Q & A
1. Turning out for England and playing for Arsenal, some would say that your career can’t get much better. What else would you like to achieve over the next few years?
Over the next few years I’d definitely want to add to my tally of appearances and goals with England. My aims with Arsenal are to help us win the league and gain Champions League football again.
2. Do you think it is a matter of time before we see the Lionesses achieve success at a major tournament?
Definitely! The girls were unfortunate at the EUROs this summer. There’s been a lot of progress with the national team, recently being ranked no.3 in the world highlights that and everyone involved now has a real belief that we can go on and win a major tournament.
3. Did you always want to be a professional football player?
I’ve always played football from as young as I can remember in the playground with all the boys. Growing up I think it was an unrealistic dream to be a professional female footballer... but here I am today, a professional player!
4. Who has had the biggest influence on your career so far?
I’d say there are two people mainly, my mum and my old Leyton Orient coach Mike Morris. My mum was the one taking me to all my Orient games as a kid. Analysing the games on the way home...
(I call her José Mourinho because she thinks she knows it all!). And Mike was the one who educated me on the game and put in the hours to help me get better as a person both on and off the pitch.
5. Do you think the FA and professional clubs in the UK do enough to encourage young girls to get involved in the sport?
There are a lot more initiatives for girls to get involved in football now. I believe there can still be more done but there are by far more opportunities now.
6. Have you made any plans for a career once your playing days are over?
Going back to dreaming of being a professional footballer.. my mum always banged on about having something to fall back on. So I’ve currently got a Physiotherapy degree, started my coaching badges and recently passed The Effective Board Member programme which was run by The PFA which allows me to sit on a board. Haven’t decided where life will take me once I finish playing but I like to keep my options open!
7. What advice would you give to any young female players looking to make it professional?
Keep believing, keep dreaming. You don’t know what’s around the corner so keep grinding it out and you’ll get your just rewards!
8. What has been the highlight of your career so far?
It’s currently a toss up between scoring a hat-trick on my England Senior debut and scoring the winning goal at Wembley in the FA Cup for Arsenal.
9. Can you see a future for women’s football that has a similar financial power to that of the mens game?
Truthfully, no. I look at the men’s and women’s game as two “different sports”. And financially we are and will always be miles apart, in my opinion.
10. Is there a player that you model your game on?
Growing up Rachel Yankey was my idol. I’ve always adored Henry and I’m a fan of the way Harry Kane and Jermaine Defoe play.
11. How do you like to spend your spare time?
If I’m not shopping I’m sleeping lol. No, I just chill out with friends and family. Quite laid back.