Highly decorated and profoundly talented professional English footballer, Francesca Kirby, is a forward that plays for the Chelsea women's team and the England national team. She has represented her country multiple times during her career.
Initially starting her career playing for her hometown of Reading at the age of seven, it was clear that Francesca was talented. She worked her way through the youth teams, finally making her debut for the first team at 16 years old. During the 2012-13 season, Francesca was named FA Women's Premier League Southern Division's top scorer with a magnificent total of 32 goals in 21 appearances. She then went on to become the Women's Super League 2's top scorer in 2014, and thus became the first female player to receive a professional contract from Reading. At the end of the 2014 season, Francesca was announced as the WSL2 Players' Player of the Year.
Following a spectacular season in 2015, Francesca was transferred from Reading to Chelsea. Her influence in the match against Sunderland ultimately secured the club's first FA Women's Super League title in October 2015. Continuing into the 2016 season, Francesca scored Chelsea's return to Wembley Stadium in the 2016 FA WSL and thus went on to help win the title for a second time for Chelsea.
During her time at Chelsea, Francesca's form only improved and soon went on to win the title of PFA Player's Player of the Year and Football Writers' Women's Footballer of the Year for the 2017-18 season.
Having previously featured in the England Under-23 squad, in 2014 Francesca became the first WSL 2 player to be called up to the senior squad. Whilst she featured in the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, she unfortunately missed out on the last games from the quarter-finals onwards because of an injury. However, she was kept on to feature in the 2017 EUFA Women's Euro and was able to secure England's place in the quarter-final proving her superiority in the game.
Francesca was part of the gold medal-winning team at the 2013 Summer Universiade in Russia, being praised as a "stand out player", a clear indication of her talent and demonstration of what was to come for her future.