In a tide of flags and an atmosphere of jubilation, thousands of people came to cheer on the players of the England team in London on Monday.
The English became European champions at the end of a competition which aroused unprecedented enthusiasm and heralded a new era.
“We said we wanted our legacy to be based on winning and that’s what we did!” Said captain Leah Williamson in front of a crowd of around 7,000 people gathered in Trafalgar Square to applaud the Lionesses the day after their victory against Germany (2-1).
“The party isn’t going to stop,” she continued after a short night out, “this team loves to work hard, but loves to party even more.” Author of the goal which ensured the victory during extra time, Chloe Kelly has “not stopped dancing” and confides that she is in a “pitiful state”.
The public who came to take part in the celebration were over the moon. “I’m really really happy,” rejoices Lauren, 8, who came with her 7-year-old brother and her mother Lisa Christie. “It was incredible”, rejoices the mother of the family the day after the match which she watched on television. “We need more girls” in football, she believes, “hopefully we will have some”.
Mark Peters, 45, was lucky enough to be at Wembley for the final, with his 12-year-old daughter and 6-year-old son Lorenzo calling the match “incredible”. He hopes this historic victory will encourage women’s football, noting that his daughter’s school does not offer them to play football. “Let’s hope that changes!”
17.4 million viewers
The success of the English players comes 56 years after England’s last title, with the victory of the men in the same Wembley stadium at the 1966 World Cup.
Queen Elizabeth II congratulated the “Lionesses” on their “much-deserved” success after the win. “You have all set an example that will inspire girls and women today and for generations to come,” the Queen, whose grandson Prince William, said in a statement. attended the match at Wembley.
“I hope you will be as proud of the impact you have had on your sport as you are of today’s result.”
More than 87,000 spectators attended the match from the stands of London’s Wembley Stadium, a record for a European competition, men and women combined. On television, the match was watched by up to 17.4 million viewers, a record for a women’s football match, according to the BBC.
Counting the 5.9 million people who watched it on the internet, it is the most watched program this year.
“They’re amazing, they’re such an inspiration to a lot of kids, not just the boys now,” said Olivia Firth, 22, who came from the north of England to watch the game at Wembley with her mother and enjoying the “incredible” atmosphere of the party.
“There is a great party atmosphere,” rejoices Donna Rossall, 45, from the Isle of Wight. “It’s really good to see that everyone is supporting the team,” she said to the crowd.
“The repercussions that are coming for the girls are going to be extraordinary”, she enthuses, explaining that she told her daughter Eve, 13, who has been practicing this sport since the age of 7, that when she was at school, “the girls did not play football”.
This article has been published automatically. Sources: ats / afp
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