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Captain Leah

Leah Williamson has enjoyed a meteoric rise through the ranks that many young players can only dream of.

She joined Arsenal’s centre of excellence at the age of nine in 2006 and made her first team debut eight years later.

Three years ago she was called up to a major tournament for the first time when the Lionesses travelled to France for the World Cup, but only earned six minutes of football.

Now at just 25-years-old she is one of the most established players in the Women’s Super League.

And she has been selected to captain the Lionesses this summer.

It’s undoubtedly a huge jump from her last major tournament, but Williamson is not feeling the pressure at all.

Last month she said: “It’s funny. On paper, it looks like a pressurised situation, but I don’t feel that.

“I’m still finding my way with it, and I’m not pretending to know all the answers or pretending to be the readiest I’ve ever been.

“I’ve got processes in place I’ve been using in my career for dealing with pressure and things like that.

“It’s not that I’ve been put on a pedestal, I’m just the same, it’s just I have this extra responsibility.

“And I take it more as a responsibility rather than pressure.

“I do feel like I would give anything to get on the pitch (with England), so I don’t intend to waste a second now not enjoying it.”

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