Leah  Williamson OBE

Leah Williamson OBE

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Captain of England Women's Football Team

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Leah joined Arsenal's Centre of Excellence at the age of nine and made her senior debut in a Champions League quarter-final. She has starred for England in every age group from the U15s right up to the senior side. She was called up to the Lionesses Senior squad in 2017, and has gone on captain England at the UEFA Women’s Euro 2022.

Biography

Leah joined Arsenal's Centre of Excellence at the age of nine and made her senior debut in a Champions League quarter-final. She has starred for England in every age group from the U15s right up to the senior side.

The versatile defender has gone on to make over 135 appearances for Arsenal, becoming the youngest player to reach the 100-club in Arsenal’s history. She was part of the team who won the FA Cup at Wembley over Chelsea in 2016.

She made 12 appearances in the 2014 FA Women's Super League and at the end of the season was named the FA WSL Cup Player of the Year. Leah then won the England Women’s Youth Player of the Year award and was named the 2014-15 PFA Young Women's Player of the Year.

Leah has represented England since 2010 and captained the U17 side in the 2014 UEFA Women's Under-17 Championship. She was also part of the England Women's U20 team which competed in the 2014 FIFA Under 20 Women's World Cup in Canada.

In November 2017, she was called up to the Lionesses Senior squad and made her debut in the 3-1 against Russia in the 2019 FIFA World Cup qualifier.

Leah made headlines when her successful penalty was disallowed for player encroachment in a qualifying match against Norway for the 2015 UEFA Under-19 championship. The match was ordered to be replayed five days after the original contest. The players returned to finish the last two minutes of their game with the score standing at 2-1 to Norway. Leah equalised and in doing so booked her team's place in the tournament finals.

At the FIFA Women's World Cup qualifiers Leah captained England twice. England won both games, and she was rewarded Player of the Match. A few months later she led the Lionesses to success in the inaugural Arnold Clark Cup featuring Spain, Canada and Germany.

As part of jewellery brand Swarovski’s 2019 #FollowTheLight campaign, Leah joined a host of other notable figures, and was also selected to represent England at the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France.

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