England Women

Leah Williamson wants England's Euro 2022 legacy to create 'change in society'

Sean Walsh
Williamson captained England to international victory
Williamson captained England to international victory / Shaun Botterill/GettyImages
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England captain Leah Williamson believes that the legacy of the Lionesses' Euro 2022 win will help create 'a change in society'.

Sarina Wiegman's women won Sunday's final 2-1 against Germany in front of a record-breaking Wembley crowd. Ella Toone's wonderful dink was cancelled out by a Lina Magull strike, before Chloe Kelly scored the winner in extra-time.

Speaking to BBC Sport after lifting the trophy as skipper, Williamson was full of pride, beginning: "I just can't stop crying!"

"With something like this, we talk and we talk and we talk, and we finally did it! We did it on the pitch and I'll tell you what, the kids are alright!

"It's the proudest moment of my life - until the day I have kids I suppose! I'm going to lap it up. Every piece of advice I got was take every single second of it in because you're going to want to relive it over and over. I'll be reliving that for a long time."

A record number of people visited this summer's finals, while the 87,192 crowd made it the most attended European Championship fixture - in both the men's and women's games - of all time.

The Lionesses inspired a nation and Williamson wants this victory to be legacy-defining on and off the pitch.

"Listen, the legacy of this tournament is a change in society. It's everything that we've done, we've brought everybody together, we've got people at games, we want them to come to WSL games. But the legacy of this team is 'winners' and that's the start of this journey," she said.


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