Who is Lea Williamson? Arsenal footballer named England captain

Leah Williamson has ticked off several impressive achievements during her football career. Now the sports star has been announced as England captain for the upcoming Women’s Euros 2022. The Arsenal defender hopes to lead the Lionesses to victory in the absence of Steph Houghton, who cannot play due to a ‘a wound. But who is Leah Williamson and what else do you need to know about the award-winning player?

Born and raised in Milton Keynes, Williamson has left her mark on women’s football since childhood. In fact, she was even named England Women’s Player of the Year and FA WSL Continental Cup Player of the Year in 2014, and was also named PFA Player of the Year in 2015.

She then signed her first professional contract with Arsenal the same year and has been at the club ever since, winning several league cups with the formidable team.

Williamson then made him debut for the England senior women’s team in June 2018 and scored her first England goal in November 2019. In September 2021, she was chosen to step in as temporary captain when Houghton suffered an injury.

On learning that she had been permanently named England captain, Williamson said in a statement: “It is an incredibly proud moment for me and my family. I am honored to have been asked to lead us to Steph Houghton is one of this country’s all-time greats and following in his footsteps – and all those special names that have led the team in the past – means so much.

“Although I wear the armband, I know we have a squad full of leaders who share my pride and passion to play for our country.”

She then added: “Whether I’m captain or not, I will never take anything for granted and will always do my best for England every time I put on the shirt.”

Williamson is no stranger to social media, which means fans can follow the Nike athlete’s career highlights, vacation snaps and campaigns on Instagram (@leahwilliamsonn). You can also find her on Twitter (@leahcwilliamson) and on TikTok (@l6williamson), where she shares soccer challenges and dance routines with her England teammates.

The Lionesses kick off their Euro campaign in the opening match against Austria at Old Trafford on July 6, 2022. After facing Australia, England will also face Norway and Northern Ireland in the group AT.