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England’s victory over Germany in Euro 2022 hailed by the Queen as ‘an inspiration for girls and women across the nation’



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England have won Euro 2022 in front of a record-breaking crowd of 87,192 people at Wembley Stadium - and the Queen has hailed the Lionesses’ historic win as “an inspiration for girls and women” across the nation.

They beat Germany 2-1 after extra time to win the European Women’s Football Championships, becoming the first England team to win any major tournament since 1966.

England celebrating victory over Germany in the Euro 2022 final. Picture: Jonathan Brady/PA
England celebrating victory over Germany in the Euro 2022 final. Picture: Jonathan Brady/PA

The Duke of Cambridge helped to present the medals and trophies at a game that, it is hoped, will prompt many more fans to watch women’s football - and could inspire the next generation of players.

The Queen said in a statement: “My warmest congratulations, and those of my family, go to you all on winning the European Women’s Football Championships.

“It is a significant achievement for the entire team, including your support staff.

Leah Williamson lifts the Uefa Women’s Euro 2022 trophy for England. Picture: Danny Lawson/PA
Leah Williamson lifts the Uefa Women’s Euro 2022 trophy for England. Picture: Danny Lawson/PA

“The Championships and your performance in them have rightly won praise.

“However, your success goes far beyond the trophy you have so deservedly earned.

England head coach Sarina Wiegman celebrates England's Euro 2022 win over Germany. Picture: Danny Lawson/PA
England head coach Sarina Wiegman celebrates England's Euro 2022 win over Germany. Picture: Danny Lawson/PA

“You have all set an example that will be an inspiration for girls and women today, and for future generations.

“It is my hope that you will be as proud of the impact you have had on your sport as you are of the result today.”

Substitute Chloe Kelly’s extra-time finish proved the decisive blow.

Chloe Kelly, right, celebrates scoring England second goal in the UEFA Women's Euro 2022 final win over Germany at Wembley Stadium. Picture: PA
Chloe Kelly, right, celebrates scoring England second goal in the UEFA Women's Euro 2022 final win over Germany at Wembley Stadium. Picture: PA

Kelly prodded the ball past Merle Frohms in the 110th minute to restore the tournament hosts’ lead after fellow substitute Ella Toone’s fantastic lobbed opener just after the hour mark.

Eight-time champions Germany had equalised with 11 minutes of normal time remaining through Lina Magull, and the game looked on course for a penalty shoot-out until Kelly’s effort fired Sarina Wiegman’s side to glory.

The match set a record for the highest attendance at either a men's or women's European Championship.

A capacity crowd during the Euro 2022 final at Wembley. Picture: Joe Giddens/PA
A capacity crowd during the Euro 2022 final at Wembley. Picture: Joe Giddens/PA

The team are expected to have made history with the biggest home TV audience on record for a women’s football match.

The record of nine million was set during England’s semi-final defeat by USA in the 2019 World Cup, according to ratings organisation Barb.

England fans celebrate victory over Germany in UEFA Women's Euro 2022. Picture: Aaron Chown/PA
England fans celebrate victory over Germany in UEFA Women's Euro 2022. Picture: Aaron Chown/PA

Cambridge United WFC described it as a “memorable day” for women’s football and had earlier promised some “very exciting news” for the club and its fans in the coming days.



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