Sport: Euro final expected to draw in record crowds for Lionesses clash with Germany

Duke of Cambridge leads praise for Lionesses as team reach Euro 2022 final

  Duke of Cambridge leads praise for Lionesses as team reach Euro 2022 final France and Germany will compete to join England in the final.Goals from Beth Mead, Lucy Bronze, Alessia Russo and Fran Kirby means they will play at a sold-out Wembley Stadium on Sunday, while 7,000 fans will also celebrate in an expanded Trafalgar Square fan zone.

England’s highly-anticipated clash against Germany is expected to draw in the biggest home TV audience on record for a women’s football match.

Some 90,000 fans are due to fill Wembley Stadium – most hoping to watch the Lionesses secure the first major tournament title for an England team since 1966 – while millions more watch from homes, pubs and fan zones.

The record number of UK viewers for a women’s game is nine million, which was set during England’s semi-final defeat by the United States in the 2019 World Cup, according to the ratings organisation Barb.

Ahead of the 5pm kick-off on Sunday, an all-female RAF flypast will take to the skies.

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England players celebrate their second goal against Sweden in the semi-final on Tuesday (Danny Lawson/PA) © Provided by PA Media England players celebrate their second goal against Sweden in the semi-final on Tuesday (Danny Lawson/PA)

Flanked by two Typhoon fighter jets, a C-130 Hercules transport aircraft crewed by three women will soar over the north-west London arena.

Hoping to bring back the Championship silverware for the first time, the Lionesses are the underdogs against their eight-time Euro winning opponent, but will have huge support from the home crowd.


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Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tweeted his support for the team, as has Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer, who watched England’s 4-0 win over Sweden in the semi-final.

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  England fans flood internet with memes in support of Lionesses ahead of Euro final tonight Sainsbury's released a new billboard to cheer on the women's football team who will play their first championship final on home soil since the 80s at sold-out Wembley. They joined in the fun with a cryptic message to a classic football anthem which you can see below. If you are struggling to get it try sounding out the veg and fruit. While opticians Specsavers also went down the subtle route with an eye test saying 'It is actually coming home' in reference to England, who have never won the tournament, playing their first and last final at home in 1984.

Mr Johnson urged the Lionesses to “bring it home” alongside a photograph of England flags adorning Number 10.

England fans in the stands ahead of the Uefa Women’s Euro 2022 semi-final match at Bramall Lane (Danny Lawson/PA) © Provided by PA Media England fans in the stands ahead of the Uefa Women’s Euro 2022 semi-final match at Bramall Lane (Danny Lawson/PA)

He also told the team in a letter that they had inspired girls and women to “know beyond any shadow of a doubt that football is not just for boys”.

Sir Keir said his daughter was among those inspired by the team.

He said: “As a parent, I know how vital it is to see strong, successful role models in sport.

“What you and your team have accomplished this summer will not just be celebrated as a great moment for English football but as one that encouraged and inspired young women like my own daughter.”

For those watching at Wembley, the main road up to the stadium will be a no drinking zone due to the chaos which overshadowed last year’s men’s final.

Thousands of ticketless fans forced their way into the stadium ahead of England v Italy in summer 2021 – though this year’s final is expected to attract a different audience.

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