Alessia Russo is awarded the Freedom of Maidstone for her achievements with the Lionesses... as the England star reveals plan to 'continue inspiring next generation'

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Alessia Russo has been awarded honorary Freedom of the Borough of Maidstone for her historic achievements with the Lionesses.

Russo was part of the England team that won Euro 2022, scoring four goals at the tournament and was also the joint-top scorer as the Lionesses made the World Cup final for the first time last summer.

Russo grew up in Maidstone and is only the eighth person to be awarded honorary freedom of the town, in what was a unanimous vote.

‘Maidstone is my home and always will be so I’m delighted to have been awarded the freedom of the borough. I will continue to promote women’s football in the area and hopefully I can help and inspire the next generation of Lionesses.’

Alessia Russo has been awarded the Freedom of Maidstone for her achievements with the Lionesses

Alessia Russo has been awarded the Freedom of Maidstone for her achievements with the Lionesses

Russo was part of the England team that won Euro 2022 and reached the final of the World Cup last year

Russo was part of the England team that won Euro 2022 and reached the final of the World Cup last year

Russo, who now plays for Arsenal, grew up in Maidstone and she said she will continue to try and help inspire the next generation

Russo, who now plays for Arsenal, grew up in Maidstone and she said she will continue to try and help inspire the next generation

Maidstone Borough Council has been working with Russo’s family to celebrate her achievements and contribution to women’s football her legacy, along with that of the Lionesses will help increase participation in sport, particularly girls playing football.

‘We are very proud of Alessia’s achievements and continued contribution to the game of football,’ Mayor of Maidstone – Councillor Gordon Newton said.

‘I sincerely hope that she will encourage more young people – both girls and boys to follow in her footsteps.’

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