Euro 2022 star's boots to go on show at Tower of London

England's Alessia Russo and goalkeeper Mary Earps celebrate with the trophy following victory over G

England's Alessia Russo and goalkeeper Mary Earps celebrate with the trophy following victory over Germany in the UEFA Women's Euro 2022 final at Wembley Stadium. - Credit: PA

The Tower of London is home to many historic artefacts - and now a pair of boots worn during England's Euro 2022 campaign has been added to the collection.

Alessia Russo, who hit the headlines with her back-heeled goal in the 4-0 semi-final victory over Sweden , has handed over her match-worn boots to to be displayed alongside the nation’s treasures.

History was made on Sunday, July 31 as England won a major tournament final – men’s or women’s – for the first time since 1966, beating Germany 2-1 in extra time at a sold-out Wembley Stadium.

Russo's stunning goal at Bramall Lane was one of four goals scored by the Manchester United forward during the tournament and she revealed on BBC Breakfast that her boots will now reside in the Tower of London.

“When I got the call that they wanted to do that I was blown away,” Russo said.

“I went and met them at the Tower of London and I handed over my boots and now they’re in there.

“I don’t quite know why but they’re great and I’m so excited that this is what’s going on for women’s football, it’s such an exciting time.”

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The adidas X speedportal boots will be put on temporary display and will sit inside the Martin Tower.

Russo’s backheel was arguably the goal of the tournament, although the 23-year-old said she did not practise the improvised effort.

“(It) was my thought process after I missed the first shot, I thought ‘I need to do something about this, I need to get it back in the net quickly because I’ve just missed a sitter’.

“I just think that was the quickest route for me to get it back into the goal and luckily it hit the back of the net.”

When asked if that type of finish was typical for her, Russo said: “Only on the playground when I was a kid or in training, but never in an actual game.”

The boots can be seen at the Tower of London from Friday, August 5.