Ex-Reading FC star Fran Kirby helps England qualify for Euro 2022 final
Former Reading FC star Fran Kirby scored England’s fourth goal as they cruised past Sweden to progress to the Euro 2022 final.
The Lionesses can look forward to the final of the European Championships on Sunday at Wembley Stadium where they will face France or Germany.
Arsenal’s Beth Mead put England in front with sublime touch and finishing before full-back Lucy Bronze doubled the advantage with a header early in the second half.
Manchester United striker Alessia Russo scored with an exceptional back heel and Kirby completed the scoring with a lob to book England’s place in the final.
Kirby, who was born in Reading, came through the youth ranks with the Royals.
She joined the club aged seven and made her senior debut for Reading aged 16.
Kirby, who also attended local school Maiden Erlegh, broke into the Reading first team and scored a remarkable 68 goals in 42 league appearances for the Royals.
She moved to Chelsea in 2015 and scored 54 Women’s Super League goals in 85 games for the Blues.
Kirby has won a plethora of honors during her career, including two PFA Player of the Year awards, four WSL titles and three FA Cups.