The Euro 2022 final between England and Germany at Wembley will be a “big celebration of football”, according to German boss Martina Voss-Tecklenburg.
Alexandra Popp scored twice as eight-time European champions Germany beat a fiery French team 2-1 in the second semi-final on Wednesday.
They will now face England on Sunday in front of a crowd of up to 87,200.
“It’s a classic game, it’s going to be an amazing final,” Voss-Tecklenburg said.
“We are looking forward to this match, as everyone will be in England and Germany.
“We will play at Wembley in front of 80 or 90,000 people and most of them for England and against us, but we understand that and we accept the challenge. »
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England, who have never won the tournament, reached the final with a 4-0 victory against a Swedish side ranked second in the world at Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane on Tuesday.
However, Voss-Tecklenburg felt there were still plenty of areas to attack the Lionesses, saying: “England have been amazing in this tournament every game for their drive, lots of goals and they are incredibly confident.
“They know what they have to do, but in the first 30 minutes against Sweden they showed you can hurt them and that will be our task. It will be a great football party. »
England, then coached by Phil Neville, lost 2-1 to Germany to 77,768 at Wembley in November 2019, Klara Buhl scoring a 90th-minute winner.
However, Voss-Tecklenburg felt that this game would not be a good indicator of what was to come on Sunday.
“You can’t compare this game. England are three years more mature,” she added.
The Lionesses have not been beaten since Sarina Wiegman took over in September. This undefeated race includes beat Germany at home for the first time in their history at the Arnold Clark Cup in February.
“I know Sarina is an amazing coach, it’s not about being the best coach,” Voss-Tecklenburg said. “We know each other’s strengths. It’s small details, forcing certain things, making fewer mistakes.
“We know what to expect and we will be ready but we have great respect for each other. She has already proven with the Netherlands that she can win a title and I hope it stays at a title. »
“Golden Boot is not my goal”
Popp became the first player in tournament history to score in five consecutive games and now has six goals, as does England’s Beth Mead in the race to finish as the tournament’s top scorer.
For Wolfsburg striker Popp, it was a remarkable recovery after 10 months out with a serious knee injury, which required two surgeries before returning to action in March.
She started this tournament as a substitute but came off the bench to score fourth in a 4-0 win over Denmark before earning a starting role with Lea Schuller ruled out of games against Spain and Finland in cause of covid.
Popp went on to try her luck scoring in every game of the tournament, although she said she was not focused on winning the Golden Boot.
“I have to disappoint you, it all depends on the team,” Popp said after the game. “If I don’t get those crosses, I can’t score any goals.
“It’s not my goal that I want to win the Golden Boot – the main goal is to win the European Championship. If I get the chance to win the Golden Boot that would be great but if that doesn’t happen and three of my other team buddies score goals I will be very happy. »
Meeting England and Germany in the final is a tantalizing prospect, with former England goalkeeper Siobhan Chamberlain describing it as “the most romantic final you could wish for as a football fan”.
She said: “For England, in an organized tournament, it’s absolutely brilliant. You have so many one-on-one battles in this game that you can get excited, but for me it’s Alexandra Popp versus Millie Bright. , two of the best players in the tournament. »
Christian Spiller, sports editor at German publication Zeit, said the final would feature the tournament’s top two teams.
“It’s not always the case, so it’s going to be a great game and everyone can look forward to it.
“England v Germany, what a game, what a rivalry. It’s not better. »