England’s victory in the European Under-21 Championship captured the nation as prominent figures took to social media to offer their congratulations.
Curtis Jones’ first-half goal, coupled with goalkeeper James Trafford’s stoppage-time penalty save, ensured the Young Lions lifted the trophy for the first time in 39 years as they edged out Spain 1-0.
Here, the PA news agency looks at some of the tributes as the likes of Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and senior men’s captain Harry Kane joined in the celebrations.
FA chief executive Mark Bullingham was among the first to applaud the Young Lions, with other governing bodies quick to follow
“Everybody connected with the group should feel a great sense of pride for the part they’ve played in leading this age group to the trophy for the first time since 1984.”
— The FA (@FA) July 8, 2023
— Professional Footballers’ Association (@PFA) July 8, 2023
Didn’t concede a single goal
— #U21EURO (@UEFAUnder21) July 8, 2023
Political figures were also caught up in the excitement
They’ve done it! Congratulations @England U21s on becoming European champions
And to go a whole tournament without conceding – James Trafford take a bow https://t.co/DdQtuO1cbZ
— Rishi Sunak (@RishiSunak) July 8, 2023
Congratulations to Lee Carsley & the whole England team on a brilliant victory at the U21 Euros – our first in 39 years!
The future looks bright for English football & we’re all rooting for the Lionesses in Australia & New Zealand in the weeks ahead ! https://t.co/n5nN1zt8xd
— Lucy Frazer (@lucyfrazermp) July 8, 2023
England stars past and present were delighted with the win
Yesss lads! What a win! Done the country proud https://t.co/qFevPqhfWe
— Harry Kane (@HKane) July 8, 2023
GET IN THERE!