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Gabrielle George

Everton beat a number of rivals to the signing of Gabby George when the talented defender penned senior terms with the Club ahead of the 2014 FA WSL season.

Previously at Manchester United's Centre of Excellence, George was immediately added to then-manager Andy Spence's first-team squad and made her league debut in April 2014, against Notts County.

George made a further 14 appearances despite being just 17 years of age and played in the FA Women's Cup final against Arsenal.

Under the tutelage of experienced fellow defender Lindsay Johnson, George continued to flourish and was named the 2015 North West Rising Star. The arrival of Georgia Brougham in 2016 saw the Mancunian duo form a robust centre-half pairing.

George was ever-present during Everton's triumphant 2017 Spring Series campaign.

After becoming the first Everton Ladies player to sign a professional contract in summer 2017, George remained a fixture in the side as the Blue Girls returned to WSL and was named joint-vice captain alongside Brougham.

George earned her first senior England call for a January 2018 training camp in La Manga.

She held onto her place when Phil Neville took charge of the Lionesses and travelled to the 2018 SheBelieves Cup tournament as part of the former Everton captain's first squad.

 

George, capped by England at age-group levels from Under-17 to Under-23, made her full international debut in a 6-0 World Cup qualifying win over Kazakhstan in September 2018 and after another assured campaign at club level signed a two-year deal to keep her at Everton until summer 2021.

She played 17 games in all competitions in her first season of that new contract but suffered a full anterior cruciate ligament rupture when Everton won 5-0 at Bristol City in mid-February to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals.


With the campaign curtailed because of the coronavirus outbreak soon after, George's injury forced her out of only one 2019/20 WSL game, Everton's first fixture at their new Walton Hall Park ground, against former team United.

 

Contracted until: June 2021