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When Chloe Kelly scored the decisive goal for the Lionesses against Germany and threw away her jersey, it evoked memories of American footballer Brandi Chastain’s iconic World Cup victory celebration.
“I see you,” Chastain tweeted to Kelly after the superb extra-time goal. “Enjoy free pint and dinner rounds for the rest of your life across England.”
In an interview with Sky News, Chastain, who took off his jersey after scoring the decisive penalty for the United States in the 1999 World Cup final, praised the team’s “huge achievement” and said said she had “a big smile on my face” when she saw Kelly twirling her top around her head in celebration.
“I’ve been a huge fan of watching the Euros this year and just seeing the amount of talent in this tournament has been phenomenal,” she said.
“Knowing that 90,000 people sat down at Wembley to watch women’s football is obviously a huge achievement for all those players and when I saw the celebration, of course, a big smile on my face and the thought of how his life and the lives of all of these players for England will change immediately has brought me great joy.”
Speaking of her famous victory celebration in July 1999, which became a defining moment for women’s football, Chastain said at the time that “there was mostly joy and mostly acceptance”, but a few reviews.
But she said it “opened her up to a wonderful conversation about the importance, the validity and the need for women’s football to belong on the big stage”.
Asked how the England women’s team can capitalize on their win going forward, she said ‘being at the top is very difficult’.
“Winning a tournament like they just did is incredibly exhausting and complete.
“So moving forward is probably going to be as difficult as winning this game, but the fact that they’ve done it now is a feather in your hat that nobody can take away from you.”
She added: “For them to be able to know it’s possible gives great confidence to move forward.
“And what that will have done for the countless tens and possibly hundreds of thousands of young girls in England is to give them the dream that this is possible for them.
“And now the future of the women’s league in England and around the world will see that what we are doing is absolutely dignified and acceptable and we can now all move forward. So winning England is good for everyone. world. It’s incredibly powerful.”
Chastain also offered her advice to the women’s team, telling them to go forward “with great humility and spread the joy of teamwork and the determination and hard work it took to get there. to arrive”.
She urged them to “stay grounded and stay in the moment of hard work.”
“And I hope every single one of those players will take a break and really appreciate what they’ve achieved because it’s really phenomenal, and I applaud every single one of them and say well done to them,” she said. declared.
“As I said in the tweet I sent to Chloe Kelly and about the goal Ella Toone scored, we see you and we see the greatness you are. Keep doing and being who you are. are and show the world of football that you can play too.”
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