Manchester United Women defender Millie Turner has signed a new contract with the club on the same day that she was called up to the senior England squad for the first time.
Turner, who has played more games for United than any other player since the club’s formation in 2018, was named in Phil Neville’s Lionesses squad on Tuesday morning for a week-long training camp later this month. England will later play a friendly against Germany in October.
Mere hours later it was announced that the commanding centre-back has committed her immediate future to United by agreeing a new contract until the summer of 2022.
Under the management of former England captain Casey Stoney, Turner has emerged as one of the best defenders in the WSL over the last 12 months.
“I’m so happy to be signing a new contract; the club is like family and I want to thank Casey and the staff for believing in me,” the 24-year-old told ManUtd.com.
“Making my 50th appearance at the weekend was such a proud moment for me, it’s a huge honour every time I pull on the shirt and I hope it’s just one of many milestones I can achieve here.
“I’m really looking forward to continuing this journey with my team; we’re hungry for success and I’m excited for what the future holds for us.”
Turner was among the original group of players United recruited two years ago, going on to storm the Women’s Championship and firmly establish themselves in the top flight. Turner has been a key part of that and is the first player at the club to reach 50 appearances in United colours – she had previously played in the WSL for Everton and Bristol City, captaining the latter.
“Millie has been a solid figure in our backline for the last couple of years and I’m so pleased she has extended her stay with the club,” Stoney commented.
“She is always pushing herself and others, and aside from her obvious talent on the pitch, she is such a positive character to have in our environment and that really has an impact throughout the team. She has a fantastic work rate and attitude, and I’m looking forward to continuing our work with her.”
Turner has been joined in the England squad by fellow first-time call-ups Katie Zelem and Ella Toone, as well as established international Abbie McManus