Get to know the squad: Player profile | Lauren James
Lauren James is a forward for Chelsea FC and England. She is one of the most creative players in the world and at just 21, she has a long and bright career ahead.
Along with her brother Reece James, another professional footballer, the London-born star has become a regular at club level.
She is an attacking player with impressive technical ability and the strength to hold off the opposition beat defenders and shoot sublime shots.
She will be vital for this World Cup.
James was first called up for England’s senior squad in November 2020 after her impressive display with Manchester United during the WSL 2020-2021 campaign.
James was already well known to the England coaching staff having played at the development level with the WU17s and WU19s.
Lauren James had been part of Chelsea’s academy between the under-10s and under-14s- joining at the age of just six. She then moved to Arsenal, where she quickly broke through the ranks to make her debut in 2017 on her 16th birthday, becoming the club’s second-youngest player.
By the summer of 2018, she had signed with Manchester United and helped them to win promotion from the Women’s Championship and into the BWSL, where she ended her first campaign as the top scorer.
The summer of 2021 saw her return to London by re-joining Chelsea. Her brother Reece James plays for Chelsea and England senior teams.
The pair grew up playing football together in the park outside their home in Mortlake. Their dad Nigel is a successful football coach.
Lauren is an extraordinary attacking player who has remarkable technical abilities. She can also play comfortably out wide, behind the striker as a number ten or in midfield.
Her incredible run towards the end of the last season saw her recalled to the England squad by Sarina Wiegman in August 2022.
She made her senior team debut on Saturday 3 September 2022 when she came on as a substitute against Austria in the World Cup qualifier.