Lionesses captain Leah Williamson reveals what inspired her to play football

England women’s soccer team captain Leah Williamson has revealed what inspired her to become a footballer.

The 25-year-old led the Lions to victory at the women’s Euro 2022 tournament last month when they beat Germany 2-1 in a thrilling final at Wembley Stadium.

During an episode of My Sounds on BBC Sounds, Williamson picked up the Texas song Inner Smile and revealed the song, from the 2002 film Bend It Like Beckham, reminds her of why she wanted to be a footballer. professional football.


Bend It Like Beckham (Alamy / PA)

Williamson said: “I chose it because I grew up watching Bend It Like Beckham, I wanted to be a footballer because of that movie and this takes me back there.”

The film follows teenage girls Jesminder and Juliette, known as Jess and Jules, as they battle against their parents’ wishes to pursue a professional football career.

On the show, which was released as part of the BBC’s centennial series, Williamson also selected songs including Boyzone’s Picture Of You, Adele’s Hold On and Sister Sledge’s Thinking Of You.

She describes her selection as “a hand-picked list of songs that make me feel calm, composed, and energized.”

Williamson also chose Vanessa Amorosi’s 2000 song ”’Everybody”’, saying: “It’s a great tune and it reminds me of my teammates.”

Also on the Arsenal star’s list are NAO’s Drive And Disconnect, Jocelyn Brown’s Somebody Else and S Club 7’s Bring It All Back.

The My Sounds series features a personalized mix of music from the likes of Louis Theroux, Stephen Fry, Jodie Whittaker, Martin Freeman, Gordon Ramsay and Alex Scott.

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Each celebrity manager has designed a mix for different moods with music that suits them personally, uncovering the stories behind some of their favorite songs.

Williamson describes her choice as “music that delights me, removes distractions so I can focus on the game,” and concludes with Does Your Mom Know Abba’s and the Fear System to felt by LF, topping the Official Singles Chart.

Williamson’s episode of My Sounds is now available on BBC Sounds. Lionesses captain Leah Williamson reveals what inspired her to play football

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