Rub those bleary eyes; put that coffee on the stove; and pinch yourself. Last night really did happen. For the first time ever, it can be said that England are the current holders of the Euros.
After Sunday’s (July 31) final between the England and Germany went into extra time at 1-1, Chloe Kelly put England ahead in dramatic style after an earlier goal from Ella Toone to secure the Lionesses’ first ever major tournament win. It’s the first International glory on this level since the men’s team World Cup victory in 1966, and the first time the England National team has ever won the Euros.
So it’s safe to say that history has been made, and the outpouring of commendation towards the team attests to that. Prior to the game, on Saturday, one such London attraction was keen to pass on its support to the team…
Yes, the Shard lit up in England colours to cheer on the Lionesses, shining bright over the city. It lit up the night before the game, and again yesterday evening after the historical win.
Further history has been made through the competition, culminating with the final drawing the largest ever Wembley Stadium crowd for a game at the Euros, with praise heaped on the success of the tournament providing role models to future generations. Not to mention the fact that over 17 million people tuned into the BBC’s coverage of the game.
If that wasn’t enough, Arsenal and England’s Beth Mead picked up both the Golden Boot and Player Of The Tournament awards to add to the winner’s medal. Not a bad haul, eh? The Lionesses will also receive the freedom of the city of London.
Next stop, World Cup.