Goalkeeper Sandy MacIver of England. Norway v England Womens Friendly football match, Brann Stadion, Bergen, Norway - 03 Sep 2019 Photo: Lynne Cameron for The FA

Everton sign former Manchester City goalkeeper

England Under-21 international goalkeeper Sandy MacIver has today penned an 18-month contract with Everton as reported by official club media. 

MacIver recently graduated from Clemson University where she obtained a degree alongside representing the Clemson Tigers women’s soccer team for four years. During her time across the Atlantic, she was integral to a Tigers side that reached the NCAA Tournament in every one of her four years and the first-choice keeper was also named the MAC Hermann Trophy watch-list winner earlier this year.

This move will mark the youngster’s second stint at Everton, with the Winsford native having spent many of her formative years as part of their academy setup.  In 2015, she joined Manchester City’s academy where she spent a year before accepting her scholarship with Clemson and moving overseas.

On an International level, MacIver has been a mainstay within recent England youth sides. She has represented the Lionesses regularly at both Under-17 and Under-19 levels, and most recently has been a part of the Under-21 set-up.

In 2018, she was selected to be a part of the record-breaking England team that claimed third place at the FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup in France. She started all six matches, producing a number of top class performances and saving two crucial penalties in the bronze medal match, which not only earnt her the tournament’s Golden Glove award but played a major role in her side coming away from the tournament with a bronze medal in hand.

Whilst she has not yet received a senior cap for the Lionesses, national boss Phil Neville handed her a first senior call-up in August 2019, for the friendlies against Belgium and Norway. She also previously trained alongside the senior side in a warm-up camp for this summer’s Women’s World Cup and was taken along as a training player to the 2019 SheBelieves Cup in the USA, from which the Lionesses emerged victorious.

The 21-year-old told sources at her new club that she began talks with Everton manager Willie Kirk last summer and things quickly progressed from there in another impressive move from the high-flying Blue Girls. This is sure to be another exciting signing to bolster the side’s already impressive ranks, with senior England international Izzy Christiansen having joined from Lyon last week, and will also provide further competition for established goalkeepers Kirstie Levell and Tinja-Rikka Korpela.

MacIver will be eligible to play for The Blue Girls immediately and fans may be able to see her take to the pitch as soon as this Sunday in Everton’s first match of the decade against West Ham United at Rush Green.

By Lauren Coffman (@laurenjsport)

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