‘Is that real?’ The enthusiastic reactions of Alex Scott and Ian Wright to England reaching the Euro 2022 final

Former England international Alex Scott was full of praise for the women’s national team as they beat Sweden 4-0 at Bramall Lane on Tuesday night to secure a place in the Euro 2022 final.

The Lionesses emerged from a back-and-forth in the first half, utterly dominating after the break and driving through their semi-final showdown, with end-of-game scenes celebrating fans and players alike with songs and the latter dancing on the pitch.

Speaking to BBC Sport after the final whistle, Scott also spoke about the enormity of the moment in reaching the biggest stage, while Ian Wright called for keeping the momentum to ensure the team’s past achievements could create a lasting “legacy”.

But for now, it’s the resilience and versatility of Sarina Wiegman’s side that should be commended, Scott said, after they put on a very different type of performance than what was required to beat Spain in the last round.

“Is that real? What England have shown during this tournament, which is absolutely to their benefit, is everything [of the game],” She said.

“You saw them get frustrated in their opening game, you saw them knock Norway down, you saw them end up on the ropes against Spain and today a pure and intelligent England making a way back into the game finds and sweeps Sweden away.

“There were different players in every single game in England.”

England will now play either France or Germany – with the second semi-final on Wednesday night – at Wembley, their first major tournament final since 2009.

That came at the Euros too, when Scott herself was a key player in the team starting the game that saw the Lionesses humiliated by Germany in Finland.

Over a decade later, it should be a much closer game no matter which side is England’s opponent, which Scott points out is a testament to just how much the domestic game has evolved.

“For this team to come to Wembley they create something special and deserve every accolade they are given.

“But [after] FA investment, everyone who has dealt with women’s football has been waiting for this moment. It’s something special.

“It’s hard for me not to get emotional at the moment because the investment that has gone into women’s football is so big for a moment.”

Former England striker Wright agreed the game deserved its moment of celebration and urged the nation to seize the chance to impact the future of the sport.

“If there is no legacy – like the Olympics – then what do we do? It’s prouder than I’ve ever felt in an English team,” he said.

“Whatever happens now in the final, if girls aren’t allowed to play football in their gym like boys can, what do we do then? We have to make sure they can play and get the opportunity to do so.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/alex-scott-ian-wright-england-euro-2022-b2131890.html ‘Is that real?’ The enthusiastic reactions of Alex Scott and Ian Wright to England reaching the Euro 2022 final

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