Chelsea Women: Bethany England – A Proper No. 9!

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  • Name: Bethany England
  • Date of Birth: 3 June 1994 (age 26)
  • Place of Birth: Barnsley, England
  • Height: 1.66 m (5 ft 4 in)
  • Playing position: Centre Forward

Bethany England – Early Club Career

Bethany England started her football career with Doncaster Rover Belles L.F.C in the FA Women’s National League Division One Midlands where she played between 2011 and 2015. In 2016 she was picked up by Chelsea and signed with the London team to become a blue. Chelsea finished second England’s first season and she appeared as a wing-back, 19 times. England had seven starts and scored five times her first year as a Blue.

Bethany England impressed on loan for Liverpool.
England impressed on loan on Merseyside. Image Credit: Liverpool FC.

In April 2017, she signed a new contract with Chelsea- Only a few months later, England went to Liverpool on loan. With the Merseyside team, England’s career kicked off for real and during her time in Liverpool, she established herself in the Women’s Super League. She scored 10 goals in 16 games during a productive loan-spell. Although now established as a No.9, England is a versatile player, capable of playing in both midfield, and even at wing-back.

Return to Chelsea

England returned to London for the 2018/2019 season only to show what she had learned at her time in Liverpool. Even though that season was a disappointment for the Blues as they finished third in the WSL table, England’s season with her 12 goals in 18 games was a great success personally and individually for the striker. She finished third in the Golden Boot race and was Chelsea’s best goal scorer.

We all know what happened next. Bethany England’s 2019/2020 with the Blues was an even better achievement and performance. The powerful striker showed no mercy, finding the back of the net no more than 14 times in 15 league appearances during the last reason that was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In January and February 2020, England was named “Player of the Month” in the WSL and she was England’s top scorer in all competitions across the Women’s Super League and Women’s Championship.

What is remarkable is that she was WSL’s second-highest goal-scorer and it will take a long time for Chelsea fans to forget her brace in the Continental Cup final against Arsenal that gave Chelsea their first title in that tournament ever.

Head Coach Emma Hayes wasn’t shy to call Bethany England the best English No.9 in the country. Last season England scored 21 goals in all competitions and was later awarded as “The Player of the season” in the WSL.

When England signed a new four-year contract with Chelsea in July 2020. Chelsea’s general manager Paul Green words were: “We’re delighted to have extended Beth’s contract, as she has been outstanding in the last 18 months, playing a big part in the team’s success. We feel that she is now coming in to her peak as a player and look forward to seeing how she continues to develop for both club and country in the upcoming years.”

Bethany England extends her Chelsea contract.
England extended her contract after winning the WSL Golden Boot and Title. Image Credit: Harriet Lander/Chelsea FC Women via Getty Images.

Bethany England: International Career

England has represented her country for the Under-19, Under-23, and senior national teams. In 2012, she competed with the Under-19 national team at the UEFA Women’s Under-19 Championship in Turkey. She scored two goals in five appearances. The team finished third in their group, but did not advance to the Final Stages.

Senior National Team

England’s first call up for the senior national team were back in August 2019 for friendly games against Belgium and Norway. Her first national goal came later that year, when she came on as substitution as England lost 2-1 to Brazil, scoring with a superb header.

A month later, she opened up the goal-scoring for her country when she earned her first start in a 3-2 win against Czech Republic.

England for England!
England has scored twice for her country. Image Credit: FA.co.uk

England was named in Phil Neville’s squad for the SheBelivesCup in February 2020 and during the tournament, she made two appearances but picked up an unfortunate ankle injury that prevented her from participating in their last game of the tournament.

Bethany England: Personal Life

Alongside her football career England is studying Law at university, and seems to be more than happy to spend time with her dog, Buddy, a Golden Retriever. She is in a relationship with Wales footballer Stephanie Williams.

Player Strengths

  • Good at creating space inside the box 
  • Powerful shooter
  • Great at creating chances with headers 
  • Her passing abilities 
  • Proven goalscoring record
Bethany England with her PFA WSL Player of the Year award.
Bethany England with her PFA Award. Image Credit: PA/Press Association.

Bethany England: Honours

Chelsea FC

  • Women’s Super League: 2019–20
  • FA Women’s Continental League Cup: 2019–20
  • FA Community Shield: 2020

Personal

  • PFA Women’s Super League Player of the Year

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Written by Mia Eriksson (@mia_eriksson)

Edited by Rob Pratley


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