After starring for various development teams, Alex Greenwood broke into the senior side at the 2014 Cyprus Cup – and made an instant impact.
With a clean sheet, an assist and a sumptuous set-piece delivery which led to another goal, the left-back played a key role in England’s 3-0 win over Finland. She came agonisingly close to capping her full debut with what would have been a memorable goal, but the crossbar intervened to deny her angled 25-yard drive.
That impressive performance laid the foundations for what has been a fruitful international career so far.
Aged just 22, Greenwood was the youngest member of England’s squad at the 2015 World Cup, where she started in the third-place play-off win over Germany which secured the bronze medal.
She also was a key member of the squad that helped England reach the semi-finals of Euro 2017 and featured in four of England’s 2019 World Cup qualifiers.
On the domestic front, Greenwood, who began her career at Everton, captained Manchester United to the FA Women’s Championship crown in 2019, before joining European champions Lyon that summer.