William and Kate hail Lionesses’ dramatic late roar as London plans ‘fan party’


he Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have congratulated the Lionesses of England on their ‘great comeback’ after reaching the semi-finals of the European Women’s Championship in spectacular fashion.

England had to come from behind to beat pre-tournament favorites Spain in extra time and will now face either Sweden or Belgium in Sheffield on Tuesday night. William and Kate praised the team’s heroism, tweeting, “Great performance and Lionesses comeback, brilliant teamwork!”

The Lionesses’ success in Brighton has sparked renewed interest and the semi-final will now be shown live on giant screens in Trafalgar Square, with free access for up to 5,000 fans.

After the final whistle on Wednesday night, the team celebrated on the pitch with striker Ellen White delighting a young girl in the crowd by handing her her shirt.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said the Trafalgar Square screening – said to be the biggest in the country – was organized because of the Lionesses’ “incredible performances”. Admission will be on a “first come, first served” basis.

England won all three of their group games without conceding but fell behind last night when Esther Gonzalez scored for Spain shortly after the break.

They trailed and faced an exit from the tournament until the 84th minute when substitute Ella Toone appeared with an equalizer. Georgia Stanway then struck the winner in the first half of extra time from outside the box, sending Brighton Stadium into a frenzy.

The Lionesses are now among the favorites to lift the trophy. Mr Khan said: “As a huge football fan, I was blown away by the incredible performances of Ellen White, Lauren Hemp, Beth Mead and our wonderful team.

“With Euro fever gripping the country, I’m delighted that thousands of Londoners and visitors can gather and cheer the team to glory on Tuesday night.”

In order to assess the application, fans are invited to register their interest at before 5pm on Monday. Registration does not guarantee entry but will ensure that fans receive updates on the event and will help the Mayor’s office schedule the screening.

From Saturday, Trafalgar Square will turn into an official UEFA fan party. The free event, which will be open daily until July 31, will include a pop-up football pitch featuring exhibition games and football-themed activities. The plaza will also host a free screening of the final on July 31.

The semi-final will kick off at Bramall Lane in Sheffield at 8pm on Tuesday.

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