Women’s World Cup – meet England’s Lionesses’ BAPS (that’s boyfriends and partners)

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ENGLAND’S lionesses continue their thrilling World Cup campaign.

And their boyfriends and partners – who we are christening the BAPS – are supporting them. But unlike many WAGS of the 2006 men’s World Cup, such as Victoria Beckham and Coleen Rooney, the BAPS are not famous. We introduce ten of our Lionesses’ loved ones.

PLAYER: Rachel Daly
BAP: Kristie Mewis

I GOT YOUR BACK . . . Rachel Daly, right, with American partner Kristie Mewis

Winger Kristie, 28, and forward Rachel, 27, live together in the US where they are team-mates at Texan club Houston Dash.

Kristie’s younger sister Samantha has played for the United States’ national team.

Rachel Daly plays for Houston Dash in the NWSL
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Kristie and Rachel live together in America
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Rachel Daly is dating American teammate Kristie Mewis
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Her girlfriend is believed to be on her way to France

PLAYER: Toni Duggan
BAP: Ashley Dillenger

Toni said Marine Ashley loves going sightseeing in Barcelona – which is perhaps as well as he has to go there to see the 27-year-old forward playing for the Barca team.

Toni Duggan with partner Ashley Dillinger
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T for Toni. Duggan is one of England’s top stars
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PLAYER: Jill Scott
BAP: Shelly Unitt

Shelly is a community health officer in Walsall, West Mids.

She has been with Manchester City midfielder Jill for almost five years.

Two weeks ago the pair went to Madrid on a break.

Jill, 32, captioned this pic of them together: “Best Company. Lucky Jill.”

Jill Scott and Shelly Unitt on a recent holiday in Spain
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England star Jill Scott
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PLAYER: Millie Bright
BAP: Jordan Bird

Millie’s loyal boyfriend Jordan travels with her to away fixtures – and she has been spotted kissing the Surrey golf club assistant on the touchline after a number of games.

Posing with her fella by her side after a game, the smitten 25-year-old Chelsea ­centre-half posted on Instagram: “This one never fails to amaze me.”

Millie Bright with her committed boyfriend Jordan Bird
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Millie is a tough tackling centre-back
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PLAYER: Jodie Taylor
BAP: Emma Kete

Emma, 31, is a New Zealand football ­international and has been dating ­Liverpool-born forward Jodie, 33, for several years.

They live in ­Australia, where Emma plays for Canberra FC.

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Jodie and Emma each wearing the tops of each others’ countries[/caption]

England star Jodie Taylor
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PLAYER: Alex Greenwood
BAP: Jack O’Connell

Alex is a left-back and Jack is a centre-back for Sheffield United.

When Alex joined ­Manchester United as captain last July, her ­boyfriend wrote on Instagram: “@alex greenwood22 always doing me proud.”

The two 25-year-old footballers began dating five years ago.

Alex’s boyfriend Jack has just won promotion to the Premier League
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Alex Greenwood has been dating Jack O’Connell for several years
He plays for Sheffield United
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Alex Greenwood is one of England’s stars
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PLAYER: Steph Houghton
BAP: Stephen Darby

The Lionesses’ captain married former Bradford City full back Stephen, 30, last year – but as we revealed last week, he was diagnosed with motor neurone disease just six months later.

The Manchester City defender, also 30, considered skipping the World Cup to look after Stephen.

Stephen Darby was forced to retire as a pro due to illness
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Steph Houghton is playing through the emotional worry about her husband
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PLAYER: Lucy Staniforth
BAP: Laura Wilson

Birmingham midfielder Lucy, 26, has ten caps for England while Laura works for Coventry City, helping the club with its youth and community ­projects.

The couple met in 2016 and have travelled around the world together, ­visiting ­Malaysia, Bali, Vietnam and Ibiza.

Lucy Staniford (right) with girlfriend Laura Wilson
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Lucy Staniforth is dating Laura Wilson
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Lucy Staniforth plays for Birmingham City
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PLAYER: Abbie McManus
BAP: Holly Lam-Moores

Holly, 28, was part of Great Britain’s first women’s Olympic handball team in 2012 and scored twice against Russia – despite having a stress fracture of her spine.

She has dated Man City defender Abbie, 26, since 2017

Abbie McManus with Holly Lam-Moores, also a sports hero
Abbie McManus stars for Manchester City
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PLAYER: Leah Williamson
BAP: Mason Childs

Leah, from Milton Keynes, Bucks, and Mason both played for the same kids’ football team.

The Arsenal defender has come a long way since then and is now regarded as a possible successor to England’s skipper Steph Houghton.

Leah and Mason are both 22.

Last year she posted a tribute to her fella’s “love and support” for her on social media.

Leah and Mason on holiday together
The couple used to play for the same team as kids – even if they wore the shirts of rivals
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Leah Williamson plays for Arsenal
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PLAYER: Georgia Stanway
BAP: Olly Ashall-Bott

The Manchester City forward, 20, is believed to have started dating Rugby League player Olly Ashall-Bott, 21.

She shared a recent snap on Instagram which appeared to confirm their blossoming romance.

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