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Women’s Euro 2022: England look to the future as they celebrate victory in packed Trafalgar Square

Despite negativity from small factions online, England’s victory at Euro 2022 on Sunday won hearts and minds, turning skeptics into believers, reducing neutrals to tears.

And, looking a bit more shabby after partying late into the night, the victorious England side and coaching staff took to the stage in Trafalgar Square, London, as celebrations resumed.

But before the tunes and dance moves began in earnest – we’re looking at you, Mary Earps – some of the players and manager Sarina Wiegman, who have all received the Freedom of London award, spoke to Scott about what winning it at Wembley Stadium against Germany in the final meant for them and for the future of sport in the country.

Captain Leah Williamson – who admitted the team had “celebrated more than we’ve played football in the last 24 hours” – said the victory, played in front of a record crowd of 87,192 for a European championship final, men’s or women’s, is just the start.

“The legacy of the tournament was already made before the final,” Williamson said. “What we’ve done for women and girls who can aspire to be us.

“I think England have hosted an amazing tournament and we’ve changed the game in this country and hopefully across Europe and around the world. But we said we wanted to build on our legacy of winning. And that’s what we’ve done.”

The 25-year-old added: “Dreams come true. I hope there is a generation that takes inspiration from us.”

“I haven’t stopped dancing”

Of Shania Twain at Harry Kanethe country was gripped by what was on display Sunday afternoon.

So much so that according to the BBC, the final was watched by a record audience of 17.4 million on British television.

And while the jaw-dropping exploits on the pitch were enthralling – from Ella Toone’s lavish token to Chloe Kelly’s first international goal – it was the player’s personalities and charisma that won over an entire country.

Kelly ditching her post-match interview with the BBC to join her teammates in singing Neil Diamond’s classic “Sweet Caroline”, Jill Scott pulling an all-nighter to celebrate and Earps singing “It’s Coming Home” standing on the table from which Wiegman was giving his post-game press conference: the team members instantly became legends.

Women’s Euro 2022: England look to the future as they celebrate victory in packed Trafalgar Square
When asked about his tricky chipped goal of giving England and Kane the lead to rent out for this, Toone said she “taught” this to the captain of the England men’s team.

Kelly said she’s been moving since the final whistle: “I haven’t stopped dancing, my feet keep going.”

A two-time World Cup winner even confirmed to him that his life would never be the same from now on. “I see you Chloe Kelly, well done. Enjoy free rounds of pints and dinners for the rest of your life from all over England. Cheers!” Brandi Chastain, United States Women’s National Team Legend tweeted.

And for Manchester City midfielder Scott – who played for England in several unsuccessful international tournaments – she thanked the support the team had.

“It was fantastic to be part of this team. I train with the best players in the world and it’s so hard to keep up with them. I’m so honored to play a part in this team.

Women’s Euro 2022: England look to the future as they celebrate victory in packed Trafalgar Square

“Everyone who put on the shirt, everyone who believed in women’s football. We just wanted to be football, hopefully, that’s how it’s perceived now around the world.”

And just before the festive second round kicked off, Bronze – in his ski goggles as is the tradition to celebrate the teams – said that even despite his medal-laden career, there was still one on her to-do list.

“I feel on top of the world, on top of Europe. Another trophy, but by far the best. There’s still one more we can get our hands on next year.”


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