England women's national football team

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England
Nickname(s) Three Lionesses
The Lionesses
Association The Football Association
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Phil Neville
Captain Steph Houghton
Most caps Fara Williams (170)
Top scorer Kelly Smith (46)
FIFA code ENG
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FIFA ranking
Current 4 Decrease2.svg 1 (7 December 2018) [1]
Highest2 (March 2018)
Lowest14 (June 2004)
First international
Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 2–3 England  Flag of England.svg
(Greenock, Scotland; 18 November 1972)
Biggest win
Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 0–13 England  Flag of England.svg
(Tapolca, Hungary; 27 October 2005)
Biggest defeat
Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 8–0 England  Flag of England.svg
(Moss, Norway; 4 June 2000)
World Cup
Appearances5 (first in 1995 )
Best resultThird place (2015)
European Championship
Appearances8 (first in 1984 )
Best resultRunners-up (1984, 2009)

The England women's national football team has been governed by the Football Association (FA) since 1993, having been previously administered by the Women's Football Association (WFA). England played its first international match in November 1972 against Scotland. Although most national football teams represent a sovereign state, as a member of the United Kingdom's Home Nations, England is permitted by FIFA statutes to maintain its own national side that competes in all major tournaments, with the exception of the Women's Olympic Football Tournament.

The Football Association governing body of association football in England

The Football Association (FA) is the governing body of association football in England, the Crown dependencies of Jersey, Guernsey, and the Isle of Man. Formed in 1863, it is the oldest football association in the world and is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the amateur and professional game in its territory.

The Women's Football Association (WFA) was the governing body of women's football in England. It was formed in 1969 and was disbanded in 1993, as responsibility for overseeing all aspects of the amateur game of women's football in England passed to The FA.

The Scotland women's national football team represents Scotland in international women's football competitions. Since 1998, the team has been governed by the Scottish Football Association (SFA). Scotland qualified in the FIFA Women's World Cup for the first time in 2019, and qualified for their first UEFA Women's Euro in 2017. As of December 2018, the team was 20th in the FIFA Women's World Rankings.

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1995 FIFA Womens World Cup 1995 edition of the FIFA Womens World Cup

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2007 FIFA Womens World Cup 2007 edition of the FIFA Womens World Cup

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History

Early years

The success of the men's national football team at the 1966 FIFA World Cup led to an upsurge of interest in football from women within England. The Women's Football Association (WFA) was established a few years later in 1969 as an attempt to organise the women's game. [2] That same year, Harry Batt formed an independent English team that competed in the Fédération Internationale Européenne de Football Féminine (FIEFF) European Cup. [3] :43 Batt's team also participated in two FIEFF World Cups held in Italy (1970) and Mexico (1971). [4] [5]

England national football team Mens association football team representing England

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1966 FIFA World Cup 1966 edition of the FIFA World Cup

The 1966 FIFA World Cup was the eighth FIFA World Cup and was held in England from 11 to 30 July 1966. England beat West Germany 4–2 in the final, winning the Jules Rimet Trophy. It is England's only FIFA World Cup title. They were the fifth nation to win and the third host nation to win after Uruguay in 1930 and Italy in 1934.

Following an UEFA recommendation in 1972 for national associations to incorporate the women's game, the Football Association (FA) rescinded its fifty-year ban on women playing on Football League grounds. [6] [7] Shortly after, Eric Worthington was tasked by the WFA to assemble an official women's national team. England competed in its first international match against Scotland in Greenock on 18 November 1972, 100 years to the month after the first men's international. [2] [8] The team overturned a two-goal deficit to defeat their northern opponents by 3 goals to 2, with Sylvia Gore scoring England's first international goal. [9] Tom Tranter replaced Worthington as long term manager of the women's national football team and remained in that position for the next six years. [3] :94

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Eric Senior Worthington was an English professional footballer and football coach who played as a forward. After a playing career which included spells in the Football League with Watford and Bradford City, he was appointed the first ever manager of the England women's national team in 1972. He later coached the men's national teams of Australia and Papua New Guinea. He is a member of Australia's Football Hall of Fame.

Greenock town and administrative centre in the Inverclyde council area in Scotland

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1979–1993: Progress under Reagan

Martin Reagan was appointed to replace Tranter in 1979. [3] :100 England reached the final of the inaugural European Competition for Women's Football, after beating Denmark 3–1 on aggregate in the semi-finals. Despite resolute defending, including a spectacular goal line clearance from captain Carol Thomas, the England team lost the first away leg 1–0 against Sweden, after a header from Pia Sundhage, but won the second home leg by the same margin, with a goal from Linda Curl. [10] England lost the subsequent penalty shootout 4–3. Theresa Wiseman saved Helen Johansson's penalty but both Curl and Lorraine Hanson had their spot kicks saved by Elisabeth Leidinge. [11]

Charles Martin Reagan, known as Martin Reagan, was an English professional footballer and coach / manager. During his playing career, Reagan played in the Football League for York City, Hull City, Middlesbrough, Shrewsbury Town, Portsmouth and Norwich City. He later coached the England women's national football team. Prior to his football career Reagan served as a Staff Sgt Tank Commander in World War II.

The 1984 European Competition for Women's Football was won by Sweden on penalties against England. It comprised four qualifying groups, the winner of each going through to the semi-finals which were played over two legs, home and away. As only sixteen teams took part, the competition could not be granted official status. Matches comprised two halves of 35 minutes, played with a size four football.

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At the 1987 European Competition for Women's Football, England again reached the semi-finals but lost 3–2 after extra time against holders Sweden, in a repeat of the previous final. The team settled for fourth, after losing the third place play off against Italy 2–1. [12] Reagan was sacked after England's 6–1 quarter-final loss against Germany at UEFA Women's Euro 1991, which left them unable to qualify for the inaugural FIFA Women's World Cup. John Bilton was appointed as head coach in 1991 after Barrie Williams's brief tenure. [3] :103–104

The 1987 European Competition for Women's Football took place in Norway. It was won by the hosts in a final against defending champions Sweden. Once again, the competition began with four qualifying groups, but this time a host nation was selected for the semi-final stage onwards after the four semi-finalists were identified.

The 1991 UEFA Women's Championship took place in Denmark. It was won by Germany in a final against Norway in a repeat of the previous edition's final. Eighteen teams entered qualifying, which was enough to make the competition the first fully official one, so the name was changed to the UEFA Women's Championship.

1991 FIFA Womens World Cup 1991 edition of the FIFA Womens World Cup

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1993–1998: FA involvement

In 1993, the FA took over the running of women's football in England from the WFA, replacing Bilton with Ted Copeland as national team manager. [3] :105 England managed to qualify for UEFA Women's Euro 1995, having previously missed out on the last three editions, but were beaten 6–2 on aggregate over two legs against Germany. [13] Reaching the European semi-finals granted England a place at the World Cup for the first time. The team advanced from the group stages of the 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup in Sweden, but lost out again to Germany 3–0 in the quarter-finals. [14]

1998–2013: Development under Powell

Hope Powell became the team's first full-time head coach in June 1998, succeeding her former coach Copeland. [15] The European Championship expanded in 1997 to eight teams and moved from a biennial event to a quadrennial one. England qualified via the play offs for the 2001 competition held in Germany, despite recording their biggest loss (away against Norway 8–0) during qualification, but did not advance past the group stages. [16] England automatically qualified as hosts in 2005, but again did not make it to the semi-finals. [17]

Qualification for the World Cup changed for the 1999 edition. European qualifiers were introduced, so that teams no longer needed to rely on advancing to the latter stages of the European Championship. England qualified unbeaten for the 2007 World Cup in China, winning Group 5 in the European qualifiers and recording their biggest win (away against Hungary, 13–0) in the process, ending a 12-year hiatus from the competition. [18] [19] After coming second in their group, they advanced into the quarter-finals to face the United States but lost 3–0. [20]

In May 2009, central contracts were implemented to help players focus on full-time training without having to fit it around full-time employment. [21] [22] Three months later, at the European Championships in Finland, England marked their return to the recently expanded twelve team competition by reaching the final for the first time in 25 years. They advanced from Group C to the quarter-finals by virtue of being the top third placed team, beating both the hosts and the Netherlands in the knockout stages on the way to the final. There they lost 6–2 to reigning champions Germany. [23]

England reached their third World Cup in 2011, having won Group 5 and their play off 5–2 over two legs against Switzerland. [24] [25] In Germany, they topped Group B – ahead of eventual winners Japan. [26] England were paired with France in the quarter-finals, with the match ending in a 1–1 draw. England had taken the lead with Jill Scott's chip, only to have Élise Bussaglia equalise with two minutes remaining. After extra time ended in stalemate, they lost the ensuing penalty shootout 4–3. Karen Bardsley had saved Camille Abily's initial penalty but misses by Claire Rafferty and Faye White sent England out of the competition. [27]

Powell left the role in August 2013 after a poor showing at the UEFA Women's Euro 2013, with England bowing out early at the group stages. [15]

2013–2017: Sampson era

Welshman Mark Sampson succeeded Powell as England manager. England qualified for their third successive World Cup in August 2014 with a game to spare, winning all ten matches and topping Group 6. [28] England played their first international match at the new Wembley Stadium, home to the men's national team, in a friendly against the reigning European champions Germany on 23 November 2014. England had not played Germany since their heavy defeat in the European Championship final five years earlier. They lost the match 3–0, marking the 20th attempt at which England had failed to record an official win over Germany. [29] [30]

At the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada, England lost their opening group game to France but won their remaining group games against Mexico and Colombia, easing through to the last 16 to play 1995 champions Norway. A 2–1 win set up a meeting with hosts Canada in the quarter-finals. Despite facing not only a strong Canadian team but a capacity partisan crowd at BC Place in Vancouver, England progressed to the semifinals of the Women's World Cup for the first time in their history with another 2–1 win, which also marked the first semifinal appearance by any England senior team since the men reached the last four of the 1990 World Cup in Italy. Playing reigning World Cup holders Japan in the semi-finals, England conceded a penalty kick, which Aya Miyama converted past Karen Bardsley. Japan then conceded a penalty as Yuki Ogimi clipped Steph Houghton and Fara Williams slotted it past Ayumi Kaihori to level the game. However, in the last minute of the game, Laura Bassett scored an own goal to send Japan through to the final. [31] England eventually finished in third place by beating Germany 1–0 after extra time after a Williams penalty, their first time beating their archrivals in the women’s game. It marked the best finish for any England senior team since the men’s team famously won the 1966 World Cup as hosts. [32]

England qualified for the UEFA Women's Euro 2017 in the Netherlands and won all three of their group games at the tournament. England beat France 1–0 in the quarter-finals before meeting hosts and eventual champions, the Netherlands. In the semi-finals, England conceded three goals without reply and were knocked out of the tournament. [33]

In September 2017, Sampson was sacked from his role as manager by the FA after evidence of "inappropriate and unacceptable" behaviour was uncovered during his tenure at Bristol Academy. [34] He was replaced by Phil Neville, who had played at Manchester United and Everton and been capped by the England men but had never before held a high-profile managing job.

2018–present: Neville's arrival

After being appointed manager, Neville's first games in charge were at the 2018 SheBelieves Cup. In their first game, England defeated France 4–1, then drew 2–2 against Germany. They went into the final game against the United States with the opportunity to win the tournament, but lost 1–0. Second place was the highest England had finished at the SheBelieves Cup. [35]

England continued with World Cup qualification in 2018. On 6 April they drew 0–0 against Wales. After the qualifying games in June, England and Wales were guaranteed the first two spots in qualifying Group 1 [36] , and England's 3–0 win against Wales in August 2018 saw them clinch the group and qualify for the World Cup finals. [37]

In the 2019 SheBelieves Cup, England won the tournament for the first time after winning their first match 2–1 against Brazil, drawing 2-2 with the United States and defeating Japan 3-0. [38]

Competitive record

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England women's team in February 2015

World Cup

England have qualified for the FIFA Women's World Cup four times (1995, 2007, 2011, 2015) and failed to qualify for three competitions (1991, 1999, 2003). The England team reached the quarter final stage on three occasions, losing out to Germany in 1995, the United States in 2007 and France on penalties in 2011. In 2015, however, England earned the bronze medal for the first time, under Mark Sampson, by beating Germany in the third place play-off.

World Cup finals
YearResultGPWD*LGFGAGD
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg 1991 Did not qualify-------
Flag of Sweden.svg 1995 Quarter-finals420269−3
Flag of the United States.svg 1999 Did not qualify-------
Flag of the United States.svg 2003 Did not qualify-------
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg 2007 Quarter-finals412186+2
Flag of Germany.svg 2011 Quarter-finals422063+3
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg 2015 Third Place7502107+3
Flag of France.svg 2019 Qualified
Total5/81910453025+5
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

European Championship

England first entered the UEFA Women's Championship in 1984, reaching the final that year and in 2009. The team have reached the semi-finals on three other occasions (1989, 1995, 2017), but failed to make it out of the group stages in three other editions (2001, 2005, 2013). England did not qualify in 1989, 1991, 1993 and 1997.

YearResultGPWD*LGFGA
1984 Runners-up430142
Flag of Norway.svg 1987 Fourth Place200235
Flag of Germany.svg 1989 Did not qualify
Flag of Denmark.svg 1991 Did not qualify
Flag of Italy.svg 1993 Did not qualify
Flag of England.svg Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Norway.svg Flag of Sweden.svg 1995 Semi-Finals200226
Flag of Norway.svg Flag of Sweden.svg 1997 Did not qualify
Flag of Germany.svg 2001 Group Stage301218
Flag of England.svg 2005 Group Stage310245
Flag of Finland.svg 2009 Runners-up63121214
Flag of Sweden.svg 2013 Group Stage301237
Flag of the Netherlands.svg 2017 Semi-Finals5401114
Flag of England.svg 2021 Qualified as hosts
Total9/1328113144051
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
**Red border colour denotes tournament was held on home soil.

Olympic Games

England do not participate in the Women's Olympic Football Tournament, as the country does not have its own National Olympic Committee (NOC). Members of its team have played for the Great Britain women's Olympic football team at the 2012 Summer Olympics. Since England falls under the jurisdiction of the British Olympic Association, remit for an Olympic football team requires support from all four Home Nation associations. The Scottish Football Association (SFA), the Football Association of Wales (FAW) and the Irish Football Association (IFA) have all previously objected to the premise over fears that the team would erode the independence of their individual football associations. [39]

Minor tournaments

YearRoundPositionGPWD*LGSGA
Flag of England.svg 1976 Pony Home ChampionshipWinners, group stage1st220091
Flag of Italy.svg 1969 Unofficial European Championship Third Place3rd210154
Flag of Italy.svg 1979 Unofficial European Championship Semi Final4th421164
Flag of Japan.svg 1981 Mundialito Group Stage3rd210141
Flag of Italy.svg 1984 Mundialito Semi Final3rd402236
Flag of Italy.svg 1985 Mundialito Winners1st2311135
Flag of Italy.svg 1988 Mundialito Winners1st431082
Flag of the United States.svg 1990 North America CupGroup Stage3rd411237
Flag of Portugal.svg 2002 Algarve Cup Group Stage9th4103812
Flag of Portugal.svg 2005 Algarve Cup Group Stage8th4310130
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg 2007 Four Nations Tournament Group Stage4th302130
Flag of Cyprus.svg 2009 Cyprus Cup Winners1st4310143
Flag of Cyprus.svg 2010 Cyprus Cup Group Stage5th421165
Flag of South Korea.svg 2010 Peace Queen Cup Group Stage2nd202000
Flag of Cyprus.svg 2011 Cyprus Cup Group Stage5th420244
Flag of Cyprus.svg 2012 Cyprus Cup Group Stage4th420257
Flag of Cyprus.svg 2013 Cyprus Cup Winners1st4310127
Flag of Cyprus.svg 2014 Cyprus Cup Final2nd430172
Flag of Cyprus.svg 2015 Cyprus Cup Winners1st431082
Flag of the United States.svg 2016 SheBelieves Cup Group Stage3rd301213
Flag of the United States.svg 2017 SheBelieves Cup Group Stage3rd310223
Flag of the United States.svg 2018 SheBelieves Cup Runners up2nd311164
Flag of the United States.svg 2019 SheBelieves Cup Winners1st321073
Total7 titles7538182214281

Team

For all past and present players who have appeared for the national team, see List of England women's international footballers (alphabetical)
Caps, goals, and recent players may not be current as the FA does not maintain an easily accessible database of historical statistics.

Current squad

The following 23 players were named to the squad for the 2019 SheBelieves Cup. [40] [41]

Head coach: Phil Neville

No.Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClub
1 GK Karen Bardsley (1984-10-14) 14 October 1984 (age 34)740 Flag of England.svg Manchester City
1 GK Mary Earps (1993-03-07) 7 March 1993 (age 26)40 Flag of Germany.svg Wolfsburg
1 GK Carly Telford (1987-07-07) 7 July 1987 (age 31)160 Flag of England.svg Chelsea

2 DF Gemma Bonner (1991-07-13) 13 July 1991 (age 27)111 Flag of England.svg Manchester City
2 DF Lucy Bronze (1991-10-28) 28 October 1991 (age 27)657 Flag of France.svg Lyon
2 DF Rachel Daly (1991-12-06) 6 December 1991 (age 27)193 Flag of the United States.svg Houston Dash
2 DF Alex Greenwood (1993-09-07) 7 September 1993 (age 25)342 Flag of England.svg Manchester United
2 DF Steph Houghton (captain) (1988-04-23) 23 April 1988 (age 30)10312 Flag of England.svg Manchester City
2 DF Abbie McManus (1993-01-14) 14 January 1993 (age 26)110 Flag of England.svg Manchester City
2 DF Demi Stokes (1991-12-12) 12 December 1991 (age 27)481 Flag of England.svg Manchester City
2 DF Leah Williamson (1997-03-29) 29 March 1997 (age 21)50 Flag of England.svg Arsenal

3 MF Karen Carney (1987-08-01) 1 August 1987 (age 31)13732 Flag of England.svg Chelsea
3 MF Isobel Christiansen (1991-09-20) 20 September 1991 (age 27)316 Flag of France.svg Lyon
3 MF Lucy Staniforth (1992-10-02) 2 October 1992 (age 26)72 Flag of England.svg Birmingham City
3 MF Georgia Stanway (1999-01-03) 3 January 1999 (age 20)41 Flag of England.svg Manchester City
3 MF Keira Walsh (1997-04-08) 8 April 1997 (age 21)120 Flag of England.svg Manchester City

4 FW Toni Duggan (1991-07-25) 25 July 1991 (age 27)6922 Flag of Spain.svg Barcelona
4 FW Fran Kirby (1993-06-29) 29 June 1993 (age 25)3712 Flag of England.svg Chelsea
4 FW Beth Mead (1995-05-09) 9 May 1995 (age 23)104 Flag of England.svg Arsenal
4 FW Nikita Parris (1994-03-10) 10 March 1994 (age 25)3011 Flag of England.svg Manchester City
4 FW Jodie Taylor (1986-05-17) 17 May 1986 (age 32)3817 Flag of the United States.svg Reign FC
4 FW Chioma Ubogagu (1992-09-10) 10 September 1992 (age 26)21 Flag of the United States.svg Orlando Pride
4 FW Ellen White (1989-05-09) 9 May 1989 (age 29)7827 Flag of England.svg Birmingham City

Recent callups

The following players have also been called up to the England squad within the last twelve months.

Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClubLatest call-up
GK Sandy MacIver (1998-06-18) 18 June 1998 (age 20)00 Flag of the United States.svg Clemson Tigers 2019 SheBelieves Cup PRE
GK Ellie Roebuck (1999-09-23) 23 September 1999 (age 19)10 Flag of England.svg Manchester City Training camp, January 2019
GK Siobhan Chamberlain (1983-08-15) 15 August 1983 (age 35)500 Flag of England.svg Manchester United v. Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia, 9 October 2018

DF Hannah Blundell (1994-05-25) 25 May 1994 (age 24)30 Flag of England.svg Chelsea Training camp, January 2019
DF Millie Bright (1993-08-21) 21 August 1993 (age 25)250 Flag of England.svg Chelsea Training camp, January 2019
DF Gabrielle George (1997-02-02) 2 February 1997 (age 22)20 Flag of England.svg Everton Training camp, January 2019

MF Jill Scott (1987-02-02) 2 February 1987 (age 32)13222 Flag of England.svg Manchester City 2019 SheBelieves Cup PRE
MF Jade Moore (1990-10-22) 22 October 1990 (age 28)441 Flag of England.svg Reading Training camp, January 2019
MF Jordan Nobbs (1992-12-08) 8 December 1992 (age 26)567 Flag of England.svg Arsenal v. Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden, 11 November 2018
MF Fara Williams (1984-01-25) 25 January 1984 (age 35)17040 Flag of England.svg Reading v. Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia, 9 October 2018

FW Lauren Hemp (2000-08-07) 7 August 2000 (age 18)00 Flag of England.svg Manchester City 2019 SheBelieves Cup PRE
FW Melissa Lawley (1994-04-28) 28 April 1994 (age 24)111 Flag of England.svg Manchester City Training camp, January 2019
FW Chloe Kelly (1998-01-15) 15 January 1998 (age 21)10 Flag of England.svg Everton v. Flag of Austria.svg  Austria, 8 November 2018
FW Lauren Bruton (1992-11-22) 22 November 1992 (age 26)10 Flag of England.svg Reading v. Flag of Kazakhstan.svg  Kazakhstan, 4 September 2018

Notes:

Records

Carol Thomas was the first player to reach 50 caps in 1985, before retiring from representative football later that year, having amassed 56 caps. Fara Williams holds the record for England appearances, having played 165 times since 2001. She overtook previous record holder Rachel Yankey in August 2014, in a friendly against Sweden. [42] Yankey had passed Gillian Coultard's 119 record England women caps in September 2012, in a European qualifying match against Croatia, and Peter Shilton's 125 record England international caps in June 2013, in a friendly against Japan. [43] Alex Scott is currently the second highest capped female England player with 140 caps, followed by Karen Carney with 132 and Casey Stoney with 130. Rachel Yankey has the fifth highest number of England caps.

Kelly Smith has scored the highest number of goals for England, with 46 over a twenty-year international career. She surpassed Karen Walker's 40 goal record in September 2010, in a World Cup qualifying play off against Switzerland. [44]

Most capped players

Fara Williams is England's most capped player and second highest goalscorer with 40 goals in 165 appearances since 2001. Fara Williams England Ladies v Montenegro 5 4 2014 377.jpg
Fara Williams is England's most capped player and second highest goalscorer with 40 goals in 165 appearances since 2001.
#NameCapsGoalsYearsRef
1 Fara Williams 165402001–present [45]
2 Alex Scott 140122004–2017 [46]
3 Karen Carney 136312005–present [47]
4 Casey Stoney 13062000–2018 [48]
5 Rachel Yankey 129191997–2016 [49]

Top goalscorers

#NameCapsGoalsYearsRef
1 Kelly Smith 117461995–2015 [50]
2 Karen Walker 83401988–2003 [51]
2 Fara Williams 162402001–present [45]
4 Hope Powell 66351983–1998 [52]
5 Eniola Aluko 102332004–2016 [53]

Captains

PlayerYear
Sheila Parker 1972–1976
Carol Thomas (née McCune)1976–1985
Debbie Bampton 1985–1991
Gillian Coultard 1991–1995
Debbie Bampton 1995–1997
Gillian Coultard 1997–2000
Mo Marley 2000–2001
Tara Proctor 2001
Karen Walker 2002
Faye White 2002–2012
Casey Stoney 2012–2014
Steph Houghton 2014–present

Recent schedule and results

All times are listed in GMT except where noted.

2018

2019

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Jessica Clarke Association footballer

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Karen Bardsley England international association football player

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