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Legacy number
215
Dob
08 February 1999 (25YRS)
Height
5FT 8" (173cm)
Place of birth
Maidstone, England
Current club
Arsenal WFC
England debut
11/03/2020
Senior caps
40
Senior Goals
19

Grassroots club: Bearsted Girls
County FA:
Kent

One of the stand-out performers during England's UEFA Women's EURO title winning summer of 2022, Kent-born Alessia received her first call up to the England senior squad in February 2020, when she was named in the group for the SheBelieves Cup in the USA.

After initially being selected as a training player for the trip, she was added to the squad for the competition following an injury to Lucy Bronze and made her senior debut on 11 March 2020 in the final match against Spain, coming on for Toni Duggan as a second-half substitute.

No stranger to American soil, having played for the North Carolina Tar Heels since 2017 while studying at college, Alessia has been a regular for England throughout the junior ranks right back to the U15 team.

She was part of the Young Lionesses squad who brought home bronze medals from the 2018 FIFA U20 Women's World Cup, having also previously played at the FIFA U17 World Cup in Jordan in 2016.

Before heading Stateside, Russo came through the ranks with Chelsea, where she captained their development team and went on to feature in the early stages of the Conti Cup. She then moved on to Brighton & Hove Albion, where she played in the Spring Series of the FA WSL in 2017.

In September 2020, she sealed a return to England when she joined Manchester United on a two-year contract and it was her form there which propelled her into a regular spot in Sarina Wiegman's squad and then a switch to Arsenal just days before heading to Australia with the England squad for the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023.

The forward's first start for her country came during the 1-1 draw with Canada in the opening match of the Arnold Clark Cup.

And Russo's first goals for England's senior team came during the 20-0 win over Latvia, when after coming on as a substitute, she bagged an 11-minute hat-trick, the fastest in Lionesses' history.

She'll always be remembered for her role in the EURO success though, netting memorable goals against Northern Ireland and in the semi-final against Sweden with her famous back-heel goal crowning an unforgettable night at Bramall Lane.

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