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Seven in 10 Britons say England’s Euro-winning football heroines should get Downing Street reception

Honor the Lionesses! Seven in 10 Britons say England’s Euros-winning football heroines should get Downing Street reception

  • Seven in ten Britons think the Lionesses should get a Downing Street reception
  • England scored a 2-1 victory against Germany in Uefa Women’s Euro 2022 final
  • It was most-watched women’s football match ever with 17.4million UK viewers
  • Despite celebrations, no formal reception at Downing Street has been arranged

Seven in ten Britons think the England Lionesses should get a Downing Street reception following their 2-1 win against Germany on Sunday, according to research from pollster YouGov.

The Uefa Women’s Euro 2022 final between England and Germany was the most watched female soccer match ever in the UK, reaching a peak television audience of 17.4million on the BBC as well as 5.9 million streams online.

The hard fought match saw both women’s teams neck-on-neck with one goal each, until Chloe Kelly’s extra-time goal snatched the trophy for England.

The event has been hailed as a ‘stunning victory’ by PM Boris Johnson, while Labor leader Keir Starmer said the Lionesses have ‘inspired a generation of women and girls’.

Despite celebrations at their win, it has emerged that the England women’s football team will not be honored with a reception at 10 Downing Street.

Seven in ten Britons think the England Lionesses should get a Downing Street reception following their 2-1 win against Germany on Sunday

The Uefa Women's Euro 2022 final between England and Germany was the most watched female soccer match ever in the UK, reaching a peak television audience of 17.4million

The Uefa Women’s Euro 2022 final between England and Germany was the most watched female soccer match ever in the UK, reaching a peak television audience of 17.4million

Despite celebrations at their win, it has emerged that the England women's football team will not be honored with a reception at 10 Downing Street

Despite celebrations at their win, it has emerged that the England women’s football team will not be honored with a reception at 10 Downing Street

This is even though the England men’s cricket team post-Ashes win in 2005 and the men’s Rugby world cup victors in 2003 were given a formal audience at the Prime Minister’s residence.

Asked today, 71 per cent of Britons said they should get a reception at Downing Street to celebrate their achievement – according to a survey of over 3,000 people by YouGov.

Just 11 per cent said they should not, while the remaining 18 per cent had no opinion either way.

Greg Dyke, the former head of the Football Association has called the lack of a Downing Street reception for England’s victorious Lionesses ‘disappointing’ as Boris Johnson prepares to go on holiday from Wednesday until Sunday.

The event has been hailed as a 'stunning victory' by PM Boris Johnson, while Labor leader Keir Starmer said the Lionesses have 'inspired a generation of women and girls'

The event has been hailed as a ‘stunning victory’ by PM Boris Johnson, while Labor leader Keir Starmer said the Lionesses have ‘inspired a generation of women and girls’

There were major bus stops through London both in 2003 after England won the Rugby World Cup, and in 2005 when England’s cricketers won The Ashes. The same Ashes team also got a Downing Street reception, as did the one-day side when they won the World Cup in 2019.

Mr Dyke, the media executive and former FA chairman, told The Times: ‘I think it’s disappointing for the players. What they have achieved is incredible.’

Former sports minister Tracey Crouch said she would be ‘horrified’ if there was ‘nothing’ from No 10 after the England women’s football team were not given the victory bus parade through London after winning Euro 2022.

The Tory MP called on the two Tory leadership candidates, Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak, to ‘pledge to recognize the Lionesses at their earliest opportunity’ following the start of the PM’s break tomorrow.

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