Watch England Euro 2022 celebrations LIVE: Lionesses cheered by thousands at Trafalgar Square

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Watch England Euro 2022 celebrations LIVE: Lionesses cheered by thousands at Trafalgar Square
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The 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.

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Trafalgar Square ceremony

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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

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Leah Williamson: ‘I don’t know when we’ll realise what we’ve done'

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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’

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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

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It’s a good morning for Rachel Daly

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No10 (and Larry the cat) ready for Lionesses celebration

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Win ‘massive’ moment for women’s football

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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

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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.

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London mayor takes to the stage

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Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has taken to the stage to address thousands at Trafalgar Square ahead of the highly anticipated trophy lift

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Watch the celebrations

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For those who couldn’t make it in person, here is a live stream of all the action at Trafalgar Square

Watch: Roar of cheers as Lionesses grace the stage

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Lionesses say next goal is winning 2023 World Cup

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The Lionesses have said their eyes are now fixed on winning the FIFA 2023 Women’s World Cup.

Captain Leah Williamson told the supportive crowd: “We’ve changed the game in this country and hopefully across Europe and the world.

“We wanted to make our legacy about winning and that’s what we did.”

Meanwhile Chloe Kelly, who scored the winning goal, said it was “so special” to share the moment with “all the girls”.

Lucy Bronze said she was “on top of the world, on top of Europe.”

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Party has begun at Trafalgar Square

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Evening Standard football writer Simon Collings is at Trafalgar Square

The atmosphere has been building since 11am, but now the party has really begun, he says.

Alex Scott just welcomed the players on stage to huge cheers. The crowd is packed with young kids and parents, some of them in tears.

There’s a fair few England players in sunglasses. The party last night must have been a good one…Lucy Bronze, sporting some colourful ski goggles, gets a huge cheer from the crowd as she teases World Cup glory next year.“This was great; but there’s one more trophy we can get…”

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Sarina Wiegman ‘missing ingredient England was looking for'

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Manager Sarina Wiegman said after some much needed rest, the next goal was to qualify for the FIFA 2023 Women’s World Cup.

Captain Leah Williamson said Ms Wiegman was the “missing ingredient England was looking for” and praised the manager for bringing the team together.

Ms Williamson admitted the team had been partying more than they had been playing football in the last 24 hours.

She said: “This teams likes to work hard but we like to party harder so that’s all I was thinking of at the finals.”

Chloe Kelly, who scored the winning goal, cheekily said to the crowd that her “shirt is staying on” after her iconic celebration on Sunday night.

“I’m proud to wear this patch and even more proud to share the pitch with this team.”

“I ain’t stopped dancing, everyone is buzzing.”

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Crowd goes nuts for ‘Sweet Caroline’

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“It’s been a question of when, not if, they’d play ‘Sweet Caroline’. They finally do and the crowd go nuts, waving their flags and signing along,” says Evening Standard football writer Simon Collings.

“The perfect way to end the summer.”

World Cup qualifier in Stoke-on-Trent

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Tickets are on sale to see the winning team play against Luxembourg for the 2023 World Cup qualifier.

The Lionesses will play at the home of Stoke City FC on September 6.

Pictured: Celebrations at Trafalgar Square

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Lioness fan staged protest when barred from football at school

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Sally Butler, 43, is the chairwoman of Stafford Soccer Mums FC, and said that the Lionesses’ victory on Sunday was a significant moment for her personally.

“I wasn’t allowed to play (football) at school, I’m from that generation where it wasn’t accepted, because I was a girl,” she told the PA news agency at Trafalgar Square.

Ms Butler, who was nine at the time, recalled how she staged her own protest.

“My mum had to be called into the school to make me go back into the classroom, because I sat on the playground. When you look at where we are now… it’s just crazy that that’s how it was then.”

Ms Butler’s daughters, who joined her to celebrate with the team on Monday, are keen footballers themselves.

Stamped mail to mark Euro 2022 win

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Royal Mail is joining the celebrations by putting congratulatory postmarks on stamped mail this week.

Jill Scott apologises to grandma for swearing

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Midfielder Jill Scott told BBC Radio 5 she has apologised to her grandma for swearing during the Euro 2022 final last night.

The camera caught her shouting expletives at a German player during the match, and although without sound, it was easy enough for viewers to lip read.

She told the BBC on Monday: “I did apologise to my Grandma for swearing, hopefully people understand that we wanted to win really badly.”

Changing of the Guard honour Lionesses

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The Army in London has said it will honour the Lionesses in Monday’s Changing of the Guard.

It said onlookers might notice some more “special football music being played in celebration, something to do with being ‘Champions’”.

Watch their ‘Sweet Caroline’ rendition from July 30:

Andrea McLean says Lionesses win will see ‘women in sport finally get the attention and finances they need’

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Andrea McLean has praised the England Lionesses following their historic win over Germany in the Euro 2022 final and declared it not just a proud moment for women in sport, but womankind in general.

Speaking to the Standard, the former Loose Women panellist said: “I cried! I never normally watch the football and even my mum was texting me saying ‘I never watch the football’ and I watched it all the way through and I cried, I was so ridiculously proud of them.

“And they were so gracious in their victory with Germany, reaching out and shaking hands, hugging each other, you know, true sportsmanship which is beautiful.

“All I kept thinking was they’ve set the bar, they’ve done it! Now finally, women in sport will get the attention and finances which is what they need and that meant so much.”

Lucy Bronze set to be awarded Freedom of Northumberland

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Lucy Bronze looks set to be awarded the Freedom of Northumberland after the Lioness' Euro 2022 victory.

Northumberland county councillor Guy Renner-Thompson wrote on social media: "I have proposed Lucy Bronze be granted the Freedom of Northumberland! This motion will be voted on at the September meeting of all councillors in the county."

The motion reads: "Following the magnificent victory of the Lionesses in Euro 2022 we would like to propose the Freedom of Northumberland is bestowed on Lucy Bronze."

The England defender was born in Berwick-upon-Tweed and went on to live on Holy Island, in Belford and in Alnwick.

Watch: Fans Celebrate After Lionesses Wins Women’s Euros 2022

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Millie Bright ‘still Killamarsh at heart'

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England defender Millie Bright is "still Killamarsh at heart", according to the chairman of the football club where she started, who said there is talk of an open-top bus tour of her village.

Mick Atherton said the whole population of Killamarsh, near Sheffield, was behind Bright, who began her football story with the under-12s at Killamarsh Dynamos as a 40-goal-a-season striker.

Bright and her fellow Lionesses beat Germany 2-1 after extra time in front of 87,000 supporters at Wembley Stadium on Sunday to win Euro 2022.

Mr Atherton said: "We all look at her with immense pride to see how far she's gone.

"It was clear from day one she was going to go on to bigger and better things.

"The whole village is proud of her. What she's achieved is fantastic."

He said: "She's still Killamarsh at heart, which is fantastic."

‘Spine-tingling Lionesses’ praised by chair of mother’s football team

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A woman who chairs a mothers' football team has said the Lionesses' Euro 2022 victory was a significant moment for her as she had been unable to play the sport at school.

Sally Butler, chairwoman of Stafford Soccer Mums FC, said she came from a generation where playing football at school "wasn't accepted, because I was a girl".

The 43-year-old recalled how she had staged her own protest at the age of nine.

She said: "I've always been a bit stubborn and didn't think it was very fair. My mum had to be called into the school to make me go back into the classroom, because I sat on the playground.

"When you look at where we are now ... it's just crazy that that's how it was then."

Williamson to get first freedom of new city of Milton Keynes

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England skipper Leah Williamson is to get the freedom of her home city after helping lead the Lionesses to Euro 2022 glory.

Having helped end the nation's 56-year wait to win international football silverware since the 1966 World Cup, Williamson will now be the first person to receive the Freedom of Milton Keynes since it became a city to mark the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

Council leader Pete Marland said: "Obviously, we are immensely proud that Leah is from Milton Keynes and I think it would be totally appropriate that the very first person to be given the Freedom of the new city of Milton Keynes is the first woman to lead a national side to international honours and is from MK.

"I have asked that the council start the process of bestowing the honour on her."

It comes after the 25-year-old defender, who was one of England's standout players of the tournament, captained the Lionesses to a 2-1 win over Germany after extra-time in the final at Wembley.

Mr Marland said: "The Lionesses are an inspiration to everyone and have shown that through teamwork, ability and hard work, anything is possible."

Pictured: Germany supporters gather in Frankfurt as team finished 2nd

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Live coverage ends

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That’s all from us today, but thank you for following our live coverage of the Lionesses’ celebrations.

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