David Beckham has heaped praise on England for reaching the Euro 2022 final after the Lionesses ensured they are just one game away from their first major trophy.

Goals from Beth Mead, Lucy Bronze, Alessia Russo and Fran Kirby secured a 4-0 semi-final victory over Sweden at Bramall Lane on Tuesday night, taking the team to a sold-out Wembley for the final on Sunday.

They will face Germany or France in the Wembley showpiece after reaching the Euros final for the first time since 2009, when the former hammered them 6-2.

Alex Scott and Ian Wright led the praise on Tuesday night for Sarina Wiegman’s side, and they have now been joined by former England men’s captain Beckham. 

Writing on his Instagram story following the win, Beckham wrote: ‘What a night, congratulations to the girls.’

He also shared his ‘favourite picture on a special night’ which showed forward Rachel Daly dancing in an England cowboy hat on the pitch.

In a video message released before the semi-final, Beckham thanked them for inspiring his daughter Harper.

The former Manchester United winger also said the Lionesses’ performances had been ‘so uplifting’.

David Beckham has congratulated England for reaching the Euro 2022 final after they beat Sweden

Writing on his Instagram story following the 4-0 win, Beckham wrote: ‘What a night, congratulations to the girls’

He also said the image of Rachel Daly dancing in an England cowboy hat was his ‘favourite picture on a special night’

Lucy Bronze was among the goalscorers for the Lionesses as they won at Bramall Lane

‘Hey, Lionesses, it’s David here,’ he said.

‘I just wanted to send you a message, firstly to say congratulations on an incredible tournament so far, it’s been so uplifting, it’s been so exciting, and it’s been so inspiring.

‘And for me personally, you know I have a daughter, so for her to be inspired by you girls and your performances has been incredible.’

He continued: ‘But it’s not just the girls that are getting inspired, the boys are getting inspired as well by this and we all know that when big tournaments come around our country and our fans get behind us like no other.

‘It really has uplifted the whole country.’

Beckham was among the big names to wish England’s Lionesses well ahead of their semi-final

Beckham had thanked the Lionesses before the game for ‘inspiring’ his daughter Harper

Of the semi-final, he added: ‘We’re all excited to see it and I know there’s one person that is really excited to see it and that is my daughter, Harper.

‘So thank you for inspiring her and good luck girls.’

Piers Morgan, Wayne Rooney and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were among the other high-profile names who took to social media to heap praise on England after they made it through to the Euro 2022 final.

Morgan tweeted: ‘Brilliant.. (*Lioness: ‘a female lion.’)’ with clapping emojis.

England men’s all time goalscorer Rooney, now manager of DC United, wrote: ‘What a performance by @Lionesses tonight. 

‘A well deserved #WEURO2022 final coming up. Congratulations to all the players and staff.’ 

Meanwhile, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge said: ‘Congratulations @Lionesses on making it to the #WEURO2022 final on Sunday. 

‘The entire country is so proud of everything you’re achieving. We believe in you and will be with you all the way! W’.

Current England forwards Harry Kane and Marcus Rashford also showed their support for the Lionesses on Twitter.

Kane wrote: ‘Yesss @Lionesses ! Bring on the final’ while Rashford added applause emojis.

BBC Match of the Day host Gary Lineker commented: ‘Fabulous performance and win for @Lionesses. Wonderful’. 

David Beckham lauds England after Lionessess reached Sunday’s Euro 2022 final at Wembley

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