In general, to gauge the magnitude of an event in England, it is sufficient to know whether Queen Elizabeth II has commented on it. This Sunday, after England’s victory over Germany in the final of the European Championship (2-1), the governing power since 1952 rushed to send a message to the new heroines of the United Kingdom. There is no need to explain how historical is the coronation of England, the first, men and women alike, since 1966.
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“My warmest congratulations and those of my family to you on winning the Euro,” said the 96-year-old sovereign in frail health, who was unable to travel to Wembley on that historic day as Geoffrey Hurst’s team-mates took the World Cup won.
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An example “that will inspire the girls and women of today, but also of future generations”
“This is a remarkable achievement for the whole team, including the staff,” Queen Elizabeth II continued. “Obviously, this competition and your achievements have received a lot of praise. […] You have made a mark that will inspire the girls and women of today as well as future generations. I hope you will be as proud of the impact you have had on your sport as you are of today’s result.”
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If Elizabeth II herself is also moved, let us imagine the jubilation that gripped all of Albion after the victory of the players of Sarina Wiegman, the favorite of the Euros, who managed to overcome all the pitfalls to win this long-awaited title to win. “It’s unreal,” couldn’t believe Chloe Kelly, author of the winning goal, and logically very touched on the BBC mic shortly after the game.
“Honestly, it’s incredible. This is what dreams are made of. These girls are special, and so is this coach. “I don’t think I don’t understand what’s going on. I’ll need time,” said Wiegman, who won a second euro on the bench in as many contested expenditures.
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“I can’t believe it,” said Jill Scott, the English midfielder who lost to Germany in the 2009 European Championship final (6-2) that the “lionesses” once tamed them. “It’s an incredible group, between the staff and the players. It is such a great privilege to be a part of this adventure. And with all the fans (there were 87,192 at Wembley for the last historic record, ed.), what a day. I don’t think I’ll be able to sleep this week,” commented the 35-year-old, who came into play in the final act of the tournament.
“It’s the best day of my life, I can’t explain how I feel,” exulted the other England striker at the meeting, Ella Toone. “I’m on top of the world, I’m so proud to have been able to do that with these girls,” she told her partners, who created an unprecedented enthusiasm for the discipline during these Euros.
Adding to the many testimonies from England on the street saying they had gone mad about women’s football during the competition, Georginia Stanway, an essential England women’s midfielder, said ahead of the game that she had to disappoint her male counterparts, including Harry Maguire, who had hastily asked for tickets to the final. For one simple reason: there weren’t any available.
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Further proof of the upheaval that could provoke this title on the other side of the English Channel: while Beth Mead, top scorer with six successes and best player in the Euros, also expressed herself “speechless” and “in shock” after the “crazy” coronation , Rishi Sunak, one of the Conservative Party leaders who is running for prime minister, reiterated that he wants to give women’s football “more opportunities” to develop in his country.
Messages of congratulations are pouring in from around the world, such as that of American legend Brandi Chastain, who watched Chloe Kelly take off his jersey to celebrate as Chloe Kelly scored the winning goal at the 1999 World Cup. “I see you, well done,” she slipped to the Englishwoman before wishing her: “Enjoy pints of beer and free meals until the end of your life.” For that, Kelly and his band would have to get down to earth.
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