And, looking a little shabby after a long night of partying in honor of the celebration, England’s winning team and coaching staff took to the stage in London’s Trafalgar Square as the celebrations kicked off again.
But before the tunes and dance moves got serious – we’re looking at you, Mary Earps – some Freedom of London-winning players and manager Sarina Wigman spoke to Scott about how the Wembley Stadium win over Germany in the final meant for them the future of sports in the country.
Captain Leah Williamson, who acknowledged that the team had “more fun than we’ve played football in the last 24 hours,” said a victory played out in front of a record crowd of 87,192 in a European Championship final, for men or women, is only Start.
“The legacy of the tournament was created before the final,” Williamson said. “What we have done for the women and young girls who might aspire to be us.
“I think England have had an incredible tournament and we have changed the game in this country and hopefully all of Europe and the world. But we said we want to make our legacy victorious, and that’s what we’ve done.”
The 25-year-old actor added, “Dreams are turning into reality. I hope there is a generation that is inspired by us.”
“I didn’t stop dancing”
So much so that, according to the BBC, the finale was watched by a record audience of 17.4 million on British television.
And while breathtaking feats on the pitch have been breathtaking – from Ella Thun’s flashy chip to Chloe Kelly’s first international goal – the player’s personality and charisma have taken the country by storm.
Kelly turned down a BBC post-match interview to join her teammates in a performance of Neil Diamond’s classic “Sweet Caroline”, Jill Scott partyed all night and Earps sings “It’s Coming Home” while standing on the table from which Wigman gave her abs -Conference after the game: team members instantly became legends.
Kelly said she’s been on the move since the final whistle: “I haven’t stopped dancing, my legs just keep moving.”
And midfielder “Manchester City” Scott, who played for England in several unsuccessful international tournaments, she thanked for the support of the team.
“It was great to be part of this team. I train with the best players in the world and it’s very difficult for me to keep up with them. I am honored to play a role in this team.”
“Everyone who wore the shirt, everyone who believed in women’s football. We just wanted to be football, hopefully that’s how it’s perceived all over the world right now.”
And just before the second round of the party began, Bronze – wearing ski goggles, as is customary for team celebrations – said that despite her medal-rich career, there is one more on her wish list.
“I feel on top of the world, on top of Europe. Another trophy, but so far the best. There’s another one we can get next year.”