‘Hope you win’ – Lioness boosted by royal support from William and Charlotte


England have been bolstered by support from the Duke of Cambridge and his daughter in a video message ahead of the Euro 2022 final against Germany.

The Lionesses, who have been widely praised for encouraging more girls to play football, received a “best of luck” message from William while seven-year-old Princess Charlotte said: “I hope You will win.”

It echoes support from Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who thanked the team for creating “a summer of wonderful memories for millions”, Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer, and England men’s team captain Harry Kane.

The Euro final is expected to attract the largest domestic TV audience on record for a women’s football match, with a packed Wembley Stadium and millions watching across the country.

In a sweet 10-second video message with his daughter, William said: “We both want to wish Sherri the best of luck tonight.

“You’ve excelled in the competition and we’re rooting for you all the way.”

Charlotte, sitting next to him, said: “Good luck, I hope you win. Goodbye”.

In a letter to manager Serena Wegman, captain Leah Williamson and the England team, the Prime Minister wished the team “the very best” in the final “on behalf of the whole country”.

England fans stand before the UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 semi-final match at Birmall Lane (Danny Lawson/PA) / PA Wire

He said: “Your passion for the game, your fortitude in difficult places and most of all your amazing skills on the pitch have brought back wonderful memories for millions of us.

“You can see it in sold-out stadiums, in packed fan zones, in toddlers dancing wildly to Sweet Caroline and in TV viewership figures that would have fallen records almost as comprehensively. Seen like the Swedish defense did in the semi-final.”

Mr Johnson added that whatever the result on Sunday, “the pitches and the playing fields and the parks” around Britain would be “fuller than ever before with girls and women who know beyond a shadow of a doubt that football It’s not just for boys.”

Meanwhile, Labor leader Sir Kerr, who watched England’s 4-0 win over Sweden on Tuesday, said his daughter was among those impressed by the team.

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

“What you and your team have achieved this summer will not only be celebrated as a great moment for English football but it has inspired and inspired young women like my own daughter. “

Harry Kane said he would be among the spectators at Wembley.

In a video posted on Twitter, the England captain said: “Hi Lioness, just wanted to wish you all the best for today’s match against Germany.

“It’s going to be an incredible experience, an incredible atmosphere at Wembley.

“I can’t wait to be there myself, so I wish you the best.

“Good luck, go get that win, the whole country is behind you.

Hoping to bring back Championship silverware for the first time, the Lionesses are underdogs against their eight-time Euro-winning rivals, but will be backed by a strong home crowd.

Around 90,000 fans are due to fill Wembley Stadium – many looking to see the Lionesses win the first major tournament title for any England team since 1966 – while millions more watch from homes, pubs and fan zones.

According to ratings organization Barb, the UK record audience for a women’s game is nine million, which was set during England’s semi-final defeat by the United States at the 2019 World Cup.

Ahead of Sunday’s 5pm kick-off, an all-female RAF flypast will take to the skies over the north-west London field.

Along with two Typhoon fighters, a C-130 Hercules transport aircraft will have a crew of three women.

For those watching at Wembley, the main road to the stadium will not be for drinking due to the chaos that overshadowed last year’s men’s Euro 2020 final.

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