british legend Sue Smith dubbed lioness As the “must-win team” of this Women’s World Cup, the Women’s Super League Champion Race.
Smith started her senior career at Tranmere Rovers, winning 93 caps for her country after making her England debut aged 17.She has cemented herself as one of the leaders in the women’s game since hanging up her boots in 2016, turning her hand to Sky Sports and bbc.
“I hear a lot of people say ‘you must be jealous’ or ‘you must wish you were born 10 years later,'” Smith said mirror footballreflecting on her playing career.
“Of course I would love to play in a packed stadium right now, but at the same time I have to reflect and say ‘you know what a great career I’ve had, I really enjoyed my time and overcame these challenges’.”
“Now seeing how the game has progressed, people are really interested in it and the standard is getting better, I’m absolutely delighted.”
The Lionesses’ heroics at Euros last summer sparked a revolution in women’s football, with huge crowds filling WSL stadiums across the country.london derby arsenal and Chelsea Earlier this month, Emirates attracted nearly 47,000 fans. But Smith believes this may just be the beginning for the women’s game, with England heading to the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand in July hoping to add another piece of silverware to their trophy cabinet.
“I think (the Lionesses) have a great chance (to win) at the World Cup,” Smith said. “Now they’re the team to beat and it’s going to be very difficult, so that’s another step they need to take.
“I was actually interviewed Sarina (Wegmann) Looking back at the Euros before Christmas but she doesn’t really want to talk about it, she’s very focused on the World Cup and the next games, I like her drive. I would love to be run by her because she will bring out the best in you as a player.
“She has a tough side, but she also has a side where you really like her and want to play for her. I think she has a really good mix. She’s been great and the players have been great on and off the pitch .”
As the Women’s Super League title race heats up, Smith has given her opinion on who she thinks will be at the top of the league in May.
“It’s hard to predict,” she said. “At the beginning of the season, I thought I would arsenal. I’ve looked at their roster and how they’ve progressed under Jonas Adwar, but with their injuries — losing Midmar and Beth Mead — they’ve been so unfortunate.
“It’s hard to look back Chelsea Because they have that depth in their roster, and they’ve done it before. They have a winning mentality.then you have Manchester United Do everything you can to keep yourself in the championship game.
“If you asked me now, I’d say Chelsea, but next week I might say Arsenal, maybe next week Manchester United. But it’s nice that the league is more competitive than ever, we just want to invest in the league now. other teams and make the league as competitive as possible.”
While Smith is no longer in the WSL, the 43-year-old will lace up her boots again this year for Game 1 Female Copa Del Cure Leukemia; a six-a-side football tournament with all proceeds going to Cure Leukemia – a charity dedicated to eradicating all forms of blood cancer.
Smith is the first former professional woman to compete in the Copa del Cure Leukemia in October, joining the likes of former England midfielder Geoff Thomas and former West Ham striker Marlon Harwood.games such as Cure Leukemia’s “Get It Done!” Campaignwhich is calling on football fans around the world to raise funds to help launch a new UK-wide pediatric clinical trial program that will provide innovative treatments for children with blood cancer.
“I went to this event last year and it was a mixed event. It was mostly men but there were some women too, a lot of ex-pros. We all played sixes/sevens and it was a lot of fun on the day, but it was all For a great cause.
“The football world gets together quite often for things like this and I think this is another opportunity for the football world to come together to raise awareness of blood cancer and make people aware of it, while also raising as much money as possible for treatment and research. Once I was asked to do it and I just wanted to be a part of it, and then they told me to go to an all-female event that was going to be happening this year, which was another great event.”
She added: “I think everyone is affected by cancer in some way. Everyone knows someone who has tragically died of cancer, including my first coach on the women’s team. Everyone has their own story, so That’s why I wanted to be a part of it.”
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