With the Women’s World Cup underway, an opening game saw the competition hosts, France beat South Korea, excitement is in the air as England may actually bring home a World Cup.
Before England’s first group D game, it’s time to have a look at how Manchester’s women will be dominating the England team.
Starting with Captain, Steph Houghton (MBE). One of the biggest names in women’s football, the 31-year-old centre back has played over 100 times for her national team after being called up for the first time in 2006. She joined Man City in 2014 and is captain of both teams. With her experience playing for England and leading her teammates, she gives a lot of hope for victory.
Just like Houghton, Manchester City midfielder, Jill Scott has also been called up to Phil Neville’s squad. She also was called up to the England team in 2006 and joined City only a year before her captain in 2013. She has had 134 appearances for the Lionesses and managed 24 goals. She’s also managed 18 goals in 83 appearances for a Man City.
Also keeping with the City theme, keeper Karen Bardsley has been called up again by Neville. The 34-year-old has 52 appearances for the blues, she has played for England’s under 19’s and under 21’s and in 2005 she was called up to the first team. She has since had 76 caps for England. During the 17/18 season and 18/19 season, Bardsley has been the first choice for England but has since lost her place as the first choice for City to teenager, Ellie Roebuck. This gives her a chance to prove herself.
Ellen White is another City player who Neville has put his trust into. The 30-year-old striker will be competing in her 3rd World Cup. White has only signed for City at the end of last season after a 2-year spell at Birmingham City. She has played for England before however and has had 80 appearances and 28 goals. Hopefully, this will be beneficial to the England side and to the striker as she will have a chance to play aside her new City teammates.
Demi Stokes is another City defender who has been called up for England’s World Cup run. The 27-year-old has had 62 appearances for City and bagged 3 goals, she was called up to her national team in 2014 after playing for the England youth teams, she now has 50 appearances for the Lionesses but this will be her first World Cup.
Then we have the younger teammates, Georgia Stanway is the youngest player on the side at 20 years old. The striker has bagged 22 goals in 51 appearances for Man City. She has 7 caps for England’s first team but has only managed 1 goal, so this competition may be a time for the youngster to shine. She also has pressure added to her performance as she has previously been nominated for young player of the year by the BBC and the PFA.
Kiera Walsh is another young player, at the age of 22, this will be the City midfielders first major tournament. She has 64 appearances for City since joining them in 2014 and now has 14 national caps behind her since 2017.
Alex Greenwood is one of the newly promoted Man United players to be called up to the women’s national team. The 25-year-old defender was named the captain of the United squad after joining them in 2018. She has played for England’s under 17’s, 19’s and 23’s but was finally called up to the first team in 2014. She now has 37 first team caps and has even managed 2 goals for England. She was part of the team that got United promoted to the Women’s Super League at the end of last season, so hopefully, she will be hungry for more success with the Lionesses.
Finally, there’s Abbie McManus. The 26-year-old was a defender for City from 2009-2013, the managed 6 goals in 69 games, she then rejoined City after a year away at Sheffield. At the end of the 2019 season, she decided to leave one Manchester side for another and join Man United. This World Cup will reunite her with her ex-City teammates one last time.
The Lionesses squad seems really strong and with 9 out of 23 women being from Manchester sides, it’s clear to see where a lot of the talent comes from.