Prince William has hailed England’s “sensational” win, as the Lionesses beat Germany in the Euro 2022 final.

The Lionesses claimed their first major trophy with a 2-1 win over their long-time rivals at Wembley on Sunday.

Chloe Kelly’s extra-time goal saw an England senior side life a major tournament trophy for the first time since the 1966 World Cup.

The Duke of Cambridge, who is president of the Football Association and presented Sarina Wiegman’s side with their medals, congratulated the team for their “sensational” win, tweeting: “An incredible win @lionesses and the whole nation couldn’t be prouder of you all.

Leigh Journal:

“Wonderful to see history in the making tonight at Wembley, congratulations! W.”

Following the game, pundits were keen to push for England’s achievement to be the start of something for women’s football in the country.

Ian Wright urged clubs to make it easier for fans to attend Women’s Super League games to build on the momentum generated by England’s win, adding: “The players want fans in those stadiums.

“They have to make it easier for them to get there. Why do I, as an Arsenal fan, have to be a member of all the WSL teams to go to an away game? They have to remove those barriers.”

Former England and Arsenal defender Alex Scott hailed the win as an “absolute dream” but was also keen to highlight how the women’s game had previously struggled for attention.

“Let’s just remember, back in 2018 we were begging people to host, in their stadiums, a women’s game for this Euros,” Scott said on BBC One.

“So many people said no. I hope you’re all looking at yourselves right now because you weren’t brave enough.

“I’m not standing up at corporate events in front of sponsors anymore begging for them to get involved in the women’s game, because, you know what? If you’re not involved then you’ve missed the boat, you’ve missed the train because it’s finally left the station and it is gathering speed.”

Scott said England’s win reminded her of the United States winning the World Cup in 1999, adding: “It changed the face of soccer, football in America forever. This is the moment in England.”