Captain of the Irish nationwide crew because the age of 21, Arsenal’s Katie McCabe has the honour of main her crew out at their first main championship on the 2023 Women’s World Cup. The versatile left-sided participant has been ever-present for her membership and nation in recent times and would be the fulcrum of Ireland’s bid to drag off an almighty shock this summer time.
Born in Kilnamanagh, southern Dublin, and one in every of ten siblings, McCabe started her footballing journey enjoying in boys’ youth groups for Kilnamanagh and Crumlin earlier than becoming a member of her first all-girls crew at aged ten.
At 16, she joined Raheny United as a part of the newly-formed Women’s National League in Ireland, hitting the bottom working with two league titles and three cup victories in her first three years.
Having seen a soccer scholarship to Florida State University break down after a devastating leg break, the full-back continued to ply her commerce within the Irish league for an extra two seasons all whereas dwelling at house together with her dad and mom and dealing throughout the week at Nandos.
In 2015, McCabe would get her massive transfer, turning down a bunch of different gives to affix Arsenal within the Women’s Super League. After struggling in her first yr, McCabe spent a yr on mortgage in Scotland however returned to the north London aspect the next season, changing into an important cog within the aspect because the crew gained the WSL title.
In complete, she has performed 119 instances for the membership, scoring 19 instances. In the 2022/23 season, McCabe loved one in every of her greatest years on the membership, capturing the Player of the Season award, a spot within the Champions League crew of the season, and crew silverware with victory within the Conti Cup.
McCabe has 75 caps for her nation, scoring 19 instances. Having made her debut again in 2015, she was named captain by former head coach, Colin Bell in 2017 changing into the youngest within the crew’s historical past.