England women compared to Lionel Messi's team as fans hail Lionesses for 'biggest upgrade' | The Sun

FANS have hailed Sarina Wiegman as the "biggest upgrade" following her success as Lionesses' manager.

The Dutch coach replaced Phil Neville as the team's manager and has gone on to win the Women's Euros and qualify for the final of the Women's World Cup.

Wiegman's most recent success saw the Lionesses overcome host nation Australia in the semi-final of the World Cup to set up a tie against Spain in the final on Sunday.

Neville was replaced by Wiegman, 53, in 2021, leading the Lionesses to become one of the top teams in the world.

After leaving his role, Neville was hired by MLS outfit Inter Miami but struggled to improve the team.

He was sacked by the club earlier this year and since his departure, the club has signed Lionel Messi and managed to qualify for the Concacaf Champions Cup thanks to a 4-1 win over Philadelphia Union in the Leagues Cup semi-final.


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Miami set a record with the achievement as they have become the first club to qualify for the competition while being bottom of their league, as the top three teams from the Leagues Cup earn a spot in the continental cup.

And fans have flocked to social media to draw on the comparison between the two team's successes since Neville's departures.

One fan Tweeted: "Phil Neville to Sarina Wiegman is maybe the biggest managerial upgrade any team in the entire history of football has ever made."

A second commented: "Lionesses 🤝 Inter Miami. Sack Phil Neville to get good."

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A third wrote: "Lionesses continue to show that nothing is impossible when you don’t have Phil Neville in charge."

A fourth said: "Phil Neville leaves the Lionesses, and they win the euros and are now in the World Cup final. Neville left Inter Miami, and they sign Lionel Messi and are now qualified for Concacaf. Biggest fraud ever."

A fifth added: "Has there been a bigger upgrade in football than Phil Neville to Sarina Wiegman?

While another joked: "If we’d have given Phil Neville more time, we’d have been able to have a proper lie in on Sunday 🤷🏻‍♂️."

Sunday's final is Wiegman's second successive World Cup final after she led the Netherlands to a clash with the USA in 2019 – before they suffered a 2-0 defeat.

Neville, 46, however is back in work and is currently working as an assistant for the Canada men's national team.

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