Arina Wiegman said she was “incredibly proud” of her England side after reaching the European Championship final with a 4-0 win over Sweden.
England will meet either Germany or France at Wembley on Sunday after dismantling the world No 2 ranked side at Bramall Lane.
Alessia Russo stole the show with a magnificent backheel to make it 3-0 after Beth Mead and Lucy Bronze firmly controlled the hosts, and Fran Kirby completed the scoring as England reached a first ever final of the euro since 2009.
“I think they’ve shown a few times that they’re very resilient,” said Wiegman, who won the tournament with his native Netherlands on home soil in 2017.
“We didn’t start well, we struggled. We found a way. Game players have found a way out of their pressure. I’m incredibly proud of them.
Former Arsenal and England striker Ian Wright said he had never felt so proud of an England team and urged the country to ensure there remains a legacy of success England in the final.
“What happens in the final now if girls aren’t allowed to play football in their PE just like boys can, what do we do?” Wright said in his pundit role. the BBC.
“We have to make sure they are able to play and have the opportunity to do so. If there is no legacy to that – like with the Olympics – then what do we do because it am as proud as I have ever felt of any English team.
Fellow expert Alex Scott praised the England team for the way they performed throughout the tournament and said it was “special” to reach a final at Wembley.
“Is this real? Someone is pinching me,” Scott said. “England were frustrated in the first game, they blew away Norway, they were on the ropes against Spain and today the England found a way back into the game and pushed Sweden aside.
“We are leaving for Wembley. Go on. With each game, different players have progressed. People interviewed Rachel Daly, a big performance. Leah Williamson and Millie Bright were rock solid. Great performances from different individuals in every game.
“The amount of investment that has been put into women’s football. This team to get to Wembley is special, they deserve all the accolades.