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Abba chants and pizza: England’s stars celebrated their Euro 2022 quarter-final win over Spain in style… now Sarina Wiegman’s players are planning another dressing room party if they can go one step further in the semi-finals

  • The Lionesses celebrated their victory over Spain with Celine Dion and ABBA
  • Winning players also received pizza and a choice of ice cream or cake
  • England will hope to repeat their celebrations after Tuesday’s semi-finals

England are hoping next Tuesday’s Euro 2022 semi-finals will bring another party in the dressing room after the players celebrated their quarter-final win over Spain with karaoke, dancing and pizza.

The Lionesses endured a nervous evening on Wednesday as they fell behind for the first time of the tournament when Esther Gonzalez put Spain ahead in the 54th minute. But England struck back when Ella Toone equalized in the 84th minute before Georgia Stanway won with a stunning strike in extra time.

Sarina Wiegman’s players had celebrated a record-breaking 8-0 win over Norway a week earlier, and the same followed after securing their place in the semi-finals.

Ella Toone and her teammates celebrated with karaoke and food after Wednesday’s win

“We had some tunes on, sang a little and danced a bit,” said an enthusiastic Toone. “I think Sarina knows and she told us we have to celebrate the little moments because they don’t happen often in football.

“Rach Daly loves a little bit of Celine Dion so we had a little bit of that and then there was a little bit of ABBA and that was mine so I just hit the dance floor. Everyone loves it and everyone participated because it was a special night that will be remembered for a long time.

“So tonight we celebrated, we celebrated with the fans, we’re proud of ourselves, I’m sure we’ll enjoy the night and then our focus shifts to the next game.”

Forward Rachel Daly (above) is a Celine Dion fan, while Toone and others liked ABBA

Forward Rachel Daly (above) is a Celine Dion fan, while Toone and others liked ABBA

Along with singing and dancing, pizza and cake are staples of post-match England. On Wednesday, a trolley with treats was wheeled through the mixed zone into the dressing room. After carb-loading on pizza, players were given a choice of ice cream or cake for dessert.

Wiegman herself isn’t usually the party type, but even England’s calm and collected manager couldn’t contain her emotions when the final whistle blew and admitted she had gone “a little crazy”. Wiegman up through her arms and screamed as England’s place in the semi-finals was confirmed and hugged assistant Arjan Veurink in a massive bear hug. It was the greatest emotion we’ve seen from Wiegman since she took over the Lionesses’ job in September. While she doesn’t usually exaggerate, Wiegman has made it a point to allow her players to enjoy moments like Wednesday night, but always makes sure the focus shifts back to the next game within 24 hours.

It’s a trait that keeps their players grounded and Wiegman’s calmness on and off the pitch was key in England reaching the last four.

Kiera Walsh has praised boss Sarina Wiegman's (above) relaxed attitude during Euro 2022

Kiera Walsh has praised boss Sarina Wiegman’s (above) relaxed attitude during Euro 2022

Walsh is part of the squad preparing for Tuesday's semi-finals at Bramall Lane in Sheffield

Walsh is part of the squad preparing for Tuesday’s semi-finals at Bramall Lane in Sheffield

“I think even being on the sidelines, Sarina is always so calm and I think that influences the team massively,” explained Keira Walsh.

“If you have a coach who yells when you walk up and down the sidelines, it affects you.

“I just think she’s so relaxed. She doesn’t put anyone under pressure. If you make a mistake in practice or in a game, she won’t casually bark at you. As long as you are trying to do the right thing and she asks you to, she will never yell at you. I think that’s really important because it gives you the confidence to try things and some of the goals that we probably wouldn’t have had in the past.

“She’s so calm, very positive and even at half-time she doesn’t come in and start screaming. She always says the right thing at the right moment and was extremely important to us, as was the backroom staff and the technology. We’re just in a really good place.’

England’s semi-final takes place at Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane next Tuesday.

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