As the much-anticipated Women’s World Cup gets underway, it is set to be the biggest one yet, with 32 teams and predicted record number of attendances. The Lionesses hope to lift the World Cup and continue to make history as they did last year when they became European champions.
With this in mind, online casinos comparison service, CasinoAlpha has revealed which players in the England Women’s team are the most influential off the pitch, by looking at who is the most followed on Instagram.
The most influential England player is Lucy Bronze. The Barcelona right-back has 560,491 followers on Instagram, the most out of any player in the England squad, and an engagement rate of 6.8%. Bronze has the potential to make £3,600 per sponsored Instagram post.
Bronze is one of the most experienced players in the team, playing a pivotal part in England winning the Euros last year. She is also among the highest-paid female players, reportedly earning around £200,000 a year playing for Barcelona. She has 105 England caps and has scored 12 goals for England; this tournament will be her third World Cup.
Chloe Kelly comes in second with an Instagram following of 558,976. Kelly can earn up to £3,500 per Instagram post and has an engagement rate of 8.7%. The Manchester City forward scored the winning goal in the Euros final last summer, cementing her place in football history. Kelly has made 26 England appearances, but this will be her first World Cup.
In third place is Alessia Russo, with 510,096 followers and an engagement rate of 11.3%, meaning she can earn up to £3,300 per sponsored Instagram post. Having recently signed for Arsenal, Russo became a sought-after forward due to superb performances at the Euros last year, which included a backheel semi-final goal that went viral online. This will also be the first World Cup for Alessia, who has made 22 England appearances in her career so far.
Lauren James features in fourth place. The Chelsea forward has 496,661 followers on Instagram, one of the highest engagement rates of 13.2%, and can earn up to £3,300 per sponsored post.
After a successful season with Chelsea, the 21-year-old is expected to be one of the tournament’s star players. This is her first World Cup and she has only 11 England caps so far.
In fifth place is Manchester United midfielder Ella Toone. Toone has 495,321 followers, an engagement rate of 10.2%, and can earn a potential £3,250 per sponsored Instagram post.
Toone became a fan favourite in last summer’s Euros, scoring in the quarter-final and final. She will be hoping to score more crucial goals going into her first World Cup.
Alex Greenwood is in sixth place. Greenwood has 416,183 Instagram followers and can make up to £2,850 per sponsored post. The Manchester City defender is one of the most experienced players in the squad with 75 caps, and his will be her third World Cup.
Coming in seventh place is Manchester United goalkeeper Mary Earps. The 30-year-old has 373,929 Instagram followers, an engagement rate of 9.6%, and can earn a potential £2,650 per sponsored post.
Earps played a huge role in the Lioness’ Euros win last year, making important saves in some crucial moments. Earps has made 34 England appearances, and previously attended the 2019 World Cup despite not playing in any of the games.
Rachel Daly is the eighth player to feature. She has 334,852 followers on Instagram, can earn up to £2,400 per sponsored post, and has an engagement rate of 4.5%.
The Aston Villa forward is known for her versatility, having played in defence during the Euros despite playing as a forward for her club.
In ninth place is Bayern Munich midfielder Georgia Stanway. Stanway can earn up to £2,300 per sponsored Instagram post and has 316,585 Instagram followers and an engagement rate of 7.6%.
Stanway was also one of the key players in the Lioness’ success last summer, scoring the winning goal in the quarter-final game against Spain.
The last player to feature in the top ten is Chelsea defender and new England captain Millie Bright. Bright has 299,362 Instagram followers, can earn up to £2,200 per sponsored post, and has an engagement rate of 6.2%.
Bright played a pivotal part in England’s defence at last year’s Euros, where the Lionesses conceded just one goal throughout the tournament. Millie will be captaining England at the Women’s World Cup this year, due to former captain Leah Williamson sustaining an injury.
Tudor Turiceanu, Chief Editor of CasinoAlpha commented:
“After winning the Euros last year, the Lionesses have continued to make history on and off the pitch. This success has made the players household names and increased their popularity on social media. It will be interesting to see if this team can go all the way this year too.”