Greenwood's going to the World Cup
Manchester United Women captain Alex Greenwood has been named in England’s squad for this summer’s Women’s World Cup.
The 25-year-old’s inclusion in former Reds defender Phil Neville’s pool of 23 players for the tournament is a reward for her outstanding debut season with United Women.
With one game to go, Greenwood has scored five goals so far and has impressed in both defence and midfield, helping Casey Stoney’s side to win the FA Women’s Championship and gain promotion to the Women's Super League.
The England squad was revealed on Wednesday morning in a unique fashion, with a group of 23 celebrity football fans helping to reveal each member one-by-one via their own social media channels.
Alex was unveiled by United fan and singer Olly Murs…
Next month the @Lionesses will be heading to France to compete in the Women’s World Cup ⚽🏆 I’m very pleased to reveal that dynamic full-back @AlexGreenwood will be part of the squad. A MASSIVE good luck to the girls, I’ll be routing for ya #BeReady 🏴 pic.twitter.com/wX2UrfgpMT— Olly Murs (@ollyofficial) May 8, 2019
ALEX’S INTERNATIONAL CAREER SO FAR
Greenwood was named the FA Women’s Young Player of the Year in 2012, in the same year she played at the 2012 UEFA Women’s Under-19 Championship.
Alex, who began her club career with Everton, captained England at youth level and has been part of the senior set-up since 2014, making her debut in a 2-0 victory over Italy in the Cyprus Cup in March 2014.
Greenwood scored her first goal six months later in a 10-0 win over Montenegro. Her only other goal for her country was the opener in a 7-0 victory over Serbia in June 2016 during the Euro 2017 qualification campaign; she was playing her club football for Liverpool at the time.
Alex was the youngest member of the England squad at the 2015 Women’s World Cup in Canada, where she won a bronze medal as the Lionesses beat Germany in the third place play-off.
Greenwood also helped Neville’s side go all the way in the SheBelieves Cup in the United States earlier this year.
The tournament in France begins on 7 June, with the Lionesses joined by Argentina, Japan and Scotland in Group D.
FULL LIONESSES SQUAD
Carly Telford (Chelsea Ladies), Karen Bardsley (Manchester City Women), Mary Earps (Wolfsburg); Steph Houghton (Manchester City Women), Lucy Bronze (Olympique Lyonnais), Demi Stokes (Manchester City Women), Rachel Daly (Houston Dash), Alex Greenwood (Manchester United Women), Millie Bright (Chelsea Ladies), Abbie McManus (Manchester City Women), Leah Williamson (Arsenal Ladies); Jade Moore (Reading Women), Keira Walsh (Manchester City Women), Jill Scott (Manchester City Women), Karen Carney (Chelsea Ladies), Lucy Staniforth (Birmingham City), Georgia Stanway (Manchester City Women); Toni Duggan (Barcelona), Ellen White (Birmingham City), Fran Kirby (Chelsea), Nikita Parris (Manchester City Women), Beth Mead (Arsenal Ladies), Jodie Taylor (Seattle Reign).
WATCH ALEX LIFT THE TROPHY WITH UNITED
This weekend, Alex Greenwood will have the honour of lifting the FA Women’s Championship trophy, which will be presented after United Women's final game of the season against Lewes on Saturday.
Tickets are still available for the game at Leigh Sports Village, which kicks off at 17:30 BST and is also live on MUTV.
Don't miss out on this historic moment - tickets are available now at www.manutd.com/womenstickets or by phone on 0161 868 8000 and they will also be available to purchase on the day. Tickets are priced at £5 for adults and £2.50 for Under-16s and Over-65s.
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