Captain Leah Williamson says her England side have been a “game changer in this country” as they celebrate their historic Euro 2022 win.
They lifted the trophy and sang Sweet Caroline in front of thousands of fans in Trafalgar Square on Monday.
“We said we wanted to build on our legacy of winning and that’s what we did,” Williamson said.
“The legacy of the tournament has already been created before this last game – what we have done for women and young girls who can look up to us and aspire to be us.
“I think England hosted an incredible tournament and we changed the game in this country – and hopefully all of Europe and the world.”
The Football Association is now ready to interview manager Sarina Wiegman about extending his contract with England after Sunday’s success.
Dutchwoman Wiegman, whose contract with England currently runs until 2025, has now won back-to-back European Women’s Championships, having guided the Netherlands to the title in 2017.
“She will have a few weeks off. When she comes back we will have a conversation,” said Baroness Sue Campbell, head of women’s football at the FA.
“It will be like rocket fuel”
On the legacy of England’s Euro 2022 triumph, FA chairman Debbie Hewitt said: “We need to get girls across the country playing football in schools.
“Once they all have that opportunity to play in the schools and associate them with the clubs, then you will see that take off. It will be like rocket fuel, the impact of winning.”
Hewitt said the Premier League could play its part in supporting the legacy of Euro 2022 by continuing to invest in women’s football.
She said: “We had over 17 million viewers last night watching this game in this country. If you’re the Premier League. Why wouldn’t you want to enjoy it?”
England midfielder Fran Kirby has said she wants success at Euro 2022 to “become normal”.
“We want people to come and watch, and with sold-out crowds in this country and around the world, so hopefully we’ve played a big part in that and hopefully we can continue to grow it,” he said. said Kirby.
Ella Toone, who scored England’s first goal in the final, added: “That’s what we set out to do in this tournament – to make the nation proud, to fight for women and to involve young people too. girls and I think we did it for all the women in this world.”
“There will be expectations but we have an incredible team”
With the Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand less than a year away, expectations will be high for the new European champions.
“I think we should take the time to think about this one first, enjoy this one before we start thinking about it. [World Cup]“said Kirby.
“Of course there will be a lot of expectations about it, but we’ve got an amazing team, we’ve got an amazing manager, so yeah, we’re really excited.”
Defender Lucy Bronze said she was keen for the England team to get a star on their badge, which comes with winning the World Cup.
She said: “The Euros are fantastic, especially in our home country, but there’s a little star missing from our minute-to-minute crest on the England shirt. It’s definitely our mission to bring that star the low.”
Germany receives a warm welcome in Frankfurt
Thousands of fans welcomed beaten runners-up Germany to Frankfurt’s Romer Square on Monday.
Manager Martina Voss-Tecklenburg and her team spoke to supporters at Frankfurt City Hall.
Germany have an incredible record in the European Women’s Championship, winning it eight times in total, most recently in 2013.