SIOBHAN CHAMBERLAIN hailed England for capturing the hearts of fans ahead of their Euros final clash with Germany.

And the former Lionesses goalkeeper, 38, reckons victory at Wembley for Sarina Wiegman’s stars would be an epic moment.



A 90,000-strong crowd is expected at the stadium with The Duke of Cambridge and Harry Kane among those who have been sharing good luck video messages.

Chamberlain, whose 21-year playing career included making 50 England appearances, was part of the national side that reached theEuros final in 2009.

While that game against Germany ended in defeat, the retired shot-stopper believes England can see off their rivals this time around.

The ex- Chelsea and Manchester United keeper said: “It started off with quite a bit of hype, and it's turned into capturing the hearts of the entire nation.

“If they go that one step further and win this game, it's going to be absolutely epic.

“They started off a bit shaky when they got the result against Austria and there were a lot of comments about whether they should have scored more goals (in that game).

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“But at the end of the day, it’s tournament football. You just need to get the job done.

“You need to win the game and that's exactly what they did.

“And then to go from there from strength-to-strength and the way they demolished Sweden in that second half in the semi-final just showed so much character and ability.

“It's not going to be easy by any stretch of the imagination against Germany.

“They’re brilliant, that's why they're eight-time European champions.

“But England in this tournament have been outstanding.

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“They've got a manager who knows when to make changes.

She has a fantastic squad depth that's enabled her, when things haven't been going their way, to turn it around to get the results.

“I've got every confidence that they can go out there and get the win.”

England’s storming Euros run has seen many players deliver some memorable performances on the pitch.

Forward Beth Mead, who is in the running to win the tournament’s Golden Boot, is among the aces who has wowed fans with her trickery and clinical finishing.

Millie Bright and Georgia Stanway are among the Lionesses to have earned Player of the Match awards for their shifts in defence and midfield.

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And Euros debutant Alessia Russo has been a super sub sensation scoring four goals in five games for the team.

Chamberlain added: “For me, the entire squad has been fantastic.

"Keira Walsh has been brilliant in midfield and defensively, Millie Bright, Leah Williamson and Mary Earps in goal, they've been really solid.

“To pick out one or one or two players is probably going to be a bit harsh.

“Everyone always wants a superstar.

"After Alessia Russo's goal (against Sweden) the other night – which was absolutely unbelievable – she could very well come on and make herself an absolute household name."

Today’s encounter could see Chamberlain’s former England team-mate Jill Scott make her second appearance in a Euros final.

The former Manchester City midfielder featured in the Lionesses starting 11 in 2009 ago when they fell to a 6-2 loss to Germany in Finland.

For Jill Scott to have been part of that team and also part of this one is pretty special

Of that final Chamberlain said: “It probably went a little bit under the radar.

"I think for us as players at the time it was potentially a little bit more chilled, a bit more relaxed as well.

"There wasn't the pressure that there is now.

“You weren't walking out for a final in front of more than 80,000 people at Wembley, one of the biggest and best stadiums there is in the world.

"It's a completely different environment that these players are going to be walking out to.

“For Jill Scott to have been part of that team and also part of this one is pretty special.”

This weekend Chamberlain and former Arsenal and Three Lions defender Martin Keown have been championing McDonald's Fun Football Programme’s Grassroots Awards.

The awards aim is to shine a spotlight on volunteers, clubs and leagues providing grassroots football opportunities for children across the country

And Chamberlain, who is a mother of one, wants to see more avenues opened for young people to play the game.

The former Red Devils ace added: “It's so important that these programmes are in place to enable young girls and young boys to have the opportunity to play football.

“It's easy to give credit to the elite level of sport but without grassroots level, you don't get the elite level.

"You've got to have those pathways in place for young people to get involved in sport.”

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