

English heroes of the 1966 World Cup celebrate with the trophy after it is presented to them by the Queen
England’s World Cup heroes celebrate with the trophy after it is presented to them by the Queen
The Queen spoke to members of the cast and crew of the ITV soap opera
The Queen praised the “spirit, commitment and pride” of the England squad

The Queen told Southgate: “Fifty-five years ago I had the chance to present the World Cup to Bobby Moore and saw what it meant for the players, management and staff of support to reach and win the final of a major international football tournament.

“I want to extend my congratulations to you and my family for reaching the final of the European Championships, and to send you my best wishes for tomorrow with the hope that history will record not only your success but also the spirit, dedication and pride with which you conducted yourself. “

The Queen’s message comes after Harry Kane revealed that support for the team came from many different backgrounds, including Hollywood superstar Tom Cruise.

The England forward said the Mission: Impossible actor called players on FaceTime to wish them luck ahead of Sunday’s final.

Hayley Atwell and Tom Cruise were also spotted in the women's final.  Photo: Reuters
Tom Cruise, pictured at Wimbledon on Saturday, called the England squad

Kane told BBC Radio 5Live: “I think he was here in UK and he just called us and FaceTimed us just to wish us the…

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