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Chelsea midfielder Jessie Fleming to captain Canada at Arnold Clark Cup

Ali Rampling
Jessie Fleming has been named as Canada's captain for the Arnold Clark Cup
Jessie Fleming has been named as Canada's captain for the Arnold Clark Cup / Marco Canoniero/GettyImages
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Bev Priestman has revealed that Chelsea midfielder Jessie Fleming will captain Canada at the 2022 Arnold Clark Cup in the absence of talismanic forward Christine Sinclair.

Sinclair, who is international football's all-time record goalscorer, has not travelled to England for the tournament following the recent passing of her mother.

The captaincy will instead fall to the much younger Fleming, continuing an impressive 12 months for the 23-year-old after netting three important penalties to fire Canada to Olympic gold in Tokyo.

"What you've seen this summer is someone who stepped up in big moments," said Priestman.

"Jessie's very similar to Christine in her leadership. She leads by example. She'll be the hardest working player on that pitch. At youth level, she was a captain for myself at U17s.

"The group are delighted to have her in that (role) and it's a huge honour for Jessie, I know, to represent her country so I'm really proud of her and where she's been and where she's going."

Fleming netted from the spot in both the Olympic semi-finals and final, and then again in the final shootout en-route to Canada claiming a first gold medal in the competition. Her performances also resulted in being named Canada's Player of the Year.

The midfielder has taken her impressive form for her country into her displays for club side Chelsea in recent months. Having been more of a peripheral figure during her debut campaign in west London, Fleming has established herself as an ever present figure in Emma Hayes' side.

She has featured in all 13 of the Blues' WSL fixtures this season, chipping in with three goals.

Canada face England on Thursday evening in their first of three Arnold Clark Cup matches. Priestman's side then take on Germany, before wrapping up the tournament against Spain.

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