HRH The Duke of Cambridge leads praise for the Lionesses

Sunday 28 Jun 2015
Prince William met the Lionesses before they set off for Canada

HRH The Duke of Cambridge led the praise for the England Women's team after their historic 2-1 victory against Canada.

The Lionesses beat the host nation of the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup to book their place in the semi-finals in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The Duke, who is also President of The FA, was quick to congratulate Mark Sampson's side on going further than ever before.

He said: "Congratulations to both the English and Canadian teams for such a great game in the Women's World Cup quarters.

"As President of the FA I'm thrilled to see the England women progress to the semis for the first time.


England celebrate as the referee blows for full-time

"This team is making history and I can't wait to see them in action against Japan.

"I know a lot of people have been following the team's progress and I'm sure many more will now seize the chance to support this great moment for English football.

"The Lionesses are doing their country proud."

The royal seal of approval was not the only high praise Sampson’s side woke up to on Sunday morning.

Former England captain David Beckham added his own words of admiration.

He posted: "Girls what a performance .. We are so proud of what you have achieved and the passion you have shown gives us so much pride.... Our lionesses roar into the semi's GB @england."

A shirt fit for a princess

England Women's Team presented The Duke with a special shirt back in May

From past to present, current skipper Wayne Rooney added: “England women doing the country proud. Huge congratulations on reaching the semi finals."

His team-mate Jack Wilshere tweeted: "Well done girls, what a performance! ~Lionesses @england."

The words of encouragement did not only come from the world of football, either.

England hockey international Alex Danson wrote: "Just amazing....congratulations @CaseyStoney and the #lionesses. Belief in buckets with skills to match #godothis #semifinals."

“England women doing the country proud. Huge congratulations on reaching the semi finals”

Wayne Rooney 

Former heptathlete Kelly Sotherton tweeted: "Go to sleep wake up & my 2 buddies @laurabassett6 & @karenjcarney only gone & got themselves into a World Cup semi final.Cheeky. #Lionesses".

Two people that know what it is like to reach the pinnacle of their profession, Dame Kelly Holmes and Rugby World Cup winner Lewis Moody. also got involved.

"Big shout out to @england #Lionesses for getting to the semi of #FIFAWWC. Fantastic news," wrote double Olympic champion Dame Kelly Holmes.

While Moody said: "Well done @england women, great win yesterday looking forward to the semi."

England take on world champions Japan in the FIFA World Cup semi-final at 00.30am on Thursday. Coverage starts on BBC One at midnight.

By Jamie Reid Senior Writer