Laura Coombs (footballer)
|Full name||Laura Coombs|
|Date of birth||29 January 1991|
|Place of birth||Gravesend, England|
|2010||→ Nottingham Forest (loan)|
|2011||→ Los Angeles Strikers (loan)||8||(1)|
|2012–2013||→ Barnet (loan)|
|2013||→ Los Angeles Strikers (loan)|
|2016||→ Liverpool (loan)||13||(1)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:10, 4 September 2021 (UTC+1)|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13:50, 10 June 2017 (UTC+1)
Laura Coombs (born 29 January 1991) is an English footballer who plays for Manchester City. She previously played for Liverpool, Chelsea, and Arsenal. Coombs made her debut for the senior England women's national football team in October 2015. A hard-working defensive midfielder, Coombs is described by former teammate Gilly Flaherty as "a real grafter and she'll put in the work that some people don't want to do."
Coombs began playing football aged seven or eight, when she joined a team run by her best friend's father. She progressed to Arsenal's youth academy and began playing in the first team at 16. In September 2009 Coombs made her UEFA Women's Champions League debut in Arsenal's 9–0 win over PAOK Thessaloniki. In summer 2011 Coombs played for American W-League team Los Angeles Strikers, scoring one goal in eight appearances.
During the mid-season break of the inaugural 2011 FA WSL season, Coombs transferred to Chelsea. Chelsea reached the FA Women's Cup final for the first time in 2012, but were eventually beaten by Birmingham City in a penalty shootout after twice taking the lead in a 2–2 draw. In the 2013 mid-season break, Coombs had another stint with LA Strikers. At the 2013 International Women's Club Championship Coombs scored in Chelsea's 3–2 semi-final win over Sydney FC in Okayama, Japan.
In 2015 Chelsea won their first ever major trophy, in the 2015 FA Women's Cup Final at Wembley Stadium. They then beat Sunderland 4–0 in October 2015 to secure the FA WSL title and a League and Cup "double". Teammates noted an improvement in Coombs' strength and power that season, a result of the team's transition from part-time to full-time training.
In July 2009 Coombs featured as England under-19 won the 2009 UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship in Belarus, with a 2–0 final win over Sweden. In 2010 England reached the final of the 2010 UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship in Macedonia, where they lost their title to France. Coombs had been ruled out by injury before the semi-final.
National coach Mark Sampson gave Coombs her first senior call up in October 2015. She won her first England cap on 23 October 2015, as a substitute in England's 2–1 defeat by China in Yongchuan.
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