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Natasha Khalila Dowie (born 30 June 1988) is an English football striker who plays club football for Liverpool Ladies of the FA WSL. She represented England at the youth level before making her senior international debut in 2009. Before transferring to Liverpool in November 2012, Dowie played for the London teams WatfordFulham and Charlton Athletic, and then spent five years with Everton.

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Club career[edit]Edit

Dowie attended Roundwood Park School and began her career with Watford Ladies. After starting the 2004–05 season with five goals in five matches for Watford, she was signed byFulham Ladies. Dowie joined Charlton Athletic Ladies in the 2006 close season[3] and played in the FA Women's Cup final that year, with Charlton losing 4–1 to Arsenal.[4] WhenCharlton Athletic scrapped their women's team in the 2007 close season,[5] Dowie joined Everton Ladies[2] in preference to several other interested clubs including Arsenal. She stated her intention to "knock Arsenal off their pedestal in women's football".[6]

While commuting from London to Liverpool,[7] Dowie was a member of Everton's League Cup winning side in her first season with the club.[8] On 3 May 2010 she scored two goals, including the 119th minute extra-time winner, to give Everton a 3–2 victory over Arsenal in the FA Cup final.

With Everton dormant ahead of the 2011 FA WSL season, Dowie played for Barnet in the 2010–11 FA Women's Premier League National Division.[9] She continued to play for Everton in European competition and netted in The Blues' UEFA Women's Champions League quarter–final defeat to FCR 2001 Duisburg.[10] Dowie then scored two goals for Everton in their first FA WSL match, including a stoppage-time equaliser, to rescue a 3–3 draw at local rivals Liverpool.[11]

In November 2012 Dowie and Fara Williams left Everton for ambitious local rivals Liverpool, who were building a squad to challenge Arsenal's dominance of English women's football.[12]

Dowie finished the top scorer in the 2013 FA WSL with an impressive 13 goals in 13 games.

International career[edit]Edit

Dowie was called into an England training camp while still a year ten pupil at Roundwood Park School.[13] She has since represented England at Under-17, 19, 20 and 23 levels, playing in the FIFA Under-20's World Cup Finals in Chile in November 2008.[14] She was included in coach Hope Powell's squad for the pre-Euro 2009 friendlies against Iceland andDenmark,[15] but did not play and was left out of the final Euro 2009 squad.

She finally made her debut in a World Cup qualifier against Turkey in İzmir on 26 November 2009. Dowie was an 84th minute substitute for Everton Ladies team-mate Jody Handley.[16] Six months later she won another cap as a substitute in a 6–0 win over Malta. Dowie remained on the fringes of the squad and her next appearance was not until September 2011. She was substituted at half time in a 2–2 draw with lowly Serbia.[17]

Dowie was not selected for the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup, for the Great Britain squad at the 2012 London Olympics, or for UEFA Women's Euro 2013. Her exclusion from the latter tournament was controversial as she was the WSL's leading goalscorer at the time.[18]

When Hope Powell was sacked after England's Euro 2013 failure, interim coach Brent Hills immediately recalled Dowie. She came on as a substitute in England's first 2015 FIFA World Cup qualifier and scored her first national team goal in a 6–0 win over Belarus at Dean Court in Bournemouth.[19][20]

International goals[edit]Edit

Scores and results list England's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Result Competition Scored
1 21 September 2013 Dean CourtBournemouth Belarus 6–0 2015 FIFA World Cup Qual. 1

Coaching career[edit]Edit

Dowie has a Level 2 FA Football coaching qualification and has worked as a coach with Watford, the Middlesex Centre of Excellence[21] and Stevenage Borough.[6] Dowie is soon to begin coaching with ESAF - Elite Schools Academy of Football[22]

Personal life[edit]Edit

Dowie is the daughter of Bob Dowie[6] and the niece of former Northern Ireland international footballer, Iain Dowie.[23] She was a player with Charlton Ladies whilst her uncle managed the men's side.[24] Natasha's 2010 FA Women's Cupfinal goals against Arsenal Ladies came two hours after Hull City, managed by uncle Iain, were relegated from the Premier League.

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