English jubilation after the Lions’ triumph at the Euros against Germany

Les Anglais en liesse après le sacre des Lionnes à l’Euro contre l’Allemagne

Jill Lawless, Associated Press

LONDON – The cup is back home.

England won their first major soccer title in half a century on Saturday. The fact that it’s the women’s roster, not the men’s, that ended decades of frustration makes the moment all the sweeter for some supporters.

Crowds cheered at Wembley Stadium, outdoor broadcast areas, bars and trade shows across the country after the final whistle that sealed England’s 2-1 victory over Germany in extra time.

It was the first Euro win for an English team and the first major title for the Three Lions – men’s and women’s – since 1966.

In London’s Trafalgar Square, supporters sang “It’s Coming Home” — a reference to the English song “Three Lions” and its refrain “Football is Coming Home” — and threw themselves into the fountains to celebrate.

“I’m so happy,” said 24-year-old Becca Stewart. After all these years, it shows that women’s football is something close to our hearts and something to be excited about. We did it – men couldn’t, but we did!

At Wembley, the crowd broke out into popular sports tune ‘Sweet Caroline’ by Neil Diamond.

“The girls finally brought the football home,” noted Mary Kane, who was in the stands with her eight-year-old daughter. “We are delighted. It is a historic moment. It was magical here, a defining moment for the advancement of women’s sport.

Whatever the result, the Lions have strengthened a nation and taken interest in women’s sport in the UK to a new level.

Their success served as an antidote to the UK’s political problems and the rising cost of living, which was affecting food and fuel.

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The final was played in front of a record crowd of 87,000 at Wembley after receiving unprecedented media coverage for the tournament, drawing huge television ratings. More than nine million people watched England’s 4-0 semi-final win over Sweden last week.

Before Sunday, no team from the United Kingdom – England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland – had won a major tournament since the English men’s team were crowned champions of the 1966 World Cup against Germany.

The English drought was broken last summer when the men’s team lost the final of the men’s Euros to Italy in a penalty session.

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