Serena Wegman regularly exchanges ideas with England men’s manager Gareth Southgate on how to lead the national teams to success after the pair have developed a good friendship.
Wigman only took control of the women’s squad in October, just nine months before leading the team to this summer’s European Championships.
And one of the first to offer a hand of friendship was Southgate, who is understood to have reached out to his female counterpart to help her with her new job and inform her of What can she find at the base of the Football Association? St. George’s Park.
This positive approach was greatly appreciated by Wiegman and the two have spoken regularly, even delivering coaching seminars together.
A source who knows the pair told Telegraph Sport: “When they are at St George’s Park they are fine and talk all the time, but also on the phone away from camp.
“They have very similar views on football and have become quite close. They have worked together on a few things over the last few months and are in touch regularly.
Along with a blossoming friendship, the relationship also gives them an opportunity to exchange ideas and approaches, and there are discussions about strategy and training sessions.
One thing Wigman was particularly keen to discuss was Southgate’s experience at the home Euros last summer, what worked in the build-up and what didn’t, but also when the players were in camp during the tournament.
Wegmann was Holland manager when they won Euro 2017 on home soil but had no previous experience of managing in England when he took the job last year, and felt it was useful to ask Southgate. That was when his team reached Euro 2017. Euro 2020 final, defeat to Italy on penalties.
One of the key initiatives adopted by both the men’s and women’s sides over the past few years has been the promotion of younger players across age groups to train with the first team squad at St George’s Park.
The idea is that the best Under-18 or 19 players are invited to play matches behind closed doors and train with the senior squad. It has been designed with the hope that it will make the transition from youth team to under-21 or senior football less difficult when the time comes.
It also means that youngsters get used to sharing a dressing room with the likes of Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling or Lucy Bruins and Ellen White so that if and when they are included in the senior squad for an international match, they ” Don’t feel “starstruck.” first time.
The friendship is another sign of the growing cross-pollination between the men’s and women’s set-ups at St George’s Park where best practice ideas and expertise, particularly in terms of strength and conditioning, but also with support staff, are shared on a regular basis. are being done.