Leah Williamson named England captain for Euros

Arsenal star will lead national team in the tournament this summer

Friday, 8th April

Arsenal Women Training Session

Leah Williamson (right) joined Arsenal when she was just nine

ARSENAL star Leah Williamson is to captain England at this summer’s European Championships, it has been announced.

The tournament is hosted on these shores this summer and is expected to be one of the best-watched women’s finals ever, as the national team aims to go one better than their male counterparts did last year.

Williamson, 25, is a childhood Gooner who joined Arsenal when she was just nine. She has deputised as England’s captain while Steph Houghton has been injured – but it has now been confirmed she will keep the armband.

“This is an incredibly proud moment for me and my family and I am honoured to be asked to lead us at the Euros,” she said.

“Although I will be wearing the armband, I know we have a squad full of leaders who share my pride and passion in playing for our country.

“Whether I am captain or not, I will never take anything for granted and will always do my best for England every time I pull on the shirt.”

England have been drawn in a group stage pool with Austria, Norway and Northern Ireland with their first match on July 6 at Old Trafford.

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