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William looks forward to ‘exciting summer’ as he congratulates Lionesses’ squad

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Prince William has congratulated the upcoming Lionesses squad following the official announcement for the World Cup. The Prince of Wales, who is president of the Football Association (FA) said he is looking forward to an “exciting summer” for the women’s team. On the Prince and Princess of Wales official Twitter, he said: “An exciting summer ahead for a team that’s already achieved so much and inspired so many. Congratulations to every member of the @Lionesses squad and good luck! W”.

Prince William has championed women’s football in the past few years, particularly after the Euro 2022 final was won by the Lionesses.

The football fan watched the team bring it home in a 2-1 win over Germany at Wembley Stadium before handing over their medal and personally congratulating them.

The royal even ditched protocol to give team members a hug as they made they way across the pitch.

Earlier this month the future king also attended the Women’s FA Cup final where he shook hands with Chelsea and Liverpool players ahead of the game.

It comes after Sarina Wiegman named her 23-woman World Cup squad on Wednesday afternoon, with seven changed to the Euro 2022 winning side.

The squad in full features goalkeepers; Mary Earps, Ellie Roebuck, Hannah Hampton alongside defenders Millie Bright, Niamh Charles, Alex Greenwood, Esme Morgan, Lotte Wubben-Moy, Jess Carter, Lucy Bronze.

Midfielders line up Laura Coombs, Jordan Nobbs, Ella Toone, Keira Walsh, Georgia Stanway, Katie Zelem.

And forwards include Bethany England, Lauren Hemp, Rachel Daly, Alessia Russo, Katie Robinson, Lauren James, Chloe Kelly as well as Maya Le Tissier, Jess Park and Emily Ramsey as reserves.

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The women’s world cup kicks off in New Zealand and Australia in July with the Lionesses hoping to one-up their last victory and make it to the final.

Following the Euro’s final last summer, William and his daughter, Princess Charlotte sent a message to the team saying: “The whole nation couldn’t be prouder of you all. Wonderful to see history in the making tonight at Wembley”.

It is widely reported that the Prince of Wales is a keen football fan, supporting Aston Villa and regularly attending both men’s and women England matches.

In 2020 the Prince and Princess of Wales took Prince George to watch the men in the Euro’s final where they were defeated on penalties.

In 2006 the Prince took over from the Duke of York as president of the FA, a role typically given to a member of the Royal Family.

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In 2006 the Prince took over as president of the FA, a role typically given to a member of the Royal Family.

Speaking previously on his love of football and why he supports Aston Village Prince William told the BBC: “A long time ago at school I got into football big time. All my friends were Chelsea or Manchester United fans and I didn’t really want to follow the run of the mill team.

“I wanted to have a team that was more mid-table that could give me more emotional rollercoaster moments. Aston Villa has always had a great history.”

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