It’s coming home! At long last, it really is coming home!
It took extra-time and a whole lot of nerves, but England beat Germany 2-1 to lift the Uefa Women’s Euro 2022 trophy in front of over 87,000 fans on Sunday. Goals from substitutes Ella Toone and Chloe Kelly did the job for England despite a 79th-minute equaliser from Lina Magull.
England beating Germany in the final of a major tournament. It doesn’t get much better (or rarer) than that, does it?
🏆 OUR ENGLAND. OUR CHAMPIONS. 🏆 pic.twitter.com/gf4BHUd5fW
— Lionesses (@Lionesses) July 31, 2022
Sunday felt like far more than just a major trophy win — even if it was England Women’s first-ever and the nation’s first since 1966. It felt more like an outpouring as history was made and a path was paved for the future.
As always, Twitter was awash with messages of congratulations and pure joy for the Lionesses, with celebrities, journalists and footballers alike having their say…
— Harry Kane (@HKane) July 31, 2022
The @Lionesses has finally bought it HOME 🏴🏴🏴🏴🏴🏴🏴🏴🏴🏴🏴
— Fara Williams MBE (@fara_williams47) July 31, 2022
YESSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!! THE @LIONESSES ARE EUROPEAN CHAMPIONS!! 😃
First major trophy for England (men or women) since 1966!🏆
A gripping final and a truly inspirational tournament. Wow. Just wow! 🏴
— Ben Jacobs (@JacobsBen) July 31, 2022
History 🎉 pic.twitter.com/0vk23Hw2rs
— Ali Rampling (@AliRampling) July 31, 2022
— Squawka (@Squawka) July 31, 2022
I see you @Chloe_Kelly98 well done. Enjoy the free rounds of pints and dinners for the rest of your life from all of England. Cheers!
— Brandi Chastain (@brandichastain) July 31, 2022
What a day for sport! Go #lionesses 🙌🙌🙌
— DameKellyHolmesTrust (@DameKellysTrust) July 31, 2022
Amazing achievement Lionesses well done England!!! Emotional and perfect commentary from @rach_brown1 💪🏻🏴💪🏻🏴
— Tommy Fleetwood (@TommyFleetwood1) July 31, 2022
Football is a simple game. 22 women chase a ball for 90 minutes and, at the end, England actually win. Congratulations @lionesses. Fabulous.
— Gary Lineker 💙💛 (@GaryLineker) July 31, 2022
WE DID IT. OH MY WORD WE DID IT #Lionesses
— Jessica Charman (@JessTalksFootie) July 31, 2022
— Declan Rice (@_DeclanRice) July 31, 2022
Jokes aside, the global game just changed with that win. Bigger than England, by a lot.
— Meg Linehan (@itsmeglinehan) July 31, 2022
What the @Lionesses have just done is amazing and so damned bloody hard to do. A seismic moment for Sport in this country! Well done to you all 🏴 ❤️⚽️
— Gary Neville (@GNev2) July 31, 2022
Congratulations @Lionesses fantastic achievement 🏆 The first goal summed up the quality in this team 👌🏻 you are all role models for future generations who will take up the game because of what they’ve seen today ❤️ #Lionesses
— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) July 31, 2022
There were some huge, defining moments throughout the match, from a number of interventions by goalkeeping hero Mary Earps, to the dramatic winner from Chloe Kelly — as well as the frightful equaliser from Lina Magull, which feels like a lifetime ago now…
Whatever happens Mary Earps is a national treasure.
— Sarah Keyworth (@sarahkcomedy) July 31, 2022
1-1. That #GER mindset is so strong. Magull.
— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) July 31, 2022
Chloe Kelly used to get the bus to Wembley on FA Cup final day, buy a programme and then get the bus home. She's just scored at Wembley in a Euros final. Drink it in.
— Kathryn Batte (@KathrynBatte) July 31, 2022
— Roberto Rojas (@RobertoRojas97) July 31, 2022
With records being broken left, right and centre, it’s all about the future now for women’s football.
As Gabby Logan put it: “The Lionesses brought football home, now it’s down to all of us to keep it here.”
— Women in Journalism (@WIJ_UK) July 31, 2022