Jane Ross (footballer)

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Jane Ross
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Personal information
Full nameJane Ross
Date of birth (1989-09-18) 18 September 1989 (age 29)
Place of birth Rothesay, Scotland
Height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
West Ham United
Number 9
Youth career
Paisley Saints Ladies
Senior career*
2002–2006 Paisley Saints Ladies
2006–2012 Glasgow City 118 (104)
2013–2015 Vittsjö GIK [1] 42 (21)
2015–2018 Manchester City 33 (13)
2018– West Ham United 15 (6)
National team
2009– Scotland 118 (56)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 15:47, 7 January 2019 (UTC) [2]
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15:19, 18 July 2018 (UTC) [3]

Jane Ross (born 18 September 1989) is a Scottish footballer who plays as a striker for West Ham United in the FA WSL and the Scotland national team.

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Club career

Ross grew up on the Isle of Bute and after attending local coaching clinics, began her career at youth level with Paisley Saints Ladies. [4] [5] By the age of 16, she had already been called into the Scotland Women's under-19 squad. [6] In June 2006, she joined Glasgow City, where she won six Scottish Women's Premier League titles, three Scottish Cups and three League Cups. [7] She also helped the club reach the last 16 of the UEFA Women's Champions League in the 2011–12 campaign.

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At the end of the 2012 season, Ross had a trial period in Denmark with earlier Champions League opponents Fortuna Hjørring, before heading for further trials with several clubs in Sweden. [8] [9]

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She agreed a professional contract with Vittsjö GIK at the end of December 2012, joining fellow Scotland international Ifeoma Dieke at the club. [10] [11] Ross scored on her debut for Vittsjö in a pre-season friendly match against Danish side B93/HIK/Skjold in February 2013. [12] After 11 goals in her debut season, Ross was linked with a transfer to English FA WSL club Arsenal Ladies. [13] Both Ross and Dieke extended their contracts with Vittsjö for another season in December 2013. [14] Ross left Vittsjö after the 2015 season, having scored 51 goals in 82 appearances for the club. [15]

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Ross signed a two-year contract with Manchester City in November 2015. [15] She left Manchester City after the 2017–18 season, having scored a total of 25 goals in 61 games across all competitions for the club. [7]

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On 9 July 2018, Ross signed with West Ham United. [7]

International career

Ross won her first full international cap for Scotland against England in March 2009, and scored her first international goal in August the same year against Denmark. [16] She made her fiftieth international appearance against the Netherlands in the 2013 Cyprus Cup tournament. [17]

June 2012 saw Ross named one of four reserves to the 18-player Great Britain squad for the 2012 London Olympics. [18]

Ross studied at the University of Stirling on a scholarship as part of the SFA National Women's Football Academy. [19] [20] She has deferred her M.Phil. degree while she pursues her professional career. [21]

International goals

Results list Scotland's goal tally first. [16]

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