Chloe Kelly doesn’t have a clue what was going through her mind when she whipped off her shirt and ran across the pitch in her sports bra after her winning goal in the Euro 22 final.
‘It was a spontaneous gesture,’ she says. ‘I wasn’t thinking about [making a statement about] women’s empowerment. I was just celebrating the moment.’ It was, she adds, the best feeling.
‘I didn’t realise how big taking my top off would become and what it would do for women.’ A smile plays across her pretty face. ‘Or for the sales of sports bras, which have gone through the roof,’ she laughs.
Chloe is aglow with the sort of I’m-so-happy-I-could burst euphoria that endeared her to so many of us during the celebrations for the Lionesses’ historic 2-1 win against Germany on Sunday. Who could fail to be caught up in her joy when, midway through a post-match interview, she ran off, microphone in hand, to join the record-breaking crowd at Wembley singing Sweet Caroline?
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