In a tide of flags and an atmosphere of jubilation, thousands of people came to cheer on Monday in London the players of the England team, European champions at the end of a competition which caused an unprecedented enthusiasm. for women’s sports. About 7,000 people gathered in Trafalgar Square to applaud the Lionesses the day after their victory against Germany (2-1).
“I’m 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, “want that we will have them”.
A real popular success
Mark Peters, 45, was lucky enough to be at Wembley for the final, along with his 12-year-old daughter and 6-year-old son Lorenzo, who called the match “incredible”. The father of the family hopes that this historic victory will encourage the female foot, noting that his daughter’s school does not offer them to play foot. “Let’s hope that changes! “, he professes.
The success of the English players during this Euro 2022 comes 56 years after England’s last title, with the victory of the men in the same Wembley stadium at the 1966 World Cup. More than 87,000 spectators watched the match from the stands of the London’s Wembley Stadium, a record for a European competition, men and women alike.
The Queen congratulates the European champions
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. “Football is coming home,” resigned Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted. Queen Elizabeth II congratulated the “Lionesses” on their “much deserved” success after the victory.
“You have all set an example that will inspire girls and women today and for generations to come,” the Queen said in her statement. I hope you will be as proud of the impact you have had on your sport as you are of today’s result. »