Euro winning Lioness Alex is an ‘inspiration’

Euro winning Lioness Alex is an ‘inspiration’

by Tom Martin (August 2022)

SEFTON-born Lioness Alex  Greenwood  who helped England win the Women’s Euro  2022 has been hailed an “inspiration” to young girls.

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Greenwood, 28, who was born in Bootle, was a second half substitute in the historic match at Wembley on Sunday when the Lionesses beat Germany 2-1 to win the tournament for the first time in their history.

In doing so, Greenwood and her teammates have won the hearts of the nation and firmly put the spotlight on women’s football.

The defender, who has made 66 caps for England and is one of the more senior players in the squad, has loved the sport since a young age and her school teachers remember fondly how she “used to run rings around the boys!” 

Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health & Wellbeing Cllr Ian Moncur said: “I would urge all our young sporting stars to take a look at Alex’s hard work and dedication to getting where she is today as one of the world’s best female footballers.

“On behalf of us all at Sefton I would like to place on record a massive congratulations to Alex and her fellow Lionesses for their incredible Euros victory.”

This was Greenwood’s fourth appearance at a major tournament for England - having represented her country at the 2015 and 2019 World Cups and the 2017 Euros, where England reached three successive semi-finals.

Greenwood’s love of football was sparked during her school years as a pupil at St Monica’s Primary School and Savio Salesian High School.

She was signed by Everton and was named FA Young Player of the Year at the age of 18.

After Everton were relegated at the end of the 2014 season, Greenwood joined Notts County on a two-year deal.

At the start of 2016, she joined Liverpool - where she played for two years – and was named in the FA Women’s Super League (WSL) Team of the Year in 2015/16.

Moving to Manchester United in 2018, Greenwood  captained the Red Devils as they won promotion to the WSL in their debut season as a team.

She then moved abroad and signed for Lyon, where she helped them secure a quadruple - including fulfilling her dream of winning the Champions League.

She signed for Manchester City in 2020 - winning the FA Women's Cup at the end of the 2019/20 season.

Greenwood  is in a relationship with Sheffield United defender Jack O'Connell, who once played for Litherland Remyca during his early playing days.

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