Lioness Chloe Kelly’s journey from injury to iconic sports bra celebration

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England have done it. It has finally come home.

The Lionesses roared to victory against their German rivals to win the final of the Women's Euros 2022.

Wembley hosted a full stadium, with over 87,000 fans cheering on the team. It was a record-breaking attendance, the biggest of the tournament's history.

In a physical game, with lots of fouls and tired legs, super-sub Chloe Kelly came on to score the winner and give England its first taste of international glory since 1966, sending fans into frenzy across the country.

We take a look at Chloe Kelly's journey from injury to THAT celebration and her mic drop interview.

Chloe Kelly's injury

England's new hero suffered a serious ACL injury last season, keeping her out of Great Britain's Olympic team.

Having scored 10 goals in last season's campaign for Manchester City, she looked a shoo-in to help compete for Gold.

Instead of competing at the Olympics, Chloe was in the Wembley stands as a fan, watching on as England's men's team lost out to Italy in that penalty shootout last year.

A year later, she scored the winner to bring home the trophy herself.

Chloe Kelly's winning goal

It was not pretty, but it did not matter.

The ball was pinging around the six-yard box following an England corner; Kelly was in the right place at the right time and stuck out a leg to poke it home.

Wembley erupted, but celebrations were on hold as the Lionesses waited for the goal to be confirmed – but when it was, the players went crazy.

Chloe Kelly's sports bra celebration

An iconic moment that will stay with the players, the fans and the sport for a long time: Chloe Kelly spinning her shirt round with pure elation, sports bra on show.

As author Lucy Ward put it on Twitter: "This image of a woman shirtless in a sports bra – hugely significant. This is a woman's body – not for sex or show – just for sheer joy of what she can do and the power and skill she has. Wonderful."

Chloe Kelly's mic drop interview

As if the goal and celebration was not enough of a mic drop, with 17 million people watching on TV, Chloe actually dropped the microphone in her interview before sprinting to celebrate with her teammates and the crowd, singing Sweet Caroline.

In her post-match interview, Kelly said: "Oh my god. Look at them. It's amazing, thank you every single person that's out to support us, this is unreal."

She then loudly joined in singing Sweet Caroline down the camera, before dropping the mic and joining her Euro championship-winning team.

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