With five days to go until Chelsea begin the defence of our Women’s Super League title against Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge, we profile Blues midfielder and Wales captain Sophie Ingle, who was awarded an OBE in the 2022 King’s New Year's Honours.
Name: Sophie Ingle
National Team: Wales
Place of Birth: Llandough, Penarth, Wales
DOB: 2 September, 1991 (age 32)
Height: 1.73m (5 ft 8 in)
Our Welsh midfielder has enjoyed two spells with Chelsea, first joining the club back in 2012. She went on to represent Bristol and Liverpool, before returning to west London ahead of the 2018/19 campaign.
After her first season back in blue, Ingle was named Players’ Player of the Year. Her first four goals for the club were scored during the 2019/20 campaign, including a spectacular hit against Arsenal in an away win at Boreham Wood, which was nominated for FIFA’s prestigious Puskas Award.
Her efforts were rewarded with a contract extension during the 2020/21 campaign and Ingle has been integral to the success we have enjoyed in recent years, while December 2022 would prove a memorable one on a personal level.
She signed a further contract extension with the Blues and shortly after, she was awarded an OBE in the King’s New Year's Honours. Ingle capped a hugely successful 2022/23 campaign with the domestic Double as we secured the WSL and FA Cup in May.
On the international stage, Ingle made her senior debut for Wales as an 18-year-old in a World Cup qualifier against Azerbaijan in 2009. She was awarded the captaincy five years later and reached 100 caps for her country in 2020.
She represented Great Britain at the Tokyo Olympics in the summer of 2021, the only Welsh player in the squad, and proudly wore the captain’s armband for one of their games.
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