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“I can always remember kicking a ball about in the yard with my dad.
"Ever since I could walk, I have always had a ball at my feet - whether it was at school, at home playing with my mates and family.
"So being in the backyard is my first real memory of football.”
“My first proper game was for my school team.
"I was the only girl that played and I was really nervous! I didn’t expect to start and neither did my parents.
"I loved every minute of it and even managed to score a couple! It was just the start I needed to get me on my journey, I suppose.”
“During the school holidays, I always loved going to Sunderland Soccer Schools over two days.
"Most of my friends went and loved every minute, playing games and learning new skills.
"Then, one time I remember being voted Player of the Camp and in turn, I was scouted for the Sunderland Centre of Excellence.
"That was a dream come true to play for a club that I'd supported since I started kicking a football.”
"When I first joined up with England, we always played 4-4-2 and I was always a striker.
"We changed formation to 4-3-3 and Mo Marley saw me as a right-sided striker of the three. Then by chance, we had a few players injured and she asked me to play at right-back, although I'd never played there in my life!
"I played quite well and she saw a little bit of something in me that no-one else had seen. From then on, I played at right-back, centre-back, left-back and centre midfield!
"I made my England debut as a right-back and for me, it was the best decision any coach has ever made for me - to move my position - because I would never have been able to play at the level I am playing at as a striker."
“This is definitely one of the highlights of my career. I was 17 and all I'd ever wanted to do was to play for England!
"I was in a squad with people like Kelly Smith, Faye White and Rachel Yankey, learning new things every day – I was literally living the dream!
"To have made my debut in front of my family was amazing and I got a taste of playing at the highest level, which I loved and wanted more of.”
“Playing for England is the ultimate honour and I love it but to have been handed the armband was firstly a huge surprise – I was overwhelmed but so delighted.
"I don’t think I took the conversation in at all but I was straight on the phone to my family because it meant as much to the people that have supported me through my career to know that I would be captain of my country!
"It drives me on to be the best leader I can be, playing my football and enjoying it as much as I can.”
“I was delighted to be joining such a huge Club.
"It was an opportunity to play professionally, improve myself in every aspect of the game with such fantastic facilities and in front of or amazing fans.
"I knew I was joining something special. I also knew I wanted to be here for the start of the journey that we have been on and I have seen the Club grow and grow every season.
"We are really paving the way for women’s football in this country and that's something I’m really proud to be a part of.”
“What an amazing day! We were unbelievable that season. To have gone a whole league season unbeaten and to have played the way we did was a credit to all the girls and staff!
"We had a real togetherness and grit and a determination to find a way to win.
"To have been able win it in front a record crowd at the Academy Stadium made it even more special.”
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