England’s European Champions did more than win a trophy – they galvanised the nation and gave a whole generation new role models.
So many moments from this glorious summer of women’s football will live long in the memory – Alessia Russo’s backheel, Georgia Stanway’s rocket, unsung hero Mary Earps’ saves, that celebration from Chloe Kelly, and of course the constant calm authority of Sarina Wiegman in the dugout.
But the true impact of this incredible team was felt off the pitch. In stadiums packed with the biggest crowds ever seen for a women’s tournament, and in living rooms across the country where the eyes of a generation of young girls were opened to new possibilities.
This was more than football coming home – this was football coming of age, heralding a future where the women’s and men’s game will one day stand equal.