The Duke of Cambridge pays tribute to the lionesses after winning the semi-finals of Euro 2022

The Duke of Cambridge said “the whole country is so proud” of the England women’s football team after their 4-0 semi-final win over Sweden secured them a spot in the Euro 2022 final.

Ilyam, president of the Football Association (FA), shared words of encouragement after the Lionesses beat Sweden, the top-ranked team in the UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 tournament, on Tuesday.

Goals from Beth Meade, Lucy Bronze, Alessia Russo and Fran Kirby mean they will face France or Germany at Wembley Stadium on Sunday to a sold-out crowd.

In a message from The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s @KensingtonRoyal Twitter account, William said: “Congratulations to @Lionesses for reaching the #WEURO2022 final on Sunday.

“The whole country is so proud of everything you have achieved. We believe in you and will be with you until the end! AT.”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson also congratulated manager Sarina Wigman’s team on their historic feat by tweeting a Union Jack flag emoji and adding: “To Wembley!

“Fantastic result for captain @leahcwilliamson and @Lionesses today against Sweden.

“Come on, England, bring him home.”

Nadine Dorries, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sports, tweeted: “Unbelievable. What a match. These English women are simply incredible.

“Take Sunday! #HisReturnHome”

Fans celebrated in Trafalgar Square after the final whistle.

Sam Deuce, 24, who lives in London and works in the telecommunications industry, said: “It was great to see the much-anticipated support for the women’s team.”

Leicester’s Claudia Bruce, 24, said the win was “huge”, adding that “women’s football has never received such support”.

Leicester’s Alice Potts, 24, added: “Russo’s back-heel goal was phenomenal.”

Mark Cording, 37, of Edgware, north London, said their semi-final victory was “absolutely fantastic”, adding: “It’s a dream come true to see the girls make it to the final.”

He told the PA news agency: “Whoever makes it to the final, Germany or France – maybe Germany, they need to play to their limits.

“I wish them good luck on Sunday and I will be behind them left, right and center.”

England’s victory at Bramall Lane was greeted with a “football coming home” chorus in Sheffield city centre.

Approximately 2,000 fans gathered on the city’s Devonshire Green to watch the number of goals on the huge screen soar.

Chesterfield’s Jamie Ferreday, 27, said: “Honestly, I think this is England’s best win in a century.

“I think it’s really a homecoming. We beat Sweden, the best team of the tournament. Who do we fear now?

“I didn’t think it would be this good. England usually makes us sweat.”

Ali Parkin, 19, from Sheffield, said it was too much.

“I can’t handle it,” Ms. Parkin said.

“I thought we would win, but maybe by one goal difference in extra time, but not in this one. I can not believe this.”