ELLA Toone played her part in England’s emphatic win over Sweden on Tuesday, July 26, helping to send the team into the Women’s Euros final.

Ella, from Tyldesley, came on as a 79th minute substitute as England scored four past the Group D winners.

Goals from Beth Mead, Lucy Bronze, Alessia Russo and Fran Kirkby secured the win, with England due to face either Germany or France in the final at Wembley Stadium on Sunday, July 31.

Ella, who studied at Fred Longworth High School and Wigan & Leigh College, scored a decisive equaliser in the quarter-final against Spain which helped her team progress into the semi-final.

Leigh Journal: Ella scored an 84th minute equaliser against Spain in the quarter-finalElla scored an 84th minute equaliser against Spain in the quarter-final

The 22-year-old midfielder’s first memories of football are said to be at Hindsford Football Club in Tyldesley, where her brother played and her dad played and managed.

She then joined Astley & Tyldesley Girls team and was the only girl footballer in the team at St George's Primary School and Fred Longworth High School - where she still pays a visit from time to time.

After training with Blackburn Rovers and Manchester City Centre of Excellence, she signed for her supported club Manchester United in 2018.

Leigh Journal: England's route to the final (PA Graphics)England's route to the final (PA Graphics)

With the Euros shining more light on the Women’s game, the 22-year-old told England Football:

"It is amazing how much is being done now to encourage girls to play football.

"Little girls now have role models where we are on the television a lot, we’re on social media and loads of girls are coming to games now.

"We just want to be the perfect role model for them and show them that they can achieve what they want to achieve.

"The game is really growing and hopefully, it grows even more and we can get more young girls into football."