A summer tournament is upon us and Liverpool have one representative as part of a side making history at the Women’s European Championships.
While Matt Beard and co. focus firmly on making a positive start to life in the WSL after their promotion last season, Rachel Furness sees her attention currently only on Northern Ireland.
It’s a history-making appearance for Northern Ireland, with the women’s side making their major tournament debut after a thrilling qualifying campaign.
Furness is an integral member of Kenny Shiels’ side and her five goals in qualifying proved key, helping to defy all odds as Northern Ireland overcame Ukraine to secure their spot.
The Liverpool midfielder is her country’s record international goalscorer, with her 38 strikes to date having moved her ahead of David Healy in the all-time list, and she will be out for more this summer.
The Women’s Euros sees 16 countries vying for the trophy this summer, with the tournament underway on July 6 and coming to a close on July 31.
Who is Rachel Furness?
The exciting midfielder joined the Reds in December 2019, quickly making her presence felt with her creativity and goals.
Liverpool’s No. 10 has vast experience in the WSL and is a long-standing international for her country, qualifying for Nothern Ireland through her mother.
Furness, born in Sunderland, has gone through her fair share of injury woes and scares, with two major knee operations, but has forged an impressive career that is a testament to her resilience.
While a consistent contributor for Liverpool, Furness’ tally of 38 goals in 84 appearances, as it currently stands, makes her a key piece of the puzzle for her country and that will remain the case this summer.
Northern Ireland’s group games
Drawn in Group A, Northern Ireland are based in Southampton for the group stage after England was handed hosting duties for the competition.
And Furness is to meet the Lionesses in the final group game:
- Norway – July 7, St Mary’s – 8pm (BST)
- Austria – July 11, St Mary’s – 5pm
- England – July 15, St Mary’s – 8pm
Only the top two in each group progress to the knockout stages.