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Arsenal ace Williamson named England Women’s Championship captain, Millie Bright confirmed as vice-skipper

LEAH WILLIAMSON will lead the Lionesses at the Euros in July as the team look to win the tournament on home soil.

And Chelsea defender Millie Bright has been confirmed as England’s runner-up, with Ellen White next in line.

Leah Williamson will captain England at the Women's Euros this summer

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Leah Williamson will captain England at the Women’s Euros this summerCredit: Alamy

The news comes seven months after Williamson, 25, was appointed England skipper in the absence of Steph Houghton.

The longtime Manchester City ace has been out of action since last September after suffering an Achilles injury.

Before that, Houghton, 33, had captained the Lionesses since she first wore the armband in January 2014.

And the WSL veteran led the team to the 2019 World Cup semi-finals, where they lost to eventual tournament winner USA.

Williamson, who made her senior international debut in 2017 with a World Cup qualifying win over Russia, said: “This is an incredibly proud moment for me and my family and I’m honored to be asked to join us to lead the European Championship.

“Steph Houghton is one of the greats of this country and to follow in her footsteps – and all the special names that have led the team in the past – means so much.

“Even though I will wear the armband, I know we have a squad full of leaders who share my pride and passion for playing for our country.

“Whether I’m captain or not, I will not take anything for granted and will do my best for England every time I put the shirt on.”

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Lionesses boss Sarina Wiegman, 52, added: “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.

“She joins a proud roster of England captains and will follow in the footsteps of players like first captain Sheila Parker but also her predecessor Steph Houghton, all of whom have been crucial to women’s football.

“While I know this is important news for our fans, the most important thing for me is that we work hard in training and do our best in our games as a team.

“The main thing is that we are ready for our World Cup qualification and then for the European Championships this summer.”

A lifelong Arsenal fan, Williamson has helped the club to a WSL title, League Cup and FA Cup victories since making her senior gunners debut in 2014.

Chelsea centre-back Millie Bright became England's vice-captain at the Euro

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Chelsea centre-back Millie Bright became England’s vice-captain at the EuroPhoto credit: Getty

And the versatile centre-back, who has 27 caps for England, led the side to an Arnold Clark Cup victory after drawing against Canada and Spain and losing to Germany.

The Lionesses, who are at the top of their World Cup qualifying group, meet North Macedonia away on Friday before meeting Northern Ireland at Windsor Park on Tuesday.

The team has been unbeaten since Wiegman took on her role as head coach last September.

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