England skipper Leah Williamson is to receive the freedom of her home city after helping lead the Lionesses to Euro 2022 glory.

The 25-year-old Arsenal player, who hails from Milton Keynes, helped the Three Lions end their 56-year wait to win a competitive tournament, as the Lionesses defeated Germany 2-1 in the Euro 2022 final at Wembley Stadium on July 31.

The victory came 56 years and one day after England beat West Germany 4-2 at the home of football to secure the 1966 World Cup. 

For her efforts, it has been reported that she will now be the first person to receive the Freedom of Milton Keynes since it became a city to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

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Council leader Pete Marland said: “Obviously, we are immensely proud that Leah is from Milton Keynes and I think it would be totally appropriate that the very first person to be given the Freedom of the new city of Milton Keynes is the first woman to lead a national side to international honours and is from MK.

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“I have asked that the council start the process of bestowing the honour on her.”

It comes after the 25-year-old defender, who was one of England’s standout players of the tournament, captained the Lionesses to a 2-1 win over Germany after extra-time in the final at Wembley.

Mr Marland said: “The Lionesses are an inspiration to everyone and have shown that through teamwork, ability and hard work, anything is possible.”

Milton Keynes hosted four matches during the tournament, including a full house for the second semi-final.

Bucks Free Press: Williamson hails from Milton Keynes (PA)Williamson hails from Milton Keynes (PA)

Mr Marland said the city had the “vision and confidence to back the tournament when many others did not” and hoped the event may help lead to greater backing for women’s sport.

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He added: “I hope the win will have a lasting impact on women’s sport and I’m sure it has both inspired a new generation of women and girls to go out and take part in whatever their chosen sport is, as well as changing the attitude of many others to women’s sport in general.”

Born in MK, Williamson grew up in Newport Pagnell and attended Ousedale Secondary School in the county. 

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She is not the only Buckinghamshire-born player to help England to glory this year, as Ellen White of Aylesbury was also part of the winning squad.

White, who scored twice in the 8-0 victory against Norway on July 11, was educated at the Grange School and played for Aylesbury Town.