The Manchester United midfielder received her first opportunity to impress with the Lionesses when she was called into the senior squad for a training camp in September 2020.
A regular with the Young Lionesses previously, having been capped right from the U15s through to the U23s, Zelem had caught the eye of Phil Neville with her performances for United after captaining the side in the 2019-20 campaign.
Among her international experiences, she represented England at the FIFA U20 World Cup in Canada in 2014 and helped the U19s to a second-place finish at the U19 EURO Finals the year before that.
From a footballing family, both her father Alan and uncle Peter had both played the game professionally, Zelem started off her career at United’s centre of excellence before she moved to Liverpool in 2013 and quickly got some early first-team experience under her belt.
A season in Italy with Juventus followed during the 2017-18 season saw her add even more experience to her repertoire and having started out as a winger, Katie settled into a more central role by the time she returned to Manchester United for the 2018-19 season.