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Bethany England

BIOGRAPHY

A versatile attacking player, Bethany England is back in the Chelsea Women squad after a productive season on loan to Liverpool in 2017/18.

Prior to her move to the Blues ahead of the 2016 season, England featured predominantly as a winger for Doncaster Rovers Belles but she was also deployed as a centre-forward and in central midfield.

She added another string to her bow by offering cover at wing-back for Chelsea, most notably in the Women’s FA Cup semi-final win over Manchester City, which came during a first half of the season in which she was in and out of the side, with a goal against her former club on the opening day of the WSL1 campaign the highlight.

Although she only started seven of her 19 appearances for the Blues in 2016, England quickly became a popular figure among supporters at Wheatsheaf Park; to put this solely down to her tenacity would be doing a disservice to a player who found the back of the net five times and added numerous assists.

The 2017 Spring Series began with a new regular role in the side as a left wing-back as Claire Rafferty struggled with injuries, and England was rewarded with a two-year contract extension early in the campaign.

In September, England moved on loan to Liverpool for the 2017/18 WSL season. It proved to be a productive spell in the North-West as she finished as the joint-third highest scorer in the top flight, including a vital goal against Manchester City during the title run-in.

England finished as Chelsea's top goalscorer for the 2018/19 season with 22 goals in all competitions. A hard working player and a fans favourite who missed out on being selected in the Lionesses' 2019 World Cup squad despite her fine domestic form. However, her performances were eventually merited and England received her first senior international cap in August when she came on as a substitute in a friendly against Belgium. 

She scored a wondergoal in the Blues' 2019/20 opening game of the Barclays Women's Super League season from 30-yards out in front of a huge crowd at Stamford Bridge against Tottenham Hotspur, resulting in a 1-0 victory.

Having joined Doncaster from the Sheffield United Centre of Excellence in 2010, England has progressed through the international ranks to Under-23 level and scored in an England Under-23s win over Norway in June 2016.