ENGLAND’S lionesses kick off their World Cup campaign today.
And their boyfriends and partners – who we are christening the BAPS – will be 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 DalyBAP: Kristie Mewis
27 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.
27 Rachel Daly plays for Houston Dash in the NWSLCredit: Getty – Contributor
27 Kristie and Rachel live together in AmericaCredit: Instagram
27 Rachel Daly is dating American teammate Kristie MewisCredit: Instagram
27 Her girlfriend is believed to be on her way to France
PLAYER: Toni DugganBAP: 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.
27 Toni Duggan with partner Ashley DillingerCredit: Instagram
27 T for Toni. Duggan is one of England’s top starsCredit: Getty – Contributor
PLAYER: Jill ScottBAP: 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.”
27 Jill Scott and Shelly Unitt on a recent holiday in SpainCredit: Instagram
27 England star Jill ScottCredit: Getty – Contributor
PLAYER: Millie BrightBAP: 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.”
27 Millie Bright with her committed boyfriend Jordan BirdCredit: Instagram
27 Millie is a tough tackling centre-backCredit: Getty – Contributor
PLAYER: Jodie TaylorBAP: 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.
27 Jodie and Emma each wearing the tops of each others’ countriesCredit: @jodes__14 / Instagram
27 England star Jodie TaylorCredit: Getty – Contributor
PLAYER: Alex GreenwoodBAP: 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.
27 Alex’s boyfriend Jack has just won promotion to the Premier LeagueCredit: Instagram
27 Alex Greenwood has been dating Jack O’Connell for several years
27 He plays for Sheffield UnitedCredit: Getty Images – Getty
27 Alex Greenwood is one of England’s starsCredit: Getty – Contributor
PLAYER: Steph HoughtonBAP: 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.
27 Stephen Darby was forced to retire as a pro due to illnessCredit: PA:Press Association
27 Steph Houghton is playing through the emotional worry about her husbandCredit: Getty – Contributor
PLAYER: Lucy StaniforthBAP: 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.
27 Lucy Staniford (right) with girlfriend Laura WilsonCredit: Instagram lucystan37
27 Lucy Staniforth is dating Laura WilsonCredit: Instagram
27 Lucy Staniforth plays for Birmingham CityCredit: Getty – Contributor
PLAYER: Abbie McManusBAP: 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
27 Abbie McManus with Holly Lam-Moores, also a sports hero
27 Abbie McManus stars for Manchester CityCredit: Getty – Contributor
PLAYER: Leah WilliamsonBAP: 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.
27 Leah and Mason on holiday together
27 The couple used to play for the same team as kids – even if they wore the shirts of rivalsCredit: Instagram
27 Leah Williamson plays for ArsenalCredit: Getty – Contributor
PLAYER: Georgia StanwayBAP: 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.
England Women’s Steph Houghton says Lionesses are progressing as a team