England players partied into the early hours of Monday morning, dancing to ABBA and Celine Dion as they celebrated winning Euro 2022.
The Lionesses lifted the trophy at Wembley on Sunday night after beating Germany in the final to lift their first-ever major trophy in women’s football.
After that, the players partied in the dressing room before continuing the celebrations at their team hotel, The Lensbury, in south-west London.
Once there, the players were reunited with their families and toasted their success before partying until the wee hours of Monday morning.
“Everyone was dancing, beers were flying everywhere, there’s abba, Celine Dion,” said Ella Toone, describing the dressing room at Wembley.
“The whole bus back to the hotel was partying. Everyone was everywhere on tables, chairs, in the alleys.
“We had post-match pizzas, they treated us to canapes [at The Lensbury]. I didn’t have any. I had some pizza and just Heineken beer.
“The paparazzi greeted us as we got off the bus. As soon as we entered the hotel, all of our family and friends were there. All my friends were there. It was just crazy.
“There were balloons, a big cake, a dance floor, a DJ, a band, honestly everything. Everyone was on the dance floor. We couldn’t see the whole dance floor, it was so slippery everywhere.
“Céline Dion, a bit of Abba and Dreams of Gabrielle [were the tracks of the night].”
Several of the England players arrived at Monday’s celebration in Trafalgar Square wearing sunglasses and defender Lucy Bronze admitted the party went on late into the morning.
“The last message I sent on my phone was at four in the morning. It didn’t make much sense,” she said.
“And then we all had to get up at half past eight to have a meeting and then come here.
“I think there were a lot of tears [last night], there was a lot of heart to heart. I think everyone’s mum and dad, as well as their siblings and cousins, have spoken to every player on the team.
“It was like everyone’s family wanted to thank everyone else on the team for making their daughter’s or sister’s dream come true. It was amazing.
“It was a brilliant night and I probably have as many memories of the night as the game.
“I’m not going to lie, my nephew did very well! He followed everyone, he went on the dance floor a little until two o’clock in the morning – and then it was his two-year-old party over!
“He thought he was wearing a medal because he was wearing a lanyard with a picture of his Aunt Lucy on it! He told everyone it was his medal, which is pretty cool.
“I think Sarah [Wiegman] found it difficult to follow English habits. She had some comments this morning!
“I tried to get her a beer before she started the meeting. [this morning]and she was like, “Please don’t, Lucy.”
“We liquidated her, but it’s something she’ll have to get used to now that she’s an honorary Englishwoman.
“She will have to practice [drinking beer]. I hope we can have more nights like this. So she’s going to need it!