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Sarina Wiegman ends doubt over England future with contract extension to 2027 World Cup

Sarina Wiegman was named the Fifa Best women’s coach on Monday night  (AP)
Sarina Wiegman was named the Fifa Best women’s coach on Monday night (AP)

Sarina Wiegman will stay as England manager until the 2027 Women’s World Cup after signing a contract extension with the Football Association.

Wiegman’s contract had been due to end in 2025, leading to speculation over her future following defeat by Spain in last year’s World Cup final. But she has committed to two more major tournaments including next year’s European Championship in Switzerland, where England will be the defending champions.

The FA had been desperate to retain the Dutch coach, who has proved so successful on the pitch and so popular off it with both players and fans. Mark Bullingham, the FA’s CEO, hailed Wiegman’s achievement in turning England into a “consistent competitive force”.

Bullingham said: “We are thrilled Sarina has agreed to extend her time with us as we head into another significant period of international football. She has achieved so much through her outstanding work as a coach and leader, and there is more to come. The aim with our England teams is to be a consistent competitive force in major tournaments, and Sarina has helped us achieve that – building on what had been several years of positive progress.

“She has also been a tremendous ambassador for the women’s game, and English football in general. Her commitment to what we are trying to do to grow the grassroots for all and promote the Lionesses player pathway is there for all to see. Sarina is an inspiration to so many at home and abroad, and it is great that her time with us at Wembley and St. George’s Park will continue.”

Wiegman and assistant Arjan Veurink will continue their partnership (Getty Images)
Wiegman and assistant Arjan Veurink will continue their partnership (Getty Images)

Arjan Veurink, Wiegman’s long-time assistant, will continue in his role after signing his own extension to 2027.

Weigman said: “I am so happy to have the chance to lead England through to 2027 after an incredible two and a half years. Looking forward, we have unfinished business and I know we are capable of even more, although nothing will come easy. Our game is becoming so competitive at the top level. I relish that opportunity and can’t wait to start the EURO qualifiers, followed by the World Cup.

“I would like to thank Mark Bullingham, [chair] Debbie Hewitt and the FA Board for their support. I also must mention Arjan Veurink, I am delighted he has also extended his stay. It is a fantastic job working with these amazing players and alongside great colleagues. And, of course, it is very special to be able to play a part in giving our fans such wonderful moments.”

The Lionesses are set to next be in action in February with two international fixtures overseas, with details of opposition and venue to be confirmed imminently. Euro 2025 qualifying will then begin in April with the draw to determine the match schedule set for 5 March.