Nicola Sturgeon makes playful dig at 'England speak' after Lionesses clinch victory in Euro 2022

The Scottish First Minister congratulated England's Lionesses after their victory over Germany in the final of Euro 2022 on Sunday


England's Lionesses beat Germany 2-1 after extra time in front of 87,000 supporters at Wembley Stadium on Sunday.

Victory secures England's first major tournament title since 1966 – and the country is now coming together to celebrate.

Many were quick to congratulate Sarina Wiegman's heroes, including Prince William and the Queen.

And Ms Sturgeon was no different, offering her congratulations after the result was confirmed. It didn't stop her making a playful dig, though.

She tweeted: "Brilliant @lionesses. And just goes to show…when you want something done (or in [England] speak, ‘brought home’) ask the women!

"Many congratulations – well deserved champions! #WEURO2022 #Lionesses."

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon
Nicola Sturgeon congratulated England's Lionesses on Twitter
Nicola Sturgeon congratulated England's Lionesses on Twitter

Her dig came in the shape of her "brought home" comment, as she referred to the lyrics of Baddiel, Skinner and the Lightning Seeds' classic Three Lions track.

After its release in 1996, it has become an England football anthem and is regularly played at men's and women's fixtures.

But the famous "it's coming home" lyrics have often sparked criticism from supporters of other teams, not least in Ms Sturgeon's Scotland, for the "arrogant" connotations that football's "home" is England.

Italy defender Leonardo Bonucci, after beating the England men's team in the Euro 2020 final, joked about the song as he taunted Three Lions supporters with an "it's coming to Rome" chant.

And Croatia midfielder Luka Modric argued that the song served as motivation when his team beat England's men in the 2018 World Cup semi-final, arguing that the team and media are "arrogant".

Stopping short of an outright joke, Ms Sturgeon put "brought home" in quote marks, referred to it as "England speak" and included a wink emoji, making it a playful swipe at one of English football's most famous songs.

It came as Prince William was at Wembley to witness the Lionesses secure victory.

The Duke, who is president of the Football Association and presented Sarina Wiegman’s side with their medals, also congratulated the team for their “sensational” win.

In a rare personal tweet, he added: “An incredible win @lionesses and the whole nation couldn’t be prouder of you all.

“Wonderful to see history in the making tonight at Wembley, congratulations! W.”

England's Chloe Kelly (second left) celebrates with Ellen White (left) after scoring the winner
England's Chloe Kelly (second left) celebrates with Ellen White (left) after scoring the winner
England fans celebration the Lionesses' victory
England fans celebration the Lionesses' victory

The Queen also hailed England’s heroics win as “an inspiration for girls and women” across the nation.

In a message shared on the Royal Family Twitter account, the Queen said: “My warmest congratulations, and those of my family, go to you all on winning the European Women’s Football Championships.

“It is a significant achievement for the entire team, including your support staff.

“The Championships and your performance in them have rightly won praise. However, your success goes far beyond the trophy you have so deservedly earned.

“You have all set an example that will be an inspiration for girls and women today, and for future generations.

“It is my hope that you will be as proud of the impact you have had on your sport as you are of the result today.”