The official website for European football

Fern Whelan

Fern Whelan
Fern Whelan (England) ©Sportsfile

Fern Whelan

The 2007 UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championship finals were blessed with a number of bright sparks if no immediate bone fide star. Germany's Isabel Kerschowski was a ready threat and Amandine Henry gracefully pulled the strings for France yet perhaps Fern Whelan shone a little brighter, leading England by example.

Mo Marley's team would finish the tournament in Iceland satisfied in the knowledge that they had never progressed so far after pushing Germany all the way in the final, yet it could all have been very different. Trailing Poland in their opening group game they won a free-kick deep into injury time. Sophie Walton stepped up, delivering into the crowded area where Whelan rose highest to power in a header. England's campaign had been revived in an instant.

A natural leader at the heart of the defence, Whelan showed her team the way throughout the tournament as they exceeded expectations, wins against Norway and well-fancied France helping them beyond the last four for the first time. Goalkeeper Danielle Hill may have been the most vociferous member of the England side, but it was Everton centre-back Whelan who orchestrated a compact defence.

Fleet of foot, strong in the tackle and imperial in the air, she seldom came off second best, even if she did have to settle for a runners-up medal when Germany finally broke through the barricades in extra time during the final. Competition proved fierce for a senior breakthrough, but she managed it as a substitute in a 2-0 May 2011 defeat of Sweden.

Last updated: 30/11/11 12.26CET

Match log

The home team is listed first.Last updated: 04/12/2014 06:53 CET
22.09.2011UEFA Women's EUROQualifying group stageEnglandEngland4-0SloveniaSlovenia1400

UEFA Best Player in Europe Award

Team of the Year

General info

  • Name: Fern Whelan
  • Position: Defender
  • Date of birth (Age): 05/12/1988 (25)
  • Country: England
  • Club: Everton ( ENG)

  • UEFA competition debut:
  • Club: UEFA Women's Champions League (First qualifying round)
    09/08/07: Everton 4-0 Gintra
  • National team: UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championship (Second qualifying round)
    26/04/05: England 4-0 Moldova

Career statistics

National team record in UEFA competitions

England WOCO10
England WU-19203

Club record in UEFA competitions

UEFA Women's Champions League
Last updated: 17/08/2013 02:08 CET