Ian Wright hailed as "amazing human being" for passionate speech about Lionesses

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Fans were absolutely loving Ian Wright's impassioned speech following England's 4-0 win over Sweden in the semi-final of the Euros on Tuesday night.

During the BBC's post-match coverage of the game, the endearing former Arsenal striker stressed how proud he was of the Lionesses and urged the FA to ensure their glorious campaign leads to a lasting legacy for young girls.

"Whatever happens in the final now, if girls are not allowed to play football just like the boys can in their P.E. after this tournament then what are we doing?" Wright said.

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"We've got to make sure that they are able to play and get the opportunity to do this because it's going to inspire a lot of people.

"If there's no legacy to this, like what we saw with the [2012] Olympics, if there's no legacy after this then what are we doing? Because girls should be able to play.

He added: "This is the proudest I've ever felt of any England side. This is what it's all about."

What did you make of Ian Wright's speech? Let us know in the comments section below.

On social media, fans were falling over themselves demanding that Wrighty be "protected at all costs".

"Credit to Ian Wright speaking about future, the legacy this squad/tournament HAS to pave a way for. Let this become the norm," one person tweeted.

"Bloody love Ian Wright. Got that bang on and straight from the heart," wrote another, while a third barked: "PROTECT IAN WRIGHT AT ALL COSTS."

A fourth wrote: "Proper love Ian Wright, amazing human being."

England's win see them head to the European Championship final for the first time since 2009, where they'll face the winners of Germany vs France, who lock horns at Stadium MK this evening.


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