Millie Bright

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Millie Bright (born 21 August 1993) is an English professional footballer who plays as a defender for Chelsea who she captains, and the England national team. She previously played for Doncaster Belles and Leeds Ladies, and represented England on the under-19 and under-23 national teams.

Bright was named Vauxhall England Young Player of the Year in 2016. With Chelsea, she won three league titles in 2015, 2017–18, and 2019–20, as well as the 2015 and 2017–18 FA Women’s Cup. In 2020, she helped the club win the 2020 Women’s FA Community Shield.

Bright was named to the PFA Team of the Year for the 2017–18 and 2019–20 seasons. In 2020, she was named to the FIFA FIFPro Women’s World.

Born in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England, Bright spent her youngest years immersed in equestrianism. She developed pneumonia as a baby and spent some of her early childhood in the hospital with bouts of asthma. As a youth, Bright attended Sheffield Road School and Killamarsh Junior School, followed by Eckington School. Bright began playing football at age nine. After watching a friend play for Killamarsh Dynamos, a local team in Derbyshire, she decided to join as part of the “Where Greatness Is Made” campaign, a plaque honouring Bright was installed at the club in 2022. She was later scouted by Sheffield United and joined their academy team until age 16 before moving to Doncaster Rovers Belles in 2009.

Bright has represented England on the senior national team as well as numerous youth national teams, including the under-19 and under-23 national team squads. In June 2016, she scored a penalty kick goal against the United States during the final game of the Nordic Cup. Bright earned her first cap for the senior England national team in September 2016, as a last-minute substitute in a 2–0 win over Belgium.

In May 2019, Bright was selected to represent England at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France. She played in two of the three group matches as well as in the Round of 16, Quarter Final and Semi Final. She captained England for the first time in a friendly game against Canada on 13 April 2021. She was again called on to captain the squad by head coach Sarina Wiegman in the two November World Cup qualifiers against Austria and Latvia.

In June 2022, Bright was included in the England squad which won UEFA Women’s Euro 2022. Bright was allotted 197 when the FA announced their legacy numbers scheme to honour the 50th anniversary of England’s inaugural international. On 31 May 2023, Bright was named to the squad for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup in July 2023. On 16 August 2023, Bright assisted one of the three goals that got England into its first World Cup final.

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