Published 15 June 2022 5 min read
England Women's Senior Team

Joy Crookes leads cast of stars to name England squad

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David Gerty

David Beckham, Alex Scott, Ian Wright, Fara Williams, Sky Brown, Anne-Marie and Rio Ferdinand join Crookes to support England’s EURO 2022 squad reveal
 
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Singer-songwriter Joy Crookes has teamed up with a host of famous faces to release ‘Our England’, a film that premieres today in celebration of the announcement of England’s final squad for UEFA Women’s UEFA EURO 2022.
 
Three time Brit-nominated Crookes, penned the narrative behind ‘Our England’, a film that delivers a message of community and creates a sense of unity as the nation comes together as one football family this summer.
 
Crookes’ lyrics reflect on the journeys that each of the players have travelled to reach this moment in their career building the sense of excitement and renewed hope that comes ahead of a major tournament. 
 
The film closes with a rallying call to fans up and down the country to come together and get behind ‘Our England’ this summer.
 
Visually the film tells the story of excitement and new hope that surrounds women’s and girls’ football through the eyes of young aspiring player Rahima, an 11-year-old graduate of our Weetabix Wildcats programme – a programme designed to give girls the chance to play football for the very first time, to have fun and make friends with other girls their own age.
Ian Wright was among the famous faces involved in the England Women's EURO 2022 squad launch video
Ian Wright was among the famous faces involved in the England Women's EURO 2022 squad launch video
Rahima darts from her bedroom on to the football pitch and into a community clubhouse as we follow her in her pursuit to complete her England sticker book and reveal the squad.
 
On her journey Rahima bumps into a host of names and faces that have helped shape and define the fabric of women’s football today - from the grassroots game right through to the Lionesses’ most capped player, Fara Williams. Rahima closes the story at Wembley Stadium connected by EE where, with the help of former England men’s captain, David Beckham, she completes her sticker book and in turn reveals the final 23 names.

Former England internationals Ian Wright, Rio Ferdinand and Alex Scott feature in the film alongside Olympian Sky Brown, comedian Munya Chawawa and creators Amelia Dimoldenberg, Chunkz, Yungfilly and Elz the Witch.
 
Renowned female artist Kelly Anna illustrates the squad names in the final frame of the film, subtitling the squad list with ‘She Shoots, we Score’ – a message that embodies the spirit, passion and collective anticipation that the nation feels as England gets ready to compete.
 
“It was an absolute honour to be part of this announcement and to be given the opportunity to stand alongside these 23 incredible women as they get ready for the EUROs this summer,” said Crookes.
 
“Hopefully I’ve been able to capture the true spirit of the team and excite fans across the country to come together and give this squad the support they deserve when the tournament kicks-off in July.”
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