Prince Williams visits St George's ParkFran Kirby and the England Women’s squad had the pleasure of meeting the Duke of Cambridge at St George’s Park this afternoon.
After being greeted by head coach Mark Sampson and captain Steph Houghton, Prince William was introduced to all of the women’s squad before posing for a group photo.
The Duke, who is also President of the FA, then watched over a training session and, afterwards, was presented with an England shirt for the newest member of the Royal family – his daughter, Princess Charlotte.
Next week, the England Women’s squad fly out to Canada for next month’s World Cup. They face a pre-tournament friendly with the host nation, and then group matches against France, Mexico and Colombia once the competitive action gets underway.
Kirby’s inclusion in the Lionesses’ squad means she is set to become the first female Reading player to ever represent the club at a World Cup. She is also the only player from WSL2 to be included by Sampson.
The striker, who has earned eight England caps since making her debut last summer, came off the bench in front of 45,000 spectators at Wembley Stadium against Germany in November and scored her second international goal against China last month.
Kirby was also an important member of the England squad for this year’s Cyprus Cup campaign - a tournament that the Lionesses won.
In November of last year, she became the club’s first ever professional female player and, this season, she has already struck 11 league goals in five appearances.
Reading FC Women take on Millwall Lionesses at Madejski Stadium on Friday evening. Click here for more information.