The UEFA Women’s Euros 2022 is fast approaching, and there are countless stars competing in the tournament that fans should keep an eye out for.

That includes Aston Villa Women goalkeeper, Hannah Hampton.


Hampton has been called up to Wiegman’s provisional squad for Euro 2022

After only making senior international debut for England in the Arnold Clark Cup back in February, the 21-year-old has been selected as part of the Lionesses’ provisional squad for the tournament.

So who is Hampton and what should we expect from her at the European Championships – which is LIVE on talkSPORT – this summer?

The sky seems to be the limit for Villa’s first-choice keeper, and representing England in a major tournament looked to be written in the stars for her from a very young age.

Unbeknown to most fans, Hampton was born with a squint and an eye condition that affected her depth perception.

Her family were told by doctors after she underwent surgery that playing any form of sport was completely off the table when she was growing up.

Although she was born in Birmingham, Hampton moved to Spain at the age of five, with her parents taking on teaching jobs.

And it seems the Villa star always had natural talent when it came to football despite her sight troubles, having been scouted by Villarreal’s Academy where she played as a forward until she moved back to England at the age of ten.

From there on in, Hampton’s will to never give up continued and she soon joined Stoke City’s academy, where she converted to goalkeeper – giving the new position as go after the Potters’ No. 1 picked up an injury.

She was later called upon by now-Manchester United Women boss Marc Skinner at Birmingham City, bursting into the first team in the Women’s Super League at the age of just 18.

And since her switch to Birmingham’s Second City derby rivals Villa on a free transfer last summer, Hampton has gone from strength to strength.

Hampton even trained with her fellow goalkeepers in Villa’s mens team, after being invited by first team boss Steven Gerrard.

Hampton worked closely with Martinez last month


Hampton worked closely with Martinez last month

So what type of keeper will she be at the tournament?

Whilst Mary Earps has been England manager Sarina Wiegman’s favoured choice so far, the Dutch manager knows what Hampton is capable of, starting her in the 10-0 World Cup qualifier win against Macedonia in April.

Following her Player of The Match performance and debut against Spain, Wiegman said: “Her distribution was very good and that can harm other teams or opponents.”

A secret weapon style player is one of the best ways to describe Hampton, with her distribution providing an unexpected outlet for England.

Hampton is relishing in being called up to the England squad


Hampton is relishing in being called up to the England squad

And whilst she couldn’t help infiltrate any goals in her senior debut, she did keep a clean sheet, seeing out a 0-0 draw – not to mention her handy ability of speaking fluent Spanish helping her side read Spain’s game plan.

“I’m fluent in Spanish so I could understand everything that they were saying,” Hampton told talkSPORT back in March.

“[I was] letting people know if they were going on the inside or outside or coming short or going over. It was quite funny I was able to translate all of that.”

She may only have two senior international caps, but her distribution and ability to command at such a young age is what might set her apart from the other England goalkeepers.

It’s been a whirlwind of a year for the 21-year-old, and Euro 2022 is likely to see her blossom even more.

talkSPORT will bring you LIVE coverage and match commentary of UEFA Women’s Euros 2022, which kicks off on July 6

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