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Katie Chapman

Personal information
Full nameKatie Sarah Chapman
Date of birth15 June 1982(age 34)
Place of birthBermondsey, London, England
Height1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing positionMidfielder
Club information
Current clubArsenal Ladies

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Katie Sarah Chapman (born 15 June 1982) is an English footballer who plays for English club Arsenal Ladies in the FA WSL and is a former member of the England women's national team. She primarily plays as a central midfielder, although she has also been deployed in central defence while playing for England. Chapman is known for her strength, fierce tackling and heading ability. A mother of two, Chapman is described as "a physical player who handles a brunt of the dirty work in the middle of the pitch. She also can produce on the offensive end in a big game." Her playing ability, profile and influence have drawn comparisons to former England captain and fellow Londoner David Beckham.

Chapman began her football career playing at primary school in her hometown of Bermondsey. At the age of ten, she joined leading women's club Millwall Lionesses. In the 1996 97 season, Chapman made her senior team debut at the age of 14. She became a regular starter in the team and also participated in the 1997 FA Women's Premier League Cup and FA Women's Cup final wins. In the 1998 99 campaign, Chapman won the FA Young Player of the Year award. Already a full England international, she left Millwall in 2000 to sign a professional contract with Fulham. She played on the teams that won back-to-back promotions, as well as the 2001 02 Premier League Cup and FA Women's Cup. In June 2001 Chapman was again named FA Young Player of the Year. After two years with Charlton Athletic from 2004, Chapman joined Arsenal Ladies and reached prominence with the team in her first season, winning a domestic treble as well as the UEFA Women's Cup. She had missed significant sections of the 2002 03 and 2007 08 seasons through pregnancy, and spent a single season with WPS team Chicago Red Stars in 2010, before returning to Arsenal Ladies.

Chapman is a former England U - 18 captain. She made her senior international debut aged 17 in May 2000 in a 2001 UEFA Women's Championship qualification match against Switzerland. The following month, she made her first start against Norway. In March 2002 she netted her first senior international goal in a 4 1 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification win in the Netherlands. Chapman has represented England at four major international tournaments; UEFA Euro 2001, UEFA Euro 2005, 2007 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2009. A two - time winner of the FA International Player of the Year in 2002 and 2010, Chapman retired from the national team in March 2011 with a total of 82 caps and eight goals.

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