sport news The England team in their own words ahead of Women's World Cup

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England's women relive their earliest footballing memories as they get set to compete in this summer's World Cup in France. 

Karen Bardsley

(Goalkeeper, Man City, 34, 77 caps)

'I watched, talked and played football with my dad Geoff when I was a little girl, but he never forced me to play. My mum Kay sacrificed her free time chauffeuring me around California, where I was born, to pursue all my hobbies.'

Mary Earps 

(Goalkeeper, Wolfsburg, 26, 5 caps)

'My family have had the biggest impact without question. My mum and dad were always supportive. They could see how much I enjoyed it. They always took me to training, no matter the distance.'

Ellie Roebuck 

(Goalkeeper, Man City, 19, 2 caps)

'My dad is my biggest support. He took me to all Sheffield United games, basically drove me around the country and never misses a game. 

'My nephew, who is like my little brother, was always the one to take the hit and play with me in the back garden. He was the one I used to slide tackle and injure but he took the hit!' 

Carly Telford 

(Goalkeeper, Chelsea, 31, 16 caps)

'Growing up, my football idol was my dad at first. But I worked with Rachel Brown-Finnis when I was 16 and since then she was the person I thought: "If I can be like her as a person and goalkeeper I'd be happy!"'

Karen Bardsley watched, talked and played football with my dad Geoff when she was little

Karen Bardsley watched, talked and played football with my dad Geoff when she was little

Demi Stokes 

(Defender, Man City, 27, 50 caps)

'My school teacher, Ian Williamson, made me fall in love with football. He got me trials for my first team and introduced me to football. I still speak to him now and he still comes and watches my games. He came to the Euros to watch me and hopefully is coming to the World Cup.'

Abbie McManus 

(Defender, Man City, 26, 13 caps)

'My brother had a big impact on my love for football. When my mum and dad took him to training I'd have to go, and when they were down on numbers I would join in. The best bit of advice I received as a young footballer was being told I wasn't good enough.'

Rachel Daly 

(Defender, Houston Dash, 27, 22 caps)

'My coach, Mr Sweetman, at Rossett High School in Harrogate had a huge influence on my career. His passion for the game and development of girls' football was and still is amazing.' 

Steph Houghton 

(Defender and captain, Man City, 31, 105 caps)

'My dad first taught me how to kick a ball and fall in love with the sport. Coming from a football-mad family and the North East there was only going to be one sport I was going to play!'

Millie Bright 

(Defender, Chelsea, 25, 27 caps)

'Tournament days with mum and dad when I played for Killamarsh Dynamos in Derbyshire as a kid were the best. Saturday mornings running down the road to the ground fully kitted up with my boots on. Mum used to wave me off and then come for kick off.'

Alex Greenwood 

(Defender, Man Utd, 25, 37 caps)

'My mum and dad have had the biggest impact on my career. They took me to every training session I needed to be at and my mum would always tell me to enjoy it because I work so hard for it.'

Steph Houghton grew up in a football-mad family in the North East and fell in love with it

Steph Houghton grew up in a football-mad family in the North East and fell in love with it

Lucy Bronze

(Defender/midfielder, Lyon, 27, 68 caps)

'I didn't ever really have a football idol. Then I found out women's football existed and Kelly Smith was the one. She was the best ever and that was all that mattered to me.'

Keira Walsh 

(Midfielder, Man City, 22, 14 caps)

'My dad has had a big impact on my career. He would always come out on the field and practise with me every day after he finished work and take me to games at the Etihad.'

Jade Moore 

(Midfielder, Reading, 28, 46 caps)

'I remember when my dad played football and I would always go watch him with my grandad where I would kick the ball around. The greatest piece of

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