Lionesses make history with Euro 2022 victory beating Germany 2-1
England have beaten Germany 2-1 to win the Euros and celebrations are just get started, Amy Lewis spoke to fans about what it meant to them
England's 56-year wait for silverware on the international stage is over after the Lionesses defeated Germany 2-1 in the Euros final.
Goals from Ella Toone and Chloe Kelly brought a major trophy home for the first time since 1966 in front of a record breaking crowd of over 87,000 people.
Sarina Wiegman's side started the final brightly and looked to put pressure on Germany from the outset, with two opportunities inside the first ten minutes.
Germany pushed back in the second half and looked the more dangerous side until substitutions gave England a renewed sense of purpose.
Substitute Ella Toone was the first to capitalise after she was picked out by an inch-perfect though-ball from Kiera Walsh and kept her cool to send a lobbed finish over the Germany goalkeeper.
Germany continued to grow into the game even after the goal, until they were eventually rewarded for their efforts with a clinical finish to equalise in the 80th minute.
Lina Magull had been Germany's most dangerous player throughout the game and capitalised to turn a cross past the previously infallible Earps for the equaliser.
Wiegman brought on Jill Scott and Alex Greenwood for Rachel Daly and Georgia Stanway, but neither side were able to find a winner in the 90 minutes and the game went to extra-time.
The game continued in a scrappy fashion, with no breakthrough in the first half of extra-time. The tension was clear, with the number of fouls and angry words exchanged between both sets of players increasing.
Chloe Kelly restored England’s lead.
Germany failed to deal with a corner from Lauren Hemp, Lucy Bronze got a touch on the ball and Kelly was in the right place at the right time to stab the ball home.
She wheeled away in celebration and was subsequently booked for taking her shirt off.
Kelly only returned from a serious knee injury in April but had no doubts about her recovery.
After the match she said: “Thank you for everyone who played a part in my rehab. I always believed I’d be here, but to be here and score the winner, wow. These girls are amazing.
“This is amazing, I just want to celebrate now.”
Fans in Sheffield reacting to England's historic win
Fans in Wembley and elsewhere across the country erupted into celebrations as England won the match.
In Trafalgar Square horns tooted and chants of “It’s coming home” could be heard as a light drizzle came down.
The large TV screens were temporarily turned off after revellers went into the fountains.
Fans said England’s win was a “victory for girls across the country”.
A sea of England flags could be seen as tens of thousands left the match, many embracing, dancing and singing.
Beth Mead claimed the Golden Boot after finishing the tournament with six goals.
Mead looked very much on for the accolade from just ahead of kick-off as the big news emerged that Popp had sustained what Germany described as “muscular problems” in the warm-up and was being replaced in Martina Voss-Tecklenburg’s starting line-up by Lea Schuller.
The Queen has congratulated England on winning the European Women's Football Championships saying: "Your success goes far beyond the trophy you have so deservedly earned".
The Duke of Cambridge, who is president of the Football Association and presented Sarina Wiegman’s side with their medals, also congratulated the team for their “sensational” win, tweeting: “An incredible win @lionesses and the whole nation couldn’t be prouder of you all.
“Wonderful to see history in the making tonight at Wembley, congratulations! W.”