Leah Williamson: England player giving Phil Neville selection headaches

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26 de novembro de 2019
Leah Williamson: England player giving Phil Neville selection headaches
26 de novembro de 2019

Leah Williamson: England player giving Phil Neville selection headaches

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From Emma Sanders
BBC Sport
England manager Phil Neville says that he receives 20 Instagram messages every day by fans desperate to visit Leah Williamson pull on the Lionesses top notch.
And when the 22-year-old was appointed against Portugal and Brazil, there were lots of messages of support Twitter.
The Arsenal defender, who played just six minutes in the summer World Cup, has become famous for her dedication and desire, and is one of Englands most promising prospects.
I screenshot all the messages and send them to Leah, said Neville. She is so popular.
But she is competing in a place where weve got some unbelievable players. I believed she had been frustrated at the World Cup and it was a difficult time for us both because we thought the identical thing.
That could have been the making of her
A brief cameo in the triumph over Cameroon was all Williamson needed to show for the World Cup in France. Most 22-year-olds might have been pleased just to be involved.
I had been too passive at the World Cup and also pleased with what I had got because I was in the squad, said Williamson.
There were times once Ive thought to myself I really dont want people to perceive me as comfortable with not playing.
I play to get a top club in Arsenal. Ive been striving my entire lifetime to be the best I could be playing for England can make me better.
The protector has started two and Neville and williamson discussed these frustrations and looked in all four of Englands friendlies.
Neville intends to play her in midfield on 9 November in front of 77,000 fans, at Wembley.
If I even dared to moan about the position Im in, particularly at my age, playing for Arsenal and England, I think I would find a smack, Williamson added.
Williamson made her appearance in January in the Super League of the Women, having made her introduction a day after her 17th birthday.
Because she helped the Gunners raise his first league title in seven 24, in April she was observing in the stands along with her mother.
You could cut open and shed bleed white and red, stated London City Lionesses manager Chris Phillips, who labored with Williamson for four years in Arsenals academy.
After getting injured in an FA Youth Cup final, when she arrived off that fire to play for Arsenal was obvious as a teenager.
I told her to not worry since there were bigger matches to emerge, said Phillips.
Almost a year to this day, she came on and helped the first group win the FA Cup at precisely the identical stadium at MK Dons.
It hasnt taken long to stamp her authority.
During the win over Portugal on Tuesday, a triumph that stopped a five-game winless the youngster screamed at team-mates and also at one point provided Uefa Player of the Year Lucy Bronze psychologist, five years her senior.
Its testament to confidence, dedication and her resolve that she is put World Cup disappointment behind her to grow into one of the Lionesses in the group.
I think those minutes against Cameroon were nowhere near enough for Leah, said Neville. I recall her going and you could see that the emptiness in her eyes since she wanted more.
When I left the World Cup I thought hard and long about it – on the way we could get this girl in our team. And I spoke to [Arsenal manager] Joe Montemurro about playing her midfield.
After watching recognised centre-back Williamson play at the middle of the playground to Arsenal in pre-season, Neville said he hasabsolute trust in her to perform a similar task for England.
There is a stage in a young players advancement at which you physically cant abandon them out, said Neville.
When you put them into a game you understand how they will carry out. Now shes ready.
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