As the all-time leading goalscorer for England’s football team, all eyes have been on the Lionesses’ Ellen White as she impresses once again on the major stage at the Euro 2022 tournament.
After smashing through the competition and beating Sweden 4-0 earlier this week, the Lionesses’ have secured a place in the final and football is finally on the cusp of coming home.
Throughout the tournament, 33 year old Ellen has played a vital role in the team’s success thanks to her incredible footwork and innate passion for the game.
And while her time on the pitch may be the centre of the spotlight, away from the sport, Ellen lives a quiet life with her husband Callum Convery.
Back in 2019, the loved-up couple spoke exclusively to OK! ’s Emily Whitwam about their relationship and shared love for football. So, let’s take a peek inside their relationship…
Ellen and Callum first met while at university together, though things didn’t get off to a smooth start, according to the couple.
“We were studying sports science at Loughborough University together. He kept asking questions in class and I was like, stop asking questions, I want to go home,” Ellen told us back in 2019. “We started chatting after I was injured.”
But for Callum, things were a bit different and a little less straightforward. “She ignored me after I said: ‘We should hang out a bit more,’ but eventually we went out for a curry and, 11 years later, we’re still here!,” he joked.
After hitting it off, the couple’s relationship went from strength-to-strength and they bought a house in Nottingham, where Callum had been working as a sports development officer at Nottinghamshire Football Association.
In 2013, Callum got down on one knee and asked Ellen to be his wife. Despite the romantic occasion, he called the experience “absolutely horrendous”.
“We went for a meal after she’d been away, playing for England, and when we got home we watched some TV – I had the ring in my pocket the whole night. Then she decided she was tired and going to bed!,” he explained.
“I had to chase her up the stairs and get down on one knee in the bedroom. And then I got the wrong hand!”
The couple got married in a winter wedding a year and a half later in a barn outside of Aylesbury. With 600 guests at the ceremony and another 60 at the evening do, Ellen described it as “the best day of my life”.
However, after Ellen was offered a place on the Manchester City team in 2019, the pair upped sticks and sold their Nottingham home in order to begin a new life in Manchester.
“It was a fairly easy decision as we always support each other and work decisions out together, but difficult for me in terms of leaving my current job, although I am excited for a new challenge and change of city,” said Callum.
During their time together, Ellen’s husband Callum has remained a keen supporter of hers.
“You can’t really put it into words. I’ve gone from watching Ellen 11 years ago on a windy, wet afternoon in Leeds to seeing her in front of thousands in the World Cup!,” he said.
Looking to the future, with Ellen’s time on the pitch reaching new levels, and with the Lionesses’ recent time inspiring a new generation of talent, the star is focused on furthering her success.
“There are so many aspects to think about if we have children with my career but for now I am happy and focussed on playing and loving every minute,” she explained.
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