Men’s football boom offers roadmap and warning for women’s game | Jonathan Liew

Within the glow of Euro 2022 victory, ought to girls’s soccer aspire to be one thing comparable but very completely different to the lads’s sport?

Jill Scott didn’t sleep a wink. She sauntered off the Wembley pitch, went straight into what was – by all accounts – a protracted and messy evening of celebrations, after which merely bowled out of the staff lodge on Monday morning to affix the victory parade in London. Maybe, for a stalwart midfielder who had simply tasted victory in her tenth and really presumably final worldwide match, she was fearful that if she slept she would possibly ultimately must get up.

And for a glowing however hungover nation, there stays a sure surreal dreamlike high quality to the events at Wembley Stadium on Sunday night. The actual fact of victory was startling sufficient: a primary main worldwide trophy for 56 years in both the lads’s or the ladies’s sport, clinched on the candy inexperienced grass of dwelling. The way of victory was extra startling nonetheless: a successful aim within the one hundred and tenth minute in opposition to the eight-time champions Germany, a lead skilfully and cynically sequestered within the closing minutes with a show of time-wasting and gamesmanship that proved past doubt that the English can shithouse with the easiest.

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