Leah Williamson has enjoyed a meteoric rise through the ranks that many young players can only dream of.
She joined Arsenal’s center of excellence in 2006 aged nine and made her first team debut eight years later.
She was first called up to a major tournament three years ago when the Lionesses traveled to France for the World Cup, but only managed six minutes of football.
Now, at just 25, she is one of the most established players in the Women’s Super League.
And she was chosen to captain the Lionesses this summer.
It’s undoubtedly a big leap from her last major tournament, but Williamson doesn’t feel the pressure at all.
Last month she said: “It’s funny. It looks like pressure on paper, but I don’t feel it.
“I’m still finding my way with it, and I don’t pretend to know all the answers or be who I ever was.
“I have processes in place that I have used in my career to deal with pressure and things like that.
“It’s not like I was put on a pedestal, I’m the same, I just have this extra responsibility.
“And I take it more as a responsibility than a pressure.
“I feel like I would give anything to get on the pitch (with England) so I don’t plan on wasting a second now without enjoying it.”
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