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Sophie Ingle

BIOGRAPHY

Wales international captain Sophie Ingle rejoined Chelsea Women ahead of the 2018/19 campaign.

The midfielder, who previously played for the club in 2012 and 2013, signed from Liverpool on a two-year contract and brings plenty of Women’s Super League experience to the Chelsea squad, having spent the past two-and-a-half years on Merseyside and the two before that at Bristol Academy.

Ingle played her early Women’s Premier League football at Cardiff City Ladies where she won the Welsh Cup. Her move to Chelsea followed, and an appearance in another cup final, this time the 2012 Women’s FA Cup decider although she was on the losing side with Matt Beard’s team missing out on penalties.

At Bristol she became captain and tasted Champions League football. They made waves by beating Barcelona. By the time she moved to Liverpool in December 2015 following the West Country club’s relegation from the WSL, she was skipper of her national side too.

The Welsh player started 28 times in her first season back and it was evident that she fitted it perfectly within the team having be voted the Chelsea’s 2018/19 Players’ Player of the Year award. Although she may not be the most eye-catching performer, her solidity and consistency in front of defence brings out the best in others around her. Her partnership with Drew Spence in midfield grew over the course of the season, giving us a strong physical presence in the middle.

Having played for Wales at Under-17 and Under-19 level, Ingle won her first senior cap in 2009 and has gone on to play over 50 times for her country. She was Wales' Players' Player of the Year and Wales' Supporters Players of the Year in 2016 and at club level she was named Liverpool Ladies Player of the Season last year.