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England Lionesses’ captain made history at Euro 2022 while wearing a Stonewall rainbow armband

Jonny Yates August 1, 2022
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England's Leah Williamson wore Stonewall's rainbow captain armband during the Euros 2022.

England's Leah Williamson wore Stonewall's rainbow captain armband during the Euros 2022. (Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

England’s Lionesses have made history becoming Euro 2022 champions while supporting LGBTQ+ rights.

They brought home the first major trophy for an England senior football team in 56 years, after a 2-1 victory against Germany in the final.

A first goal came from Ella Toone, while the second came from substitute Chloe Kelly, in the 110th-minute in front of a record crowd of 87,192 at Wembley Stadium.

The team were led by captain, Leah Williamson who has repped a rainbow armband throughout the tournament, in support of LGBTQ+ rights.

The rainbow ‘Captain’ armband is from Stonewall and fans of the Lionesses can get the exact same one as Williamson.

It’s available from the Stonewall website and costs £11, with all profits from sales funding the charity’s vital work for LGBTQ+ equality in Britain and around the world.

 

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The England women’s national team includes a number of out and proud LGBTQ+ players.

One of those is Beth Mead, who after missing out on the Tokyo Team GB squad, received the Golden Boot award at the 2022 Euros.

She scored six goals throughout the tournament, and assisted with five, and also won the Player of the Tournament award.

Other players include Rachel Daly, Jess Carter, Demi Stokes, Fran Kirby, Bethany England and Jill Scott.

During last year’s men’s Euros, England’s Jordan Henderson scored his first ever international goal while wearing rainbow laces.

In the build-up to the tournament there had been a number of controversies, from UEFA investigating whether German captain Neuer’s rainbow armband was “political” to a blocking of Munich’s Allianz Arena from lighting up in rainbow colours as a statement against a new anti-LGBT+ law in Hungary.

The simple gesture from the midfielder didn’t go unnoticed by football fans who wrote on social media that “this is what an ally looks like”.

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How to get the Nike ‘Home’ t-shirts

Another notable moment from the team’s celebrations were the t-shirts and flags repped by England Lionesses.

The white t-shrits and flags featured the word ‘home’ in big bold, red letters alongside Nike’s Swoosh logo.

Fans on social media were quick to ask where they could get their hands on them, but at the moment they’re unavailable on the Nike website.

The merch is, of course, referencing the England anthem “Three Lions”, which was released in 1996 and features the lyrics, “It’s coming home”.

Since its release the lyrics have become a popular chant among fans watching the game – and the Lionesses made history after finally bringing it home.

Hopefully due to demand, Nike will release the t-shirts for fans to buy, so keep checking the Nike London socials, Nike website and in-store.

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