Move over Wimbledon, the real jewel of the British sporting summer is here | Jonathan Liew

The Ladies’s Euro 2022 kicks off on Wednesday with the hosts England among the many favourites in an open match

A curious sight appeared within the London skyline late on Monday night. Tower Bridge stands 43 metres excessive at its centre and for a number of moments its total span was emblazoned with a picture of England’s captain, Leah Williamson: bedecked in sensible England white, a ball at her toes. This was not an remoted phenomenon. Across the identical time large light-show Lionesses began popping up all around the capital: Lucy Bronze on Battersea Energy Station, Demi Stokes on the Thames Barrier, Keira Walsh on the façade of the Nationwide Gallery.

Coming two days earlier than the biggest women’s sporting event to be held in England, the symbolism was clear sufficient. For many years, these girls – and the 1000’s earlier than them – have scrapped and striven and suffered for the easy privilege of being seen. For the subsequent 25 days, as Sarina Wiegman’s team and their 15 rivals serve up a feast of soccer on prime-time tv, you could battle to keep away from them. Now – and with the best of respect to the Commonwealth Video games, Wimbledon and the remaining – comes the actual jewel of the British sporting summer season.

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