Milton Keynes leaders call for England captain Leah Williamson to be given Freedom of the City

    City leaders are calling for Milton Keynes-born England captain Leah Williamson to be given Freedom of the City, following last night's victory.

    UPDATE - Leah Williamson to be first person given Freedom of the New City of Milton Keynes

    In a 2-1 victory against eight-time champions Germany, the Lionesses created history with the first major tournament title win for an England team since 1966.

    Wembley Stadium also saw a record breaking crowd of 87,192 fans - a record for any Euros game in men's or women's football.

    Now, city leaders are calling for the team captain, Milton Keynes-born Leah Williamson, to be given Freedom of the City.

    Williamson, who was born and raised in Newport Pagnell, plays for Arsenal and was named captain for the summer tournament earlier this year. 

    The England captain is now describing the feeling of winning as the proudest moment in her life.

    Read more: Euro 2022: England waking up as the champions of Europe after fairy-tale ending

    " I can't stop crying," she told the BBC. "We talk and we talk and we talk and we've finally done it. The kids are alright. It's the proudest moment of my life until the day I have kids so I'm going to lap it up.

    "I was told to make every second count because I'll be living it over and over, and I did that today. The legacy of this tournament is the change in society. We've brought people together and got them to games. This is the start of the journey.

    "Sorry I'm screaming but I love every one of you. I'm so proud to be English and I'm trying so hard not to swear."

    Milton Keynes has had several links to this year's Euros tournament, with Stadium MK hosting four games - including one of the all-important semi-final matches. The semi-final game's attendance of 27,445 at Stadium MK made it the biggest crowd to ever attend a UEFA Women’s EURO semi-final not involving the host nation.

    Milton Keynes was chosen as one of nine cities sitting front and centre hosting one of the biggest women’s European sport event in history.

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