Lionesses make first public appearance after team reach Euro 2022 final

The England women's football team have made their first public appearance since their 4-0 Euro 2022 semi-final win over Sweden.

The Lionesses gave a jubilant wave as they appeared outside their London hotel following the match that put them into the final.

"We want to inspire the nation. I think that's what we're doing," said head coach Sarina Wiegman, who will lead her players out at Wembley Stadium on Sunday.

"And we want to make a difference, so we hope that we got everyone so enthusiastic and that at the end the whole country is proud of us and that even more girls and boys will start playing football."

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England will now face either Germany or France, who play on Wednesday in Milton Keynes.

It marks the first time since 2009 that the Lionesses are through to a major final.

They have never won a World Cup or Euros trophy in their history.

Goals from Beth Mead, Lucy Bronze, Alessia Russo and Fran Kirby secured the famous win against Sweden, which prompted celebrations up and down the country.

England men's captain Harry Kane tweeted: "Yesss @Lionesses! Bring on the final."

England's leading goalscorer of all time, Wayne Rooney, wrote: "What a performance by @Lionesses tonight. A well deserved #WEURO2022 final coming up. Congratulations to all the players and staff."

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Prince William, president of the Football Association, tweeted: "Congratulations @Lionesses on making it to the #WEURO2022 final on Sunday.

"The entire country is so proud of everything you're achieving. We believe in you and will be with you all the way! W."

Prime Minister Boris Johnson also congratulated the team, tweeting a flag emoji and adding: "On to Wembley!

"A fantastic result for captain @leahcwilliamson and the @Lionesses tonight against Sweden. Come on England, bring it home."

And the Lionesses' own Twitter account posted: "SEE YOU AT WEMBLEY."