From a Monday morning lecture at 9am to performing in front of 90,000 people at Wembley Stadium
The England soccer team was in top form last night as they beat Sweden 4-0 to reach the Euro 2022 final. But it wasn’t just on the pitch that they got top marks. A staggering 10 players in the current squad have college degrees alongside all their trophies and footballing achievements. From Leeds Beckett to Loughborough, the Lionesses have studied everything from business and management to art history and leadership.
Here’s a look at all the current England football team players who went to uni and what they studied. You never know, you might have encountered one or two in a university BUCS match.
Mary Earps – University of Loughborough
Manchester United goalkeeper Mary Earps kept an impressive clean sheet against Sweden last night but played for Birmingham, Bristol City and Reading between 2012 and 2016 while studying Information Management and Business Administration at Loughborough.
Mary, who graduated 2-1 at Loughborough, said it was the only open house she had attended and she had dreamed of going to uni since she first went 10 years ago Visited the campus once.
Lucy Bronze – Leeds Beckett
Seven years before she was named FIFA Best Player in 2020, Lucy Bronze was a star on the Leeds Beckett football team. In 2013 she completed her studies in sports science.
In typical student fashion, she put off her dissertation to the last minute and proudly boasts that she did it in a week. Her dissertation was entitled: “Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries in Elite Female Soccer Players: Determinants and Prevention Strategies”.
Rachel Daly – St. John’s University
Rachel Daly studied in New York, where she played for the St. John’s University football team. She became their all-time leading scorer in her three years at varsity, scoring 59 goals in 60 games. Given the strong attacking options in the current England side, she has featured at left-back throughout the tournament so far.
Beth Mead-Teeside University
Arsenal striker Beth Mead graduated in 2016 with a BA in Sport Development. Last week Teeside University launched the Beth Mead Scholarship which will support four football scholars who enroll this September with £1,200 in bursaries.
Demi Stokes – University of South Florida
Demi Stokes accepted a four-year scholarship to study at the University of South Florida in 2011. She split her time between playing for the college football team and flying home to play for the England team. At the end of 2014 she graduated with a major in General Studies and a minor in Management.
Lotte Wubben-Moy – University of North Carolina
Like the 18-year-old from Surrey in Chiang Mai, Lotte Wubben-Moy describes how she “finds” herself in college. Admittedly, she said it sounded cliche when she said it. The Arsenal defender is one of four lionesses to have studied in America. She graduated with a major in Sports and Exercise Science and a minor in Art History.
Is it a surprise that two of the current England squad went to Loughborough. If the sports university were a country, it would have surpassed Sweden, Switzerland and Belgium at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Midfielder Jill Scott studied sport at Loughborough alongside international team-mate Carly Telford.
Alessia Russo – University of North Carolina
After her outrageous heel strike last night to make it 3-0, Alessia Russo announced herself as a future England star. Before that, she had already made waves throughout the American college system. She described her three years at the University of North Carolina as the best years of her youth, in which she was able to balance high-performance sports, partying and an active social life.
“When I was young I thought if I can get the best of both worlds then why not take it,” she told Soccerbible last year.
Beth England – BPP University
Beth England studied law part-time at Doncaster Rovers between 2011 and 2015. Beth received a scholarship to private university and traveled nearly 180 miles each week to attend lectures in London from her hometown of Barnsley.
Nikita Parris-Liverpool John Moores
Former exercise scientist Nikita Parris graduated from John Moores in 2018. Her personal tutor said her success for England surprised no one at the university.
“She shows the same focus, motivation and enthusiasm that we saw on the course last year. She has taken the advice and experience to balance her studies and is now applying this to her football career. We’re all very proud of their success,” she said in 2019.
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