SEFTON-born Lioness Alex Greenwood has been hailed an “inspiration” to young girls after she helped England win the Women's Euro 2022.
Greenwood, 28, who was born in Bootle, and honed her skills at Litherland Sports Park, 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: “Alex’s sporting heroics will come as no surprise to her family, friends and young sporting stars back home in Sefton.
“Many will recognise Alex from her time training at our very own Litherland Sports Park, where she tirelessly honed the skill and commitment that saw her rocket to the very top of the women’s game.
“Others will remember Alex’s motivational speech at our Sefton Sports Awards night a few years ago, as she encouraged youngsters to remain resilient and determined in everything they do.
“Alex has continued to inspire and motivate the next generation of women footballers and other youngsters in the borough.
“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 offer 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 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.