England Women became the first senior national side to reach the semi-finals of a World Cup since 1990 after seeing off hosts Canada in Vancouver and Social Media was understandably awash with praise.
Two first-half strikes for Mark Sampson’s Lionesses in three madcap minutes did the damage, and although their hosts pegged them back shortly before the break, England held onto set up a last-four date with holders Japan.
England are still the 8/1 outsiders left in the draw which features traditional Women’s powerhouses Germany and USA in the other clash, but for now the girls can rightly soak up some praise for breaking their quarter-finals hoodoo.
The official England football feed caught some of England’s triumphant stars in jubilant mood after the match
— England (@england) June 28, 2015
Manager Mark Sampson is clealry proud of the historic nature of his side’s achievements
— Mark Sampson (@Mark_Sampson) June 28, 2015
This congratulatory tweet from men’s skipper Wayne Rooney received much re-tweet and favourite love
England women doing the country proud. Huge congratulations on reaching the semi finals
— Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) June 28, 2015
Football journalist Barney Ronay believes this win will inspire the next generation of girls
Great thing about success of the England women is it's going to inspire girls to play and give those who already do a massive boost
— Barney Ronay (@barneyronay) June 28, 2015
Even before a ball had been kicked England Women’s rugby team left this good luck message
— England Rugby (@EnglandRugby) June 27, 2015
Sticking with a rugby theme and former World Cup winner Lewis Moody is also offering his support
Well done @england women, great win yesterday looking forward to the semi.
— Lewis Moody (@LewisMoody7) June 28, 2015
Bleacher Report can’t resist a pop at the men’s efforts from last summer as a comparison
— Bleacher Report UK (@br_uk) June 28, 2015
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Youtube and twitter football commentator The True Geordie post something of a similar ilk
Well done to the England women! Showing the lads how it's done getting to a World Cup Semi Final! pic.twitter.com/8zkIUCAyUe
— The True Geordie (@TrueGeordieNUFC) June 28, 2015
British Olympic boxer Anthony Ogogo was clearly one of those who didn’t stay up until the wee hours to see
the girls win…
— Anthony Ogogo (@AnthonyOgogo) June 28, 2015
Daily Mail football correspondent Mike Keegan was another to jump on twitter with his morning coffee
What brilliant news to wake up to. Go on @england women!
— Mike Keegan (@MikeKeegan_DM) June 28, 2015
Sports Hub lead with this brilliant picture of England celebrating their second goal
— SportsHUB (@BTSportsHUB) June 28, 2015
Sky Sports broadcaster Hayley Mcqueen clocks in for her SkySports News shift with this supportive message
— Hayley McQueen (@HayleyMcQueen) June 28, 2015
….and finally, this superb picture posted by The Telegraph at the final whistle sums up the
celebratory mood perfectly
— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 28, 2015
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