Women's Team

City's Euro stars: Ellie Roebuck

The eagerly-awaited 2022 Women's Euros kicks-off two weeks today!

City will have 11 representatives at this summer's tournament, sporting the colours of England, Sweden, Norway and Spain.

As we build-up to the highly-anticipated competition, which will be played across ten English venues from 6 to 31 July, including the Academy Stadium, we shine the spotlight on our Blue stars.

We begin with the last line of defence with our super shot-stopper, Ellie Roebuck...

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Player profile

Position: Goalkeeper
Birthplace: Sheffield
Date of birth: 23 September 1999
Age: 22
Height: 5' 9" (174cm)

Appearances

City: 114
Senior debut: v Birmingham City, 30 October 2016
Clean sheets: 54

International: 8 (England), 4 (Team GB)
Senior debut: v Austria, 8 November 2018

Honours

City: FA Women's Super League Champion (2016), FA Cup winner (2017, 2018/19, 2019/20), Continental Cup winner (2016, 2018/19, 2021/22)

International: Arnold Clark Cup winner (2020), represented Team GB at the 2020 Olympic Games

Individual: FA WSL Golden Glove (2019/20)

About Ellie

Since making her debut for City as a teenager in 2016, Roebuck has gone from strength-to-strength between the sticks and now stands as one of the world's best young goalkeepers.

It has been a rapid rise to stardom for the 22-year-old, who now dons the gloves regularly for both Club and country.

Composed even when under pressure, she is a calming influence to the backline with excellent distribution - both long and short - in addition to her shot-stopping ability.

A commanding presence, she is immensely driven with an unwavering desire to 'be the best' and earned global recognition for her efforts with a nomination for FIFA's TheBest Goalkeeper award in a star-studded shortlist, which also featured Ann-Katrin Berger, Sarah Bouhaddi, Christiane Endler, Hedvig Lindahl and Alyssa Naeher.

Aged just 21, it was an impressive feat but came as no surprise to many, given her fine displays since her breakthrough campaign in 2017/18, as she deputised admirably in Karen Bardsley's absence and went on to clinch the Club's Rising Star award and receive her full England debut.

In 2019/20, she claimed the league's inaugural Golden Glove award and was nominated for the PFA Young Player of the Year and PFA Bristol Street Motors WSL Fans' Player of the Year prizes.

Her influential performances have helped City to eight pieces of silverware, as she has increased her level of impact year-on-year by forcing herself into the starting XI.

She gained another PFA Player of the Year nomination and fulfilled a lifelong dream of playing an an FA Cup Final at Wembley, and then another with a spot in Team GB's Olympic squad for the 2020 Tokyo Games - an experience she declared had 'made her a better player.'

Though she missed the first half of the 2021/22 campaign, it was no coincidence that City's fortunes improved with Roebuck back and she finally made her 100th appearance for the Club at just 22 in February, before going on to amass Bardsley's total and top the chart for goalkeeping appearances.

Talented, hard-working and personable, she is a highly-respected member of both the City and England squads. Though she faces stern competition for the Lionesses gloves, she shares a healthy relationship with fellow goalkeepers Mary Earps and Hannah Hampton, keen to drive standards and better herself.

As Club managers Gareth Taylor and Nick Cushing both declared, there are no limits to what Roebuck can go on to achieve with the work ethic and exceptional talent she holds in her locker.

Fixtures

England v Austria
Wednesday 6 July, 20:00
Old Trafford, Manchester
BBC One

England v Norway
Monday 11 July, 20:00
American Express Community Stadium, Brighton
BBC

Northern Ireland v England
Friday 15 July, 20:00
St Mary's Stadium, Southampton
BBC

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