The Queen led the greetings to the winners of the European Championship 2022 for England, sending a congratulatory message calling them an “inspiration”.
This is England’s first major tournament since the 1966 Men’s World Cup.
“My family’s warmest congratulations and congratulations to all of you on winning the European Women’s Championship,” a statement from the Queen said.
There will be a victory celebration in front of the fans at Trafalgar Square on Monday Between 11:00 and 14:00 GMT – an event that will be broadcast live on BBC One from 12:40 GMT.
The Queen’s message added: “It’s an important achievement for the entire team, including your support team.
“The tournaments and your performance in them is truly commendable. However, your success far exceeds the trophy you deservedly received.
“You have all set a role model that will be an inspiration to girls and women today, and to generations to come.
“I hope you are as proud of the impact you have had on your sport as you are of the result today.”
Prince William wrote on his Twitter account, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge: “Amazing. Amazing win. The whole nation can’t be proud of you all. Great to see history being made tonight at Wembley, congratulations!”
The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, paid tribute to Sarina Wegman on social media, writing: “Football is back home! Amazing victory by the lionesses.”
Congratulations to Sarena! [Wiegman, manager]ya [Williamson, captain] And the whole team. Football stadiums across the country will be filled like never before by the girls and women inspired by your victory.”
It was the first major championship for the women’s team. “It is a fantastic achievement and a historic sporting moment,” said Mark Bullingham, chief executive of the Football Association.
“This team of Lionesses have been outstanding ambassadors, on and off the field, from their first game to their last. Every member of this team left an indelible lasting mark on women’s football in England.
“Not only have they captured the hearts of the nation, but they have also broken boundaries. They have left a lasting legacy that will positively impact women’s and girls’ football in this country for generations to come.”
The English men’s team lost to Italy on penalties at the same venue in last summer’s European Championship final.
Their captain Harry Kane tweeted, “Absolutely unrealistic scenes at Wembley! Huge congratulations to the amazing Lionesses!! Ella Ton, bow to this finish too.”
Manchester United and England defender Harry Maguire wrote: “Great match. Make history. The whole country is proud of you. Enjoy the celebrations.”
“This Is the Moment” – Critics Reaction
Alex Scott, the former England and Arsenal defender, was very irritable at BBC One after the final whistle.
“So many people have been involved in getting women’s football to this point, to see this trophy,” she said. “That’s what we’ve all been dreaming of, the amount of investment in the game to get us to this point.
“This moment reminds me of the 1999 Women’s World Cup when the United States won it. It changed the face of football in America forever. I feel like this is a moment in England. This is the moment.”
The final was watched by 87,192 people at Wembley – a record for a Euro match in either men’s or women’s football.
The women’s European Championship attendance record was also broken in the opening match at Old Trafford, where 68,871 watched England defeat Austria 1-0.
In total, 574,875 people watched Euro 2022 – more than double the previous record.
Seven of the best entries were at this summer’s European Women’s Championship – also at Southampton, Brighton, Sheffield United and MK Dons.
“In 2018, we were begging people to host Euro matches in their stadiums,” Scott continued. “A lot of people said no. I hope they look at themselves and think they weren’t brave enough.
“I don’t stand at corporate events and beg them to take part in the ladies’ game. If you’re not participating, you missed the boat. You missed the train, finally left the station, it’s gathering speed.”
Arsenal manager Jonas Edvall has praised Sarina Wegmann’s role in England’s victory.
“It’s about clarity and communication,” he said in his role as a BBC analyst. “I spoke to some of my players before the Euros. Sarina had one-on-one conversations with all of them – ‘I see you as a key player, I see you as an influential player’.
“They knew before they came what was expected of them. As soon as I heard I had the feeling right away that this would be a great Euro for England – they wouldn’t waste their energy on those conversations when they are in the tournament.”
Former goalkeeper Rachel Brown-Fiennes, who played with Scott in England’s last final – a 6-2 defeat to Germany at Euro 2009 – added: “I feel joy. All the years of the players who have promoted this sport, they have presented a professional skill. When you weren’t getting paid. ,
“Today he made everything worth it. Well done England, the world is proud of you.”