ARSENAL AND ENGLAND'S CHAMBERLAIN
Gunner and Three Lion goalkeeper Siobhan Chamberlain's looks to add to her 31 caps
SIOBHAN Chamberlain is not afraid of a challenge – that’s why she gave up the relatively safe surroundings of Bristol Academy to pursue a fresh start with Arsenal Ladies.
Chamberlain had played every minute of every game for Bristol over the last three seasons but signed for Arsenal in December knowing she’d have to jostle for position with Emma Byrne.
Republic of Ireland international Byrne had just put pen to paper on a new contract herself – and Chamberlain has had to be patient after limited appearances so far.
But the 30-year-old goalkeeper made her intent loud and clear upon making the switch, vowing to add to her 31 international caps and become England’s No.1.
Initially keener on gymnastics as a youngster, Chamberlain did not don a pair of gloves until she was 14.
But her natural talent quickly caught the attention of Chelsea where she started her senior career, before heading to Loughborough University at 18 to earn her degree.
She combined sports science studies with training at the National Player Development Centre, and after involvement in various England age-groups squads, received her first international call-up in 2004.
Her England debut arrived in September of that year and she has been a virtual ever-present in the squad since.
At club level short stays at Fulham and Birmingham followed Chelsea, before arriving at Bristol in 2005 for her first stint.
She rejoined Chelsea in 2007 before crossing the pond to join Vancouver Whitecaps in 2010, but it was on return to Bristol that Chamberlain had her first shot at silverware.
Ultimately she came within a whisker of success after FA Women’s Cup Final defeats in 2011 and 2013, but with her ambition still burning bright, don’t count out Chamberlain in the near future.