Watch England Euro 2022 celebrations LIVE: Lionesses cheered by thousands at Trafalgar Square
he Lionesses arrived on stage to a roar of cheers and whistles from thousands of fans in London’s Trafalgar Square on Monday as they continue to revel in their historic win over Germany in the Euro 2022 final.
London-born Chloe Kelly, who scored the winning goal, cheekily said to the crowd her “shirt is staying on” after her iconic celebration on Sunday night as the group spoke of a night of partying in the wake of their 2-1 win.
Manager Sarina Wiegman said after some much needed rest, the next goal was to qualify for the FIFA 2023 Women’s World Cup being hosted across Australia and New Zealand.
Captain Leah Williamson said Ms Wiegman was the “missing ingredient England was looking for” and praised the manager for bringing the team together.
“I’m proud to wear this patch and even more proud to share the pitch with this team.”
Meanwhile, the Queen led tributes to the side as they became the first senior England team to win a major tournament since the 1966 World Cup.
Trafalgar Square ceremony
Up to 7,000 fans will have the opportunity to show their support for the Lionesses at Trafalgar Square from 11am. Supporters will be able to gain free entry on a first-come-first-served basis, as well as listen to DJ Monki and watch tournament highlights on big screens.
Sarina Wiegman and the England team will grace the stage for a Q&A and trophy lift. The event will be broadcast live on BBC One and BBC iPlayer from 12.40pm onwards, hosted by Lionesses legend Alex Scott MBE, and is expected to end by 2pm.
Pictured: Fans line-up at Trafalgar Square
Leah Williamson: ‘I don’t know when we’ll realise what we’ve done’
Captain Leah Williamson said on Monday that the historic victory still hasn’t sunk in.
During an interview with EE, she said: “It’s incredible, you look at the trophy and remember… I don’t know when we will all realise what we’ve just done.”
She added: “Being English on that football pitch yesterday was always going to be enough for me.”
Watch the full interview:
Sarina Weigman: ‘English people can drink’
Manager Sarina Weigman described celebrations last night as “crazy”, with “lots of music” and “lots of dancing”.
“English people can drink. A little bit too much alcohol I think…but it’s okay. When you have this accomplishment, it’s really good to have a party,” she said.
Pictured: Fans arrive at Trafalgar Square
It’s a good morning for Rachel Daly
No10 (and Larry the cat) ready for Lionesses celebration
Win ‘massive’ moment for women’s football
Ryan Grumbridge, 40, and Gemma Grumbridge, 43, travelled from Oldham to London to watch the Euros final at Wembley Stadium on Sunday night with their two daughters.
Mr Grumbridge, who is a coach for the 250-strong girls’ football club Crompton FC, said this is a “massive” moment for women’s football.
“It’s good for them to get some recognition – I hope it keeps growing and growing, and we’ll carry on getting decent-sized crowds.”
He said the Lionesses are “fantastic role models” for his daughters Ruby and Amelia, aged 11 and 13.
“They’ve got a fantastic bond as well,” he added. “They seem like great friends, [Ruby] follows them all on TikTok.”
Ms Grumbridge told the PA news agency it was “absolutely amazing” to be in London to watch the game at Wembley, with “lots of singing, lots of cheering… incredible”.
Trafalgar Square at full capacity
Trafalgar Square is now at full capacity ahead of the Lionesses appearance at 12.40pm.
Fans have donned flags, face paint and lion costumes as they wait to cheer on their heroes.
London mayor takes to the stage
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has taken to the stage to address thousands at Trafalgar Square ahead of the highly anticipated trophy lift