Rub those cloudy eyes; put this coffee on the stove; and pinch yourself. Really last night did occur. For the first time, we can say that England is the current holder of the euro.
After Sunday (July 31) final between England and Germany went into extra time at 1-1, Chloe Kelly put England ahead in dramatic fashion after an earlier goal from Ella Toone to secure the Lionesses’ first-ever victory in a major tournament. It is the first international glory at this level since the victory of the men’s team in the World Cup in 1966, and the first time that the England national team wins the Euro.
So it’s safe to say that history has been made, and the outpouring of congratulations to the team is testament to that. Before the game on Saturday, one of these London attraction wanted to convey its support to the team…
Yes, the Shard lit up in the colors of England to cheer on the Lionesses, shining over the city. It lit up the day before the match, and again yesterday evening after the historic victory.
Another story was written across the competition, culminating with the final drawing the biggest crowd ever to Wembley Stadium for a Euros match, with praise for the tournament’s success providing role models for future generations. Not to mention the fact that more than 17 million people tuned in to the BBC’s coverage of the game.
If that wasn’t enough, Arsenal and England’s Beth Mead picked up the Golden Boot and Player Of The Tournament awards to add to the winner’s medal. Not a bad start, huh? The Lionesses will also receive freedom from the City of London.
Next step, World Cup.