After a nine-year wait, followers are lastly attending to see a Team GB facet at the Olympics once more, however Alasdair Hooper seems to be at the place coach Hope Powell’s trailblazing quarter-finalists at the moment are.
The long-time England goalkeeper was taking part in for Swedish facet Linkopings by the time London 2012 got here round. She then went on to play for Lincoln in the WSL earlier than her extremely profitable spell at Manchester City.
She has amassed 82 England caps and was initially chosen as a part of the Tokyo 2020 squad earlier than having to withdraw via harm. She’d spent a part of final season on mortgage at OL Reign.
Alex Scott wants no introduction, with an enormous 140 England caps to her title in addition to a superb profession in the membership recreation, primarily with Arsenal.
Since retiring from football in 2018 she has continued to pave the manner in media and broadcasting. From punditry, to presenting the BBC’s protection at Tokyo 2020, and all the solution to being introduced as the first feminine commentator in FIFA 2022, there’s nothing she will’t do.
At the time of London 2012 Houghton was 24 and taking part in for Arsenal however she has developed into certainly one of the most interesting centre backs and leaders in the recreation.
The present Manchester City and England captain is certainly one of three co-captains in the Tokyo 2020 workforce and is bound to have an important position to carry out in Japan.
Scott is one other participant who has loved a outstanding profession for membership and nation. During London 2012, the tall midfielder was an Everton stalwart earlier than she ultimately joined the Manchester City revolution in 2013 and loved all the success that got here with it.
She has 151 England caps to her title and, after spending the second half of final season again on mortgage with the Toffees, managed to earn a call-up to the Tokyo 2020 squad at the age of 34.
In 2012, Bradley was a 22-year-old defender with loads of promise taking part in at the coronary heart of defence, notably in that 1-0 win over Brazil in the group stage. At the time she was with Lincoln and stayed with them as they went on to turn into Notts County earlier than a severe harm in 2014 precipitated her to overlook the complete 2015 WSL season.
Now Sophie Bradley-Auckland, she joined Sheffield United in May 2021 following a spell with Liverpool, returning to football after taking a 12 months out due to the pandemic.
As captain, Stoney’s affect on the pitch was as essential then as it’s in administration now. Back then she was taking part in for Lincoln, which was adopted by a return to Arsenal and a spell at Liverpool earlier than she retired in 2018.
She went on to take a job on Phil Neville’s backroom workers with the Lionesses earlier than being appointed head coach of the newly-formed Manchester United. After stepping down in May this 12 months she was introduced as the new head coach of the San Diego NWSL workforce earlier this month and can be doing punditry with the BBC throughout Tokyo 2020.
Another legend of the English recreation, Carney was a 24-year-old star with Birmingham City when she was a part of the London 2012 set-up. She later moved to Chelsea in 2015, the place she loved enormous success earlier than retiring in 2019.
She’s now shortly established herself as certainly one of the brightest and greatest pundits in the recreation, usually showing on BT Sport and Amazon Prime. She was additionally inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame earlier this 12 months.
You run out of adjectives to explain Fara Williams’ monumental impression on the recreation. With 172 caps she is England’s most-capped participant and this summer season retired from the membership recreation at the age of 37 following a glittering profession spanning 20 years.
Having turned out for golf equipment together with Reading, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool she is undoubtedly a pioneer of the recreation, and he or she certainly has extra to present post-retirement.
The feared striker’s nonetheless doing what she does greatest — scoring — after netting a lethal double in Team GB’s opening 2-0 win over Chile at Tokyo 2020 this week.
In 2012, White was 23 and plying her commerce with Arsenal however she stays certainly one of the greatest strikers round in the recreation right now. Now taking part in membership football for Manchester City, you possibly can count on her to have a giant position to play if Team GB are to do one thing particular out in Japan.
Speaking of pioneers, is there something additional you possibly can say about Kelly Smith and her contribution to the recreation? At London 2012, Smith’s standing as certainly one of the most proficient gamers England had ever seen was already cemented and that has remained the case even after she retired from football in 2017.
She is England’s document goalscorer with 46 objectives and nonetheless stays concerned in the recreation together with her TV punditry and ambassadorial work.
Yankey is one other who’s affect in the women’s recreation can’t be understated, significantly in her long-term spell with Arsenal and in her 129 England appearances. She retired in 2016 and since then has tried her hand at TV work, punditry, and training.
In 2019, she frolicked as London Bees head coach, and he or she’s additionally recognized for internet hosting the TV present Footy Pups.
The Scot was certainly one of two non-English gamers chosen as a part of Team GB for London 2012, and he or she is broadly recognised as certainly one of the recreation’s greatest midfielders.
The present Arsenal captain’s authority on the ball and pitch has solely grown with each passing 12 months. Although she continues to be solely 31, she has amassed a whopping 140 Scotland caps. Little is certainly one of the co-captains of the present GB workforce alongside Steph Houghton and Sophie Ingle and her class was evident in the win over Chile as she dictated the play in midfield.
The different non-English participant amongst the squad, Scotland star Dieke was taking part in her membership football with Vittsjo in Sweden when she was chosen for London 2012. However, she suffered ruptured knee ligaments in opposition to Cameroon and missed two years of football afterwards.
The defender earned 123 caps and made historical past by turning into Scotland’s first black feminine captain throughout her good profession earlier than her worldwide retirement in 2017.
Asante is one other participant who has been there and finished all of it. When she was a part of Team GB in London she was taking part in with Goteborg in Sweden earlier than she moved to FC Rosengard in 2013.
She returned to England to play for Chelsea in 2018 and is at the moment with WSL facet Aston Villa after transferring at the begin of final season. She has turn into certainly one of the most eloquent audio system all through the women’s recreation.
Another who has had an enormous affect on the women’s recreation, Aluko had been at Birmingham City by the time the London 2012 Olympics happened. Of course, her profession afterwards introduced enormous success, from her exploits with England to the trophies she received with Chelsea and later Juventus.
She retired in January 2020 and went on to turn into director of women’s football at Aston Villa. In May, this 12 months she turned the sporting director of Los Angeles-based Angel City FC forward of their debut season in the NWSL.
With over 100 Chelsea appearances to her title, Rafferty is a vastly fashionable determine in the women’s recreation. The defender was 23 years outdated when she was chosen as a part of the Olympic workforce, and he or she ought to have gone on to seem greater than she did for England however her three ACL accidents disrupted that.
She left Chelsea in 2018 to play for West Ham, earlier than retiring in 2019 and dealing in the media in addition to working for the Blues in a industrial position.
Williams is a kind of acquainted faces who has been round the WSL for a very long time. She was taking part in for Birmingham at the time of London 2012 however went on to play for Chelsea and Notts County earlier than returning to the Blues in 2017. The 33-year-old is at the moment with Tottenham in the WSL after becoming a member of final summer season.
The back-up goalkeeper in the London 2012 squad had been the long-term England primary earlier than ultimately being ousted by Bardsley.
Now Rachel Brown-Finnis, she retired from football in 2015 and has gone on to turn into certainly one of the greatest pundits in the recreation, usually showing on the BBC and BT Sport.
Following the harm to Dieke, Susi was known as as much as the Team GB squad as her alternative. She was with Chelsea at the time earlier than she went on to play for Notts County in the WSL. She studied economics at the University of Westminster however has since retired from the recreation.
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