'What dreams are made of': How world reacted to England's Euro win as Queen sends heartfelt message

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'What dreams are made of': How world reacted to England's Euro 2022 victory over Germany - AP
'What dreams are made of': How world reacted to England's Euro 2022 victory over Germany - AP

England made history by beating Germany 2-1 to win the Women's European Championship at Wembley, with match-winner Chloe Kelly describing it as 'what dreams are made of' as the Queen sent her congratulations.

The Lionesses ended 56 years of national hurt thanks to Kelly's extra-time winner in front a record crowd of 87,192.

"Oh my god, it's amazing, thank you every single person who supported us, this is unreal," she said before rushing off to join the celebrations.

Coming back moments later, she added: "This is what dreams are made of. As a young girl watching women's football, it's unbelievable."

Kelly only returned from a serious knee injury in April but had no doubts about her recovery. She added: "Thank you for everyone who played a part in my rehab. I always believed I'd be here, but to be here and score the winner, wow. These girls are amazing. This is amazing, I just want to celebrate now."

England's maiden success has been masterminded by Sarina Wiegman, who has now won back-to-back European Championships after her 2017 success with the Netherlands.

The Dutchwoman said: "We won the cup. It is unbelievable. It is incredible. If you really want to win and become better every single day, that is what I have noticed, and it is incredible, they want to do it together.

"We agreed on a couple of things about behaviour and they weren't just words, we lived it. The game was so tight, there was a little bit of fight in there, but who cares, we won 2-1. We are European champions.

"We broke through barriers against Spain and we had to do it again. I don't have any secrets. I don't think I have realised what is going on, I need some time."

Speaking about England's achievement, Ian Wright added: "Look at this team and everything they've gone through. I can't put into words. Women's football is getting exactly what they deserve. I can't believe it, I'm still a bit shocked by it."

England veteran Jill Scott said: "I can't believe it! It's such a privilege to be part of this incredible group of staff and players - and all the fans... what a day.

"The younger players have been absolutely fantastic and playing with freedom - I'm so grateful to be part of this.

"The celebrations are going to be massive. I don't think I'm going to sleep this week."

Royal seal of approval

England men's captain Harry Kane

Echos of Chastain in Kelly celebrations

Kelly's celebrations had already caught the eye before the full-time whistle after she whipped off her shirt and ran away in delirium, waving her shirt above her head in a similar fashion to American Brandi Chastain's iconic move after scoring the USA's winning penalty in the 1999 Women's World Cup final.

England's striker Chloe Kelly celebrates after scoring her team second goal - AFP
England's striker Chloe Kelly celebrates after scoring her team second goal - AFP
Compared to Brandi Chastain's own shirtless celebration in 1999 - AP
Compared to Brandi Chastain's own shirtless celebration in 1999 - AP

Chastain, herself, wasted no time in acknowledging the moment, taking to Twitter before the full-time whistle at Wembley: