What is the one piece of advice you give to players that are just starting out?
There’s no easy way to get to the top of what you want to do. Hard work is the common theme in those that achieve success.
You’ve been a passionate supporter of women’s football and the movement to #letgirlsplay, attempting to the heal the sport’s historic problem with sexism. Do you feel that there’s been progress in recent years?
There has been progress. The mere fact that ladies can now play professionally is progress. But there is still a lot of work to be done — the facilities and amenities for women’s football are still far behind.
Thats why I’m so pleased that sponsors like Barclays have got involved, because they will back that league like they did with the Premier League, for as long as it takes for it to be a success. At the grassroots level, the aim is for all schools to give girls the option to play football in PE by the year 2024. So progress is happening, slowly but surely.
Your impeccable taste has been well documented and your trademark look of flat cap and glasses has become an iconic Match of the Day mainstay. What is your approach to dressing? How do you want a piece of clothing to make you feel?
Firstly, comfort is important. I always wear clothes that make me feel good. It’s vitally important not to be affected by the judgement or criticism of others. Be bold and confident in your choices.
How do you maintain a healthy balance between work and family life?
It’s difficult because my work is mostly on the weekends, so it’s more for my family to balance it. We sometimes have to spend a lot of time apart because of my schedule, so when we do get an opportunity to be together, we make the most of it.
Which London neighbourhood do you feel most connected to and why?
South London, because that ‘s were I grew up. But I spend a lot of time in North West London now, because it’s where I work.
Finally, this year we ask all of our Journal interviewees to complete the following phrase:
You Must Create…
Confidence in yourself.