Alex Greenwood (born 7 September 1993) is an English footballer who plays as a defender for Liverpool of the FA WSL. She previously played for Notts County and Everton, where she began her career. Greenwood has played for the England women's national football team since 2014 and was named the FA Women's Young Player of the Year in 2012. She can play at centre-back as well as left-back[3] and is considered to be a set-piece specialist.[4]

Greenwood shares England duties with Chelsea’s Claire Rafferty and manger, Mark Sampson usually rotates the two based on opponent as the two offer different qualities in the same role. With two more qualifiers on the horizon, Rafferty is likely to start both matches (home and away to Estonia and Belgium respectively) although Sampson has the option of bringing in Manchester City’s Demi Stokes for competition.  

Greenwood played in Everton's 2–0 2014 FA Women's Cup final defeat by Arsenal.[7] When the 2014 season culminated in Everton's relegation, Greenwood requested to leave in order to protect her national team place ahead of the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup. She signed for Notts County on a two-year contract for an undisclosed transfer fee.[8] The move disappointed Everton who wanted Greenwood to leave on loan and come back if they were promoted again.[9]

Despite playing for Everton Ladies, Greenwood was brought up as a Liverpool supporter and admired Jamie Carragher.[12] She attended Savio Salesian College.[13] In 2014 Greenwood was in a relationship with Jack O'Connell, also a professional footballer.[14]

"This is a fantastic move for me and I am really enthusiastic about the new season," she told the club's website.

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“Alex also offers us with a real threat going forward as she is outstanding offensively as well as offering us a threat from set pieces as she possesses superb delivery from dead ball situations.”

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A full-back with a strong left-foot, Greenwood has represented England at under-15, under 17 and under-19 levels, making her under-19 debut against Maldova in September 2010.

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Her preferred role is left back and offers a persistent threat going forward, unwilling to relinquish the ball as she flies down the left flank although her defensive nous and superb reading of the game make her available to play as centre back too. Well known for her pin-point delivery from crosses and dead ball situations, her left foot the greatest weapon in her arsenal and has remarked that her right foot is, “just for standing on.”

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Liverpool left-back, Alex Greenwood is set to miss the rest of the season after suffering damage to her ankle ligaments, her club confirmed this morning.

Liverpool-born Greenwood joined Everton at the age of eight, and progressed through the club's Centre of Excellence. In August 2010 she made her first team debut in the 2010–11 UEFA Women's Champions League qualification round.[5]

Liverpool Ladies signing Alex Greenwood “I had a great year at Notts County but this represents an exciting, new challenge and one that I am really looking forward to.”

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The Liverpool-born defender has progressed right through the Blues ranks, and made her senior debut in the 2010/11 UEFA Women's Champions League qualifying tournament in August 2010.

At the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, youngest member of the squad Greenwood shared England's left-back duties with Claire Rafferty. She won a bronze medal when the team beat Germany in the third place play-off.

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Greenwood, who was part of the England squad that finished third in the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada, is Scott Rogers' seventh signing since being named Liverpool boss. Speaking about signing for Liverpool Ladies, Greenwood said: “This is a fantastic move for me and I am really enthusiastic about the new season. This move also offers me with an opportunity to return home to Liverpool so I am delighted that the move has finally been completed.

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"We received a significant bid from Liverpool, which was close to our valuation for the player, and considering her wish to leave we reluctantly accepted the offer," Notts County Ladies chief executive Matthew Alexander said.

The fee, which is undisclosed, is a club record sale for Notts County who "reluctantly" accepted the offer from Liverpool.

When Everton's longstanding left-back Rachel Unitt signed for Birmingham City after the 2011 FA WSL season, Greenwood took over her place in the team. Throughout the 2012 season she performed so well that she was named FA Young Player of the Year at The Football Association (FA) Women's Football Awards in November.[6]

Greenwood captained England at youth level[11] and played at the 2012 UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship. Senior national team coach Mark Sampson selected her for the 2014 Cyprus Cup, where she made her debut against Italy on 5 March 2014. She scored her first goal for England in September 2014, during a 10–0 win in Montenegro.

She was most recently called-up to the Three Lions' under-19s side for their UEFA European Under-19s Championship Second Qualifying Round in Croatia in March 2011.In November 2012, Alex was named FA Young Player of the Year after becoming as regular for the Toffees in the Women’s Super League 2012 term.

Speaking on the acquisition of the England defender, Reds manager, Scott Rogers added: “I am delighted to have signed Alex who will be another important player for us next season. Alex is a top quality defender and is another crucial addition in helping us to improve on last season.