Britain’s Queen Elizabeth leads tributes after England’s women’s team beats Germany in the final to win the first major trophy.England’s Euro 2022 football win “will be an inspiration for girls and women today, and for future generations”, Queen Elizabeth II has said after the Lionesses beat Germany 2-1 to lift their first major trophy.
Chloe Kelly’s extra-time goal secured England’s win at a sold-out Wembley on Sunday.
“Your success goes far beyond the trophy you have so deservedly earned,” the queen said in a statement on Sunday.
“You have all set an example that will be an inspiration for girls and women today, and for future generations.”
Substitute Ella Toone’s sublime chip, in front of a record crowd for any European Championships match of 87,192 at Wembley, had put England in front.
Germany’s Lina Magull levelled 11 minutes from the end of 90 minutes.
Kelly struck in extra time to give England the win, which came just over 56 years to the day since the England men defeated West Germany to win the 1966 World Cup final at Wembley.
Here is how the players, experts and the fans reacted to England’s win:
England forward Kelly: “Thank you to every single person. Honestly, it’s amazing. This is what dreams are made of. It’s unbelievable. To be here and score the winner, these girls are special, this manager is special. This is amazing. I just want to celebrate now.”
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