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Ambassador: Faye White

Published: Tuesday 1 January 2013, 18.48CET
Faye White is the ambassador for the 2013 final at Stamford Bridge, London.
Ambassador: Faye White
Faye White ©Getty Images
Published: Tuesday 1 January 2013, 18.48CET

Ambassador: Faye White

Faye White is the ambassador for the 2013 final at Stamford Bridge, London.

Date of birth: 02/02/1978
Nationality: English
Playing career:
Horsham WFC/Three Bridges LFC, Arsenal LFC, Ottawa Fury (loan)
UEFA honours: UEFA Women's Cup (2007)

Faye White's England career stretched over 15 years and she achieved massive success at club where she has spent virtually all of her playing career, Arsenal. A senior first-team player for Horsham (soon renamed Three Bridges) aged 14, White signed for Arsenal four years later and was swiftly established at the heart of their central defence.

In her first Arsenal season, they won their maiden English title. That number has now reached 12 as the Gunners have become the dominant force in English women's football, and in 2006/07 they won every trophy they could win including the UEFA Women's Cup – and previously injury-stricken White came off the bench in the second leg of the final against Umeå IK.

White's earliest England call came when she was still at Three Bridges – the first time a non top-flight player had been picked. Her debut was in 1997 against Scotland and she helped take England to the UEFA Women's EURO 2001 finals. Made captain in 2002, she has led England in two FIFA Women's World Cups and two UEFA Women's EUROs – reaching the 2009 final despite suffering a fractured cheekbone.

Retiring from the England team in April 2012 after becoming pregnant (her son Lukas was born that October) and quitting football altogether in March 2013 due to constant knee problems, she remains one of the highest-profile figures in British women's football. She appears regularly on television and was made an MBE in 2006. She works for Arsenal as a development officer.

Last updated: 20/03/13 11.20CET

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