Meet the Lionesses: Say hello to Englands womens football team as they begin World Cup

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After England’s Lionesses stormed to victory at the 2022 Euros last year, eager fans are excited to see how they’ll do at this year’s Football World Cup.

The 2023 Women’s Football World Cup is being hosted by Australia and New Zealand and, with interest in the women’s game growing and growing, is set to be the largest in history as 36 teams will be vying for glory.

Despite the tough competition, the Lionesses look like they stand a pretty good chance and the current odds that they bring it home for England are slated at 5/1.

But who are the women of the team? Here’s a full list…


Mary Earps

Mary, 30, plays for Manchester United and is widely regarded as one of the best in the business.

She won FIFA’s award for Goalkeeper of the Year in February, after she became the first female to reach a clean sheet (which means not a single goal got past her) in 50 games.

Hannah Hampton

Hannah Hampton, who plays for Chelsea, was missing in action during last year’s Euros, as she went unused throughout the tournament.

Aged just 22, she’s significantly less experienced than Mary, but is regarded as one of the most technically gifted goalies of the new generation.

Ellie Roebuck

Ellie Roebuck, 23, is expected to be second on the pitch should first choice Mary Earps be unable to play.

Ellie plays for Manchester City, where she’s their number one keeper.


Millie Bright

29 year old Millie Bright has been enlisted to captain the England team this summer in the absence of the injured Leah Williamson.

She plays for Chelsea and is pretty experienced competing on a world stage – this will be her fourth international competition.

Lucy Bronze

31 year old Barcelona player Lucy Bronze is among the most decorated of the squad.

She’s won the Women’s Champion League four times – most recently just last year, in 2022 – and has even won it for two different teams.

Jess Carter

25 year old Chelsea star Jess Carter was a little used player during last year’s Euros triumph and played for just 16 minutes in total.

However, she’s featured in all of England’s international games from February this year, so is likely to be much more prominent this summer.

Niamh Charles

Another Chelsea women’s team player, 24 year old Niamh Charles just missed out on a spot on the England squad last year, so is a brand new addition.

She was also sidelined at the Tokyo Olympics so this is her first major international tournament – fans will be closely watching this promising player.

Alex Greenwood

29 year old Manchester City player Alex Greenwood was a substitute at the Euros last year.

However, with Leah Williamson out of action, it looks like she’ll be among the starting line up this time around.

Esme Morgan

22 year old Esme is new to the International stage, and wasn’t selected for the Euros squad 2022.

However, analysts say that, despite her age, this Manchester City player shows a lot of promise and is definitely one to watch.

Lottie Wuben-Moy

Lottie is another unused substitute from last year’s Euros that will be hoping for some play time in the Women’s World Cup.

She’s a 24 year old Arsenal player, who is perhaps as well known to the general public for her activism as her football, after she penned an open letter last year to all of the Prime Ministerial candidates calling for girls to have equal access to football.


Laura Coombs

At 32, Laura is the oldest of the World Cup squad, but that won’t hold her back.

She’s had a long career in football, but hadn’t been selected for the squad since way back in 2015 – so it’s safe to say she’s in her comeback season.

Jordan Nobbs

30 year old Jordan will be hoping for a little more luck than usual this summer, after injuries ruled her out of last year’s Euros and the 2019 World Cup.

She’s a brand new addition to Aston Villa, after quitting Arsenal after 13 years a couple months ago.

Georgia Stanway

You couldn’t miss 24 year old Georgia Stanway at last year’s Euros, and she’s likely to be the team’s primary penalty taker once again this year.

Despite being a midfielder, the Bayhern Munich player is likely to find herself scoring at least a couple goals for the team.

Ella Toone

Ella Toone has moved up in the world, from a substitute last year to almost certainly starting for England this time around.

At last year's Euros, she was of the team's so called "super subs" that shot the Lionesses to victory.

Keira Walsh

Keira Walsh was among Barcelona’s victorious Women’s Champions League final team last year – proving that the team was right to stump up £400,000 for the player.

The 26 year old is predicted to be one of the most valuable players this summer.

Katie Zelem

27 year old Katie Zelem is the captain of the Manchester United women’s team, which has just enjoyed one of the best runs ever.

She was a surprise absence from this year’s international features against Brazil and Australia, but it looks like she’s back on the cards for the World Cup.


Rachel Daly

Rachel Daly is no doubt one of Aston Villa’s most valuable players, and was awarded the Golden Boot gong after scoring 22 goals in 22 games earlier this year.

She was pretty visible during last year’s Euros, when she became famed for her love of Celine Dion.

Bethany England

Bethany England, 29, switched from Chelsea in January of this year to Tottenham in the hopes of securing a spot on the World Cup spot.

It evidently worked, but it’s not clear if she’ll get play time, after being left on the bench for the Euros.

Lauren Hemp

Lauren Hemp is only 22 years old, but has been one of the most used players on the squad since new manager Wiegman took over in 2021.

Lauren, who plays for Manchester City when she’s not in an England shirt, is likely to play a starring role this summer as well.

Lauren James

21 year old Lauren James is another relative youngster who’s made quite a splash on the world stage.

She’s proven herself to be of huge value to her team, Chelsea – and it runs in the family, as her brother Reece plays for the men’s side.

Chloe Kelly

Manchester City player Chloe Kelly was one of the most memorable stars of last year’s Euro as she scored the winning goal against Germany.

Fans of the Lionesses will be hoping she can recreate her triumph for them once again.

Katie Robinson

20 year old Katie is among the younger women heading off to represent England, but she’s impressed since making her debut in November 2022.

The Brighton and Hove player was no sure thing when it came to a World Cup spot, so she’ll have to prove bringing her along was the right call.

Alessia Russo

Alessia Russo, who is currently an unattached player, was one of the Euro’s team “super subs” last year.

She garnered a lot of attention for a staggering goal in the semi-final against Sweden.

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