England’s run to the semi finals of the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France was ended by a United States team that went on to retain their title under an English-born head coach in Jill Ellis. It is a sign of how far the FA Women’s Super League has developed in recent years that no fewer than five of Ellis’ victorious team have since moved to play their club football in England.
Four of those five are split across the two Manchester clubs: Sam Mewis and Rose Lavelle play for Manchester City, while Tobin Heath and Christen Press are across town at Casey Stoney’s Mancester United. But the arrival that perhaps captured the imagination most was that of Alex Morgan – the star American forward and joint top-scorer in France, a crossover talent and one of the select few women to have scored more than 100 international goals, who signed for Tottenham Hotspur in September 2020.
The 31-year-old, who was also named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in 2019, made her first appearance off the bench against Reading in a WSL fixture in early November. She is initially contracted to stay until the end of the year, with the possibility of an extension into 2021.