Tottenham Women complete signing of Lionesses star Beth England with WSL side smashing the British transfer record to seal £250,000 deal for forward as former boss Emma Hayes pays tribute to ‘Chelsea legend’
- Tottenham Women have set a recent British transfer record in landing Beth England
- The WSL side agreed a take care of Chelsea value £250,000 for the striker
- England was a part of the Lionesses squad that won the Euros, but didn’t play
- Her move will surpass the previous record set by Lauren James’ move in 2021
Tottenham Women have smashed the British transfer record to sign Beth England from Chelsea.
Sportsmail reported back in December that the 28-year-old forward had agreed to hitch Spurs in a move value £250,000.
Spurs’ recent recruit wrote on Twitter: “My next chapter. I’m so excited to hitch @SpursWomen.
Beth England has accomplished her record £250,000 move from Chelsea to Tottenham Hotspur
Striker England has joined a Spurs side who’ve been struggling for goals this term
“Buzzing to fulfill up with the ladies and start at this great club. Let’s write some history together!”
Chelsea manager Emma Hayes paid tribute to England’s service to the Blues following her departure.
‘Beth has given tremendous service to the club. She has contributed to all of our success over the past seven years and he or she leaves a winner and a Chelsea legend,’ she said.
‘We wish her the absolute best for the subsequent stage of her profession.’
Lauren James’s £200,000 transfer from Manchester to Chelsea in 2021 was the previous record for a player moving between Women’s Super League clubs but England’s move makes her the most costly British player within the WSL.
Tottenham Women have broken the British transfer record to sign Chelsea’s Beth England
Rehanne Skinner’s (pictured) side have paid £250,000 for the 28-year-old forward
Keira Walsh holds the record for an English player moving abroad, along with her summer move from Manchester City to Barcelona believed to be around £400,000.
England said goodbye to her Chelsea team-mates before Christmas after the club had beaten Paris Saint-Germain within the Champions League.
Tottenham have struggled for goals this season but hope England will hit the bottom running when the league re-starts in January.
Spurs, who’re eighth within the WSL table, have managed just 11 goals in nine league games this season, with eight of those coming in the identical match.
England has already said goodbye to her Chelsea team-mates ahead of her move to Spurs
The deal surpasses the record set when Lauren James moved from Man United to Chelsea
England has 11 goals in 21 games for the Lionesses and was a part of the Euro-winning squad this summer, though she didn’t play a minute within the tournament.
England has recently struggled for taking part in time at Chelsea and has began just two league games all season.
The striker was disregarded of Sarina Wiegman’s last two England squads in October and November. Her last goals for the Lionesses got here in September’s World Cup qualifier against Luxembourg.
It is known England’s motivation to be picked for next summer’s World Cup squad played a giant part in her decision to go away Chelsea.
England stands along with her PFA Women’s Player of the 12 months award in 2020 after an excellent season
Wiegman can only pick 23 players after FIFA denied requests for squads to be increased to 26, meaning competition for places is much more fierce.
England has been at Chelsea since 2016 after joining the club from Doncaster Rovers. She scored 10 goals in 16 matches during a loan spell with Liverpool within the 2017-2018 season before returning to the Blues.
The forward was Chelsea’s top scorer in the next campaign with 22 goals in all competitions before repeating that feat within the 2019-2020 season, which was curtailed because of Covid-19.
England, who also scored the winning goal within the Continental League Cup final that yr, was named the WSL player of the season because the Blues were awarded the title on points per game.
England scored a brace to assist Chelsea win the Continental Cup final against Arsenal in 2020