Lioness Chloe Kelly keeps her Euros winners medal in a very relatable place
Chloe Kelly grew up in Hanwell, West London. She's the youngest of seven siblings, and has five older brothers. As a child, she was regularly out having a kickabout, in the street and at the local enclosed pitches, called 'cages'.
Her mum had no doubt that she had a future star player on her hands.
Jane Kelly, told Sky News: 'Once she started in the cages, there was no letting go. She used to come in, she had cuts on her knees… I used to say to her "well don't go then". And she'd still go back the next day. She was tough as old boots.'
Fast-forward to 2023, and Chloe plays for Manchester City and is one of the star strikers of the England Women's Football team, the Lionesses.
Here's everything you need to know about the 25-year-old star...
When did Chloe Kelly start playing for England?
Now aged 25, Chloe Kelly made her first senior England appearance in November 2018 when she was just 20. She might’ve been young but Chloe was no stranger to the international scene thanks to her history in the U17s, U19s and U20s teams.
Chloe won a bronze medal at the FIFA U20s Women’s World Cup in August 2018, before moving onto the senior team.
She also made history last July when the Lionesses headed into extra time in the UEFA Women’s Euro’s final when England played Germany. A late substitution changed the game and led to the winning goal and the Euro’s title – and that goal came from her. The image of her celebrating, shirt held aloft in one hand, was seen across the world.
In a post-match interview with Yahoo she said: 'I am always taking my shirt off and going crazy!' She also described the win as 'what dreams are made of'.
But it almost wasn’t a dream come true as Chloe Kelly only just made it into the Euro 2022 squad following a knee injury in 2021. A collision with Birmingham City player, Rebecca Holloway, saw her leaving the pitch on a stretcher.
Thankfully, she recovered in time and got us all singing Sweet Caroline at the top of our lungs over summer.
Has Chloe Kelly won any awards?
Besides bringing football home in July 2022, she helped her domestic club, Manchester City, win the Women’s FA Cup in 2020.
Individually, the 5ft 6 (168cm) striker has scooped up City’s Player of the Season award in 2021, as well as winning Player of the Month for the Women’s Super League in September 2019.
Where can I follow Chloe Kelly on social media?
Chloe has more than 463,000 Instagram followers (@chloekelly), who get to see snaps of her life, her family, and training shots.
In one post on her grid, you’ll find her in a sleek, stylish outfit in front of the Eiffel Tower, while in the next, she’s back on the pitch showing us all how it’s done.
You’ll also find her on Twitter (@Chloe_Kelly98) talking all things football-related. She even revealed the safe spot she keeps her Euro’s medal: 'I’ve still got my medal in my underwear drawer!'
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