England’s Lionesses cemented their status as national treasures this week, following their monumental Euros victory.
The squad stormed to victory over Germany to finish 2-1.
Alessia Russo, 23, had quickly emerged as a fan favourite during the tournament as a result of her on and off-pitch antics.
In the final, she was caught on camera cheekily trying to strike a glimpse of a piece of paper being handed between German players.
The Kent-born striker had come onto the pitch alongside Manchester United teammate Ella Toone, whose goal in extra time won England the match.
And it was Russo’s semi-final goal against Sweden – England’s third of the game – that helped clinch the Lionesses a place in the Euros final.
‘It’s one of the best goals you will ever see,’ former Liverpool defender Stephen Warnock had proclaimed on BBC Radio 5 Live.
Now, Russo’s iconic green boots will soon become national treasures in their own right.
Russo’s footwear will be on proud display in the Tower of London among a wide variety of national treasures.
They were handed over from the 23-year-old to Yeoman Warder AJ Clark, who herself made history as the second ever female ‘Beefeater’.
Yeoman Warders are the historic guards of the Tower of London and its treasures, tracing their roots back to 1485.
The pair met today to exchange the boots.
Working with Historic Royal Palaces -the charity that cares for the Tower of London – the display of the X SPEEDPORTA boots was arranged alongside adidas.
‘Scoring that goal is something I will never forget,’ said Russo.
She added: ‘To have this memory preserved in time amongst other national treasures feels so surreal.
‘This is an extraordinary time for sporting history, so a huge thank you to adidas for celebrating this moment in such a special way.’
Members of the public can view the iconic boots on show at the Tower from Friday.
Russo has appeared in numerous interviews following the weekend’s Euros win for England.
Players have been calling for momentum from the historic victory to be harnessed to ensure a new generation can be encouraged to follow in the Lionesses footsteps without barriers.
This morning, Russo told BBC News: ‘I think that’s definitely the turning point that we want from this tour to make sure these girls have access not just for the next few years, but for the rest of their lives, and can always find a girls team when they need.’
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