One of the most recognised and respected players in the women’s game, Faye has been a commanding presence at the heart of the Arsenal and England defences since the late 1990s.
Her football journey began when, aged ten, she joined in the training sessions of her brother’s team Horley Town. After three years of playing with her brother and his team-mates Faye decided to go to an all-girls coaching session and it was here that her path to the England team began, as she met Jim Muir, the coach of a local girls’ side Horsham Ladies. Faye very quickly worked her way into the reserves and became a first-team player aged just 14.
Eventually, Muir encouraged Faye to join Arsenal and it didn’t take her long to make another big impact. Her performances in north London earned her a first international cap, against Scotland in 1997, shortly before she was named the Premier League Player of the Year. Her full international debut came against France in 1998 and she was handed the England captaincy for the first time against Nigeria in 2002. She has kept the armband ever since and has now had the honour of captaining her country in four major tournaments – the 2005 and 2009 European Championships and the 2007 and 2011 World Cups.
Faye has won 30 trophies during her time with the Gunners including ten FA Women’s Premier League National Division titles and nine FA Women’s Cups.