As a footballer there is one phone call more than any other that can reduce you to tears of joy.
Put yourself into Christiansen’s shoes. You’re one of the most consistent players in the Women’s Super League and England manager Mark Sampson is about to choose his England Women’s squad. You receive an email informing you that you’ve made the next squad. The midfielder then had to compose herself before receiving the phone call every player in the country wants to hear.
Christiansen actually began her career on the red side of Manchester, before joining Everton Ladies. Her impressive performances meant she would break into the Toffees’ first team squad in 2008. Despite her young age, the Everton midfielder went on to make her Champions League debut with the Merseyside club.
The stint at Everton came to an end with Christiansen opting to join FA Women’s Super League side Birmingham City. During her time with the Blues, she had the pleasure of lifting the FA Women’s Cup in 2012. The game was a thriller with Birmingham City Ladies overcoming Chelsea Ladies on penalties. As well as boasting an FA Women’s Cup winners’ medal, it also allowed the Macclesfield-born player to add to her Champions League experience.
Her form and high-level performances didn’t go unnoticed. The Englishwoman has a lot of international experience having progressed through the England youth teams. Starting at under-15s and working her way through to the under-23’s side, before now being part of the senior squad.
Christiansen’s England won the u-19’s UEFA Women’s Championship in 2009. Throughout the tournament, she scored two goals, one coming in the semi-final win over Switzerland and the other in a 4-0 Group Stage win over Iceland. She would go on to start in the final where she played 79 minutes.
Her international tournament experience didn’t end there. She was also part of the under-17 squad in the 2008 World Cup and the under-20 team in the 2010 World Cup. Christiansen was also part of the Great Britain side that won gold in the 2013 Summer Universiade in Russia.
2014 was a special year for the midfielder; firstly she completed her move from Birmingham City to Manchester City Ladies. She enjoyed a fine season with some fantastic performances, but her stand out game came against Arsenal Ladies in the 2014 FA WSL Continental Cup Final.
The 23-year-old rose highest in the penalty area to head home the winning goal and give Manchester City Ladies their first piece of silverware.
Christiansen is certainly a player to keep an eye on, she’s one of the most promising players in the WSL. If her form continues, then we will be seeing her in an England shirt regularly.