This is what the Queen wrote to England manager Gareth Southgate

The Queen has sent her congratulations and best wishes to Gareth Southgate and his England team ahead of tonight’s European Championship final.

Gareth Southgate. Picture: Getty
Gareth Southgate. Picture: Getty

In an open letter, the Queen said: “55 years ago I was fortunate to present the World Cup to Bobby Moore and saw what it meant to the players, management and support staff to reach and win the final of a major international football tournament.

“I want to send my congratulations and that of my family to you all on reaching the final of the European Championships, and send my good wishes for tomorrow with the hope that history will record not only your success but also the spirit, commitment and pride with which you have conducted yourselves.”

Gareth Southgate’s England face Italy in the European Championship final at Wembley at 8pm tonight.