Theresa May raises a cup to England’s cricket World Cup heroes

Theresa May has met the victorious England cricket team and been presented with the World Cup trophy.

Captain Eoin Morgan led his players along Downing Street to meet the Prime Minister after cheers erupted on Whitehall as the squad arrived by bus for the meeting.

Mrs May greeted the history-making team outside Number 10, and was shown the trophy, won for the first time by the men's team, by captain Morgan.

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England's captain Eoin Morgan is sprayed with champagne as he raises the trophy after winning the Cricket World Cup final match between England and New Zealand at Lord's cricket ground in London, Sunday, July 14, 2019. England won after a super over after the scores ended tied after 50 overs each. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
England's captain Eoin Morgan lifts the trophy after winning the Cricket World Cup final match between England and New Zealand at Lord's cricket ground in London, England, Sunday, July 14, 2019. England won the Cricket World Cup for the first time in extraordinary circumstances, beating New Zealand by a tiebreaker of boundaries scored after the match was tied after regulation play and then the first Super Over in the tournament's history. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)
Cricket - ICC Cricket World Cup Final - New Zealand v England - Lord's, London, Britain - July 14, 2019 England's Eoin Morgan and teammates celebrate winning the world cup with the trophy Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra
England's captain Eoin Morgan is doused with champagne as he raises the trophy after winning the Cricket World Cup final match between England and New Zealand at Lord's cricket ground in London, Sunday, July 14, 2019. England won after a super over after the scores ended tied after 50 overs each. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
England's Ben Stokes celebrates after winning the Cricket World Cup final match between England and New Zealand at Lord's cricket ground in London, Sunday, July 14, 2019. England won after a super over after the scores ended tied after 50 overs each. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
England's Jos Buttler runs out New Zealand's Martin Guptill to win the Cricket World Cup final match between England and New Zealand at Lord's cricket ground in London, Sunday, July 14, 2019. England won after a super over after the scores ended tied after 50 overs each. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
England players mob Jofra Archer after he bowled the super over to win the Cricket World Cup final match between England and New Zealand at Lord's cricket ground in London, Sunday, July 14, 2019. England won after a super over after the scores ended tied after 50 overs each. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
England celebrate winning the ICC World Cup during the ICC World Cup Final at Lord's, London.
Cricket - ICC Cricket World Cup Final - New Zealand v England - Lord's, London, Britain - July 14, 2019 England's Ben Stokes celebrates winning the World Cup Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra
England players celebrate on the pitch after winning the ICC World Cup Final at Lord's, London.
England players celebrate after winning the Cricket World Cup final match between England and New Zealand at Lord's cricket ground in London, Sunday, July 14, 2019. England won after a super over after the scores ended tied after 50 overs each. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
England's Ben Stokes in action during the ICC World Cup Final at Lord's, London.
New Zealand's Trent Boult stumbles over the boundary during the ICC World Cup Final at Lord's, London.
England's Liam Plunkett in action during the ICC World Cup Final at Lord's, London.
New Zealand's Tom Latham takes the wicket of England's Chris Woakes (not pictured) during the ICC World Cup Final at Lord's, London.
England's Ben Stokes during the ICC World Cup Final at Lord's, London.
New Zealand's Tim Southee celebrates taking the wicket of Jos Buttler (not pictured) during the ICC World Cup Final at Lord's, London.
New Zealand's Tim Southee takes the wicket of Jos Buttler (not pictured) during the ICC World Cup Final at Lord's, London.
England's Ben Stokes during the ICC World Cup Final at Lord's, London.
England's Ben Stokes slips whilst making a run during the ICC World Cup Final at Lord's, London.
England's Chris Woakes in action during the ICC World Cup Final at Lord's, London.
New Zealand's Lockie Ferguson (right) celebrates with team-mates after catching out England's Eoin Morgan during the ICC World Cup Final at Lord's, London.
New Zealand's Trent Boult during the ICC World Cup Final at Lord's, London.
Fans react as they watch a big screen in the Fanzone at Trafalgar Square during the Cricket World Cup Final between New Zealand and England at the ICC Fanzone, London.
Fans react as they watch a big screen in the Fanzone at Trafalgar Square during the Cricket World Cup Final between New Zealand and England at the ICC Fanzone, London.
New Zealand's Kane Williamson chases a ball during the ICC World Cup Final at Lord's, London.
New Zealand's Matt Henry bowls during the ICC World Cup Final at Lord's, London.
New Zealand's Trent Boult (centre) appears dejected after the review for England's Jason Roy out by LBW is not given during the ICC World Cup Final at Lord's, London.
New Zealand's Kane Williamson during the ICC World Cup Final at Lord's, London.
Shane Warne on the field between innings during the ICC World Cup Final at Lord's, London.
Kevin Pietersen on the field between innings during the ICC World Cup Final at Lord's, London.
New Zealand's Mitchell Santner in batting action during the ICC World Cup Final at Lord's, London.
England's Jofra Archer during the ICC World Cup Final at Lord's, London.
England's Jonny Bairstow signs autographs during the ICC World Cup Final at Lord's, London.
New Zealand's Colin de Grandhomme reacts as a ball hits him on the shoulder during the ICC World Cup Final at Lord's, London.
Fans celebrate the fall of New Zealand's 5th wicket as they watch a big screen in the Fanzone at Trafalgar Square during the Cricket World Cup Final between New Zealand and England at the ICC Fanzone, London.
New Zealand's Colin de Grandhomme in batting action during the ICC World Cup Final at Lord's, London.
England's Mark Wood during the ICC World Cup Final at Lord's, London.
England's Mark Wood celebrates taking the wicket of Ross Taylor by LBW during the ICC World Cup Final at Lord's, London.
England's Liam Plunkett (second right) celebrates taking the wicket of New Zealand's Kane Williamson, caught by Jos Buttler (63), during the ICC World Cup Final at Lord's, London.
New Zealand's Henry Nicholls during the ICC World Cup Final at Lord's, London.
New Zealand's Kane Williamson (left) in batting action as England's wicketkeeper Jos Buttler looks on during the ICC World Cup Final at Lord's, London.
New Zealand's Henry Nicholls survives a run out attempt during the ICC World Cup Final at Lord's, London.
Prime Minister Theresa May (centre, second row) with her husband Philip (second left, second row) and England's chief national cricket selector Ed Smith (far right, second row) in the stands during the ICC World Cup Final at Lord's, London.
England captain Eoin Morgan (left) stands with his players for the national anthem ahead of during the ICC World Cup Final at Lord's, London.
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England's Eoin Morgan (centre) walks out ahead of the during the ICC World Cup Final at Lord's, London.
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Mrs May held the large trophy which was won at the expense of New Zealand in a dramatic final, and shared laughs with the triumphant cricketers.

The Prime Minster, a self-professed cricket fan who attended the final at Lord's, shook hands with the squad, including star bowler Jofra Archer and all-rounder Ben Stokes.

England ICC World Cup Champions Celebrations - Downing StreetMrs May then posed for photos with the team, wearing their official England shirts, and held aloft the World Cup trophy with the help of captain Morgan.

Adil Rashid at one point helped prop up the trophy, and urged the pair to lift it higher, before the team retired to Number 10.

The spinner had assured teammates that God was on their side, according to Morgan.

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Prime Minister Theresa May with members of the England cricket team (Yui Mok/PA)

The captain said previously: "We had Allah with us as well. I spoke to Adil (Rashid), he said Allah was definitely with us.

"I said we had the rub of the green.

"It actually epitomises our team.

"It has quite diverse backgrounds and cultures... to actually find humour in the situation that we were in at the time was pretty cool."

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Prime Minister Theresa May holds the cricket World Cup (Yui Mok/PA)

The players became world champions after a close-run super over to decide the final.

Jonny Bairstow previously described the nature of the result as timeless.

He said: "It was ridiculous, genuinely ridiculous. Wow.

"There's never going to be a game like that ever in history ever again."

Test captain Joe Root added: "What a day yesterday was. Probably the best game of all time."

Mrs May has made no secret of her love of cricket in the past, and was praised by her childhood hero Geoffrey Boycott during a visit to India last year.

She was brought up listening to Test cricket on the radio with her father, and has previously said: "I have been a Geoff Boycott fan all my life.

"It was just that he kind of solidly got on with what he was doing."

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