Former England stars headline Women's Euros roadshow as tournament arrives in London; Jermaine Jenas and Rachel Yankey were on hand to join in the celebrations with less than a week to go until the tournament kicks off.

Byline: By, Sportsbeat

UEFA Women's EURO England 2022 held its final roadshow in London on Saturday after surpassing a record 500,000 ticket sales -- more than double the previous tournament in 2017.

The capital's Potters Fields Park was the last stop for the countrywide tour which saw more than 35,000 people across England soaking up the pre-tournament atmosphere.

Former England internationals Rachel Yankey and Jermaine Jenas joined in the celebrations, just days before the opening sold-out fixture at Old Trafford on 6 July.

Yankey, who earned 129 caps for England and represented her country at the 2011 FIFA World Cup and 2013 UEFA Women's EURO, said: "I think the importance of the roadshows is absolutely huge.

"It's fantastic that we're all able to celebrate the fact that the Women's EUROs are being held in this country -fans will be able to go to games up and down the nation, which raises even further awareness for the women's game.

"Whether they're tourists, or just people coming down finding out more about the Women's EUROs and hopefully supporting their country, the role of the roadshows is pretty cool and really important.

"The tournament will be crucial for educating young fans about players, where their local football clubs are and getting more girls into football."

Former England star Jenas, who earned 21 caps for the Three Lions between 2003 and 2009, added: "I'm really impressed with the Women's EURO roadshows and I, like everyone else now, am itching for the tournament to start.

"That sense of anticipation for another major tournament has been building for a long time now -hopefully the Lionesses can get the job done on home soil.

"I think the women's game deserves all the credit for where it is at right now -they're the ones who have taken it global and it's things like this in the background that knit it together.

"Getting people down here, capitalising on all the promotional work that has been done, getting people talking about it and excited.

"These girls are inspiring a generation of women's footballers.

"I've got three daughters myself -- for young girls to be able to physically see a scenario that they could go and achieve is a different type of inspiration.

"So go and get your tickets, go and support them and maybe, we'll be able to sing 'it's coming home' properly this summer!"

Earlier this week, UEFA Women's EURO 2022 also announced matchdays won't be the only chance for fans to experience the atmosphere of the...

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