February 2, 2023

FA promises the Lionesses will travel business class to next summer’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand… as Coach of the Year Sarina Wiegman admits she’s ‘glad we have the support’ after going to economy in 2018 went

Sarina Wiegman has been assured that the Lionesses will fly business class to next summer’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand following previous controversies over the team’s travel arrangements.

The FA was criticized in 2018 when it emerged that the women’s side, then managed by Phil Neville, flew economy to the SheBelieves Cup in the United States.

When they traveled to the same tournament in America two years later, the Lionesses were in premium economy only.

Sarina Wiegman was also named Coach of the Year for leading the Lionesses to victory

Sarina Wiegman confirmed that England would travel business class to Australia and New Zealand

The Euro 2022 champions beat Germany 2-1 in the summer and approach the tournament as one of the favorites

The Euro 2022 champions beat Germany 2-1 in the summer and approach the tournament as one of the favorites

That was the team’s last trip outside Europe, but the FA has promised the Euro 2022 champions that they will receive an upgrade if they travel Down Under for the World Cup in July.

Lionesses boss Wiegman confirmed: ‘We fly business class. That has changed and it’s really good. I’m glad we have the support.

‘You have to perform, so you try to travel in the most comfortable conditions. I went to the draw (October in Auckland) and it makes such a difference to travel business class because you can sleep, you can rest, you can just lie down.’

The Lionesses were named the BBC's Team of the Year at the Sports Personality of the Year awards

The Lionesses were named the BBC’s Team of the Year at the Sports Personality of the Year awards

Wiegman was part of a Lionesses hat-trick on Wednesday night’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year show when she was named Coach of the Year, her side won Team of the Year and Beth Mead took home the top prize.

Despite the accolades that have come their way since the European Championship, the Dutch manager insists the England women are desperate for more success.

“The hunger and eagerness to improve is really great,” added Wiegman. “There is absolutely no complacency in this team.

“The performance has made us where we are now, has made us visible, so we really have to keep performing. We have to improve our game, because there are so many very good countries participating in the World Cup.’

Beth Mead later won the top prize for BBC Sports Personality of the Year

Beth Mead later won the top prize for BBC Sports Personality of the Year

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