Euros 2022: Ella Toone says England wish to make followers proud

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Ella Toone says England wish to hold making the followers proud with victory of their Euro 2022 semi-final.

The hosts will face both Sweden or Belgium at Bramall Lane on Tuesday after coming from behind to beat Spain within the quarter-final on Wednesday.

Substitute Toone scored an 84th-minute equaliser earlier than Georgia Stanway’s winner in additional time.

The midfielder says the sensation after her leveller was “most likely one of the best I’ve ever had in soccer”.

There have been 28,994 followers in attendance at Brighton’s Amex Stadium, and a peak television audience of 7.6 million watched on BBC One.

That was up on the 4 million who tuned in for the Lionesses’ 8-0 group-stage win in opposition to Norway, and Manchester United’s Toone says “it might be superb” to recreate related scenes within the semi.

“For all of us it might be superb to get that win within the semi-final,” mentioned the 22-year-old. “[The quarter-final] was actually particular in entrance of that crowd and each recreation we have performed has been superb, the atmospheres have been unbelievable.

“We’re so grateful for the followers that help us, whether or not that is within the stadium or at house, and we simply wish to hold making them proud.”

It has been introduced that the semi-final might be screened at Trafalgar Sq. in London, with a capability of 5,000 followers.

Toone added: “Hopefully we see everybody’s beers flying round and that they are having fun with the sport, and we’re simply making them proud, that is the primary factor, and we’re inspiring the subsequent era.

“Hopefully we are able to go on and placed on one other large efficiency.

“I believe we’re getting increasingly followers concerned, everybody’s simply loving it and having fun with it, and I am certain we’ll have much more followers supporting us within the semis.”

‘We’re a united nation’

The Lionesses have reached the semi-finals in every of their final three tournaments, whereas the lads went one step additional and completed as runners-up on the Euros final summer season.

Wednesday’s match-winner Stanway says a number of the gamers have obtained messages of help and recommendation from the England males’s group exhibiting “we’re positively a united nation”.

“We have got a number of messages off the lads, simply supporting us and prepared us all the way in which, saying they’re coming to the subsequent match,” mentioned Stanway, who has joined Bayern Munich after leaving Manchester Metropolis this summer season.

“We have had simply sure messages off Declan Rice, simply the lads that had been concerned final yr. They’re simply form of giving us recommendations on momentum, taking it ahead and simply the help actually.”

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