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Upper Bann DUP MP Carla Lockhart has tabled an Early Day Motion in Westminster, heralding the remarkable success of the Northern Ireland Women’s Football team in qualifying for Euro 2022.

The motion reads: “That this House congratulates the Northern Ireland Women's Football Team on their historic qualification for Euro 2022; applauds the players for their performances in securing that qualification; commends Team Manager Kenny Shiels and his coaching staff for leading the team to that remarkable success; and wishes the team well as they represent Northern Ireland in Euro 2022.”

Carla Lockhart said:

“It is a privilege to highlight the team’s qualification, in Westminster, and to ensure this success gets the national recognition it demands.

The people of Northern Ireland are incredibly proud of the historic achievement of our Women’s Football Team. As I watched the match on Tuesday night, I shared the pride in watching the skill, the passion and the determination of the team. They have done us proud and I know even better days are ahead for these wonderful ambassadors for our country.

Under the guidance of Kenny Shiels and the rest of the coaching and team, this squad has catapulted the women’s game into the spotlight, and I know it will inspire many girls to take up football. Blossoming careers will emerge in the years ahead that started because of this team’s success. What a legacy that is.”