Leah Williamson has been named England captain for Euro 2022, the FA has confirmed. Millie Bright has been appointed as the Lionesses vice captain, with Ellen White third in line.
Williamson has captained England throughout Sarina Wiegman’s tenure in the absence of the injured Steph Houghton – who remains a major doubt for Euro 2022 after undergoing achilles surgery.
The Arsenal defender wore the armband as England won the inaugural Arnold Clark Cup in February, while Bright deputised for Williamson when she sat out the Lionesses’ November qualifiers through injury.
“This is an incredibly proud moment for me and my family and I am honoured to be asked to lead us at the Euros,” Williamson said. “Steph Houghton is one of this country’s all-time greats and to follow in her footsteps – and all of those special names who have led the team in the past – means so much.
“Although I will be wearing the armband, I know we have a squad full of leaders who share my pride and passion in playing for our country. Whether I am captain or not, I will never take anything for granted and will always do my best for England every time I pull on the shirt.”
England are set to face North Macedonia and Northern Ireland in two World Cup qualifiers this April, before attention turns to the European Championships on home soil, which get underway in July.
“This decision gives us continuity at this important final period as we build towards the tournament,” said Sarina Wiegman. “It is important we give everyone clarity at this stage.
“Leah has been a great leader for us and I know she will continue to set the example we need in her work on and off the pitch. While I know this is significant news for our fans, for me the most important thing is that we work hard in training and perform to the best we can in our matches as a team. The main thing is we are ready for our World Cup qualifiers and then the EURO this summer.
“She joins a proud list of England captains and will be following in the footsteps of the likes of the first captain Sheila Parker but also her predecessor Steph Houghton who have all been integral for the women’s game.”