England looks to future as it celebrates Women's Euro 2022 victory at packed out Trafalgar Square

    England's players celebrate during a victory party in Trafalgar Square after winning the Women's Euro 2022.

    (CNN)England legend and now TV presenter Alex Scott summed up the mood of the nation perfectly: "Hashtag who cares? Millions care. Millions. And like our England captain said, this tournament may be over, but this is just the start of a magical journey."

    Despite negativity from small factions online, England's Euro 2022 victory on Sunday captured hearts and minds, turning skeptics into believers, reducing neutrals to tears.
    And, looking slightly worse for wear after partying long into the night in celebration, England's victorious team and coaching staff took to a stage in Trafalgar Square, London, as the celebrations began again.
      But before the tunes and dance moves kicked off in earnest -- we're looking at you, Mary Earps -- some of the players and manager Sarina Wiegman, who have all been awarded the Freedom of London award, spoke to Scott about what the win at Wembley Stadium against Germany in the final meant to them and the future of the sport in the country.
        Captain Leah Williamson -- who admitted the team has "partied more than we have played football in the last 24 hours" -- said the victory, played in front of a record crowd of 87,192 for a European Championship final, men's or women's, is just a start.
        "The legacy of the tournament was already made before the final," Williamson said. "What we have done for women and young girls who can aspire to be us.
        "I think England have hosted an incredible tournament and we've changed the game in this country and, hopefully, across Europe and across the world. But we said we wanted to make our legacy about winning and that's what we did."
          The 25-year-old added: "Dreams turn into reality. Hopefully, there is a generation that is being inspired by us."
          England fans wave flags during the team's celebration at Trafalgar Square.

          'I haven't stopped dancing'

          From Shania Twain to Harry Kane, the country was gripped by what was on display on Sunday afternoon.
          So much so that according to the BBC, the final was watched by a record-breaking audience of 17.4 million on UK television.
          And although the breathtaking feats of brilliance on the pitch were engrossing -- from Ella Toone's sumptuous chip to Chloe Kelly's first international goal -- it's the player's personalities and charisma which have won over a whole country.
          Kelly abandoning her post-match interview with the BBC to join her teammates in singing Neil Diamond's classic "Sweet Caroline," Jill Scott pulling an all-nighter in celebration and Earps singing "It's Coming Home" standing on the table from which Wiegman was giving her post-game press conference: the squad members have become instant legends.
          England supporters wave flags as they wait for the arrival of the England team.