Prince William has sent a message wishing the England players and manager good luck in the European Championship finals in France.
Speaking in a specially recorded video message on the eve of the Three Lions’ opening game against Russia, which ended in 1-1 draw, the Duke of Cambridge said he was confident that the players will build on great performances and give the fans something to cheer for.
England will try to overcome the disappointment in the first game when they meet Wales at Stade Bollaert-Delelis in Lens on Thursday. The game is expected to be followed closely in the country.
The Prince’s message came to endorse the Together for England campaign, which aims to strengthen the bond between the national team and football fans of all ages.
Here is the full text of the message:
“Roy, I wanted to wish you, your staff and the England squad all the very best for the European Championship finals in France.
“I know you have done everything possible to prepare in the right way, building on the hard work that has been done at Wembley, St. George’s Park and on the road.
“Like millions of fans across the country, I will be tuning into the opening game against Russia on Saturday night. I am definitely going to make it out there myself during the tournament. And rest assured that everyone back home will be cheering England on whenever you play.
‘’We are all looking forward to watching some great football in the coming weeks and exciting performance from this team will inspire the next generation of England players and staff to go out and get involved in the game at the grassroots.
“I know The FA is sending the message to supporters everywhere that we are Together for England. Remember, the nation is behind you. Good luck to you all.”
In April, Prince William marked his ten years as president of the Football Association in a reception held at the Wembley Stadium.