Earlier during the first UK lockdown the United Mates Keitel and Joe were joined by Millie Bright, Chelsea FC and England Lionesses defender, to discuss her life and career.
On Millie’s childhood and youth career:
Growing up riding horses and deciding between a career in horse riding and professional football. Entering the women’s game at a time when it was much less established than today. A lack of women to look up to in the game when she was a young aspiring pro at Killamarsh Dynamos and Sheffield United.
On Millie’s professional career in the WSL:
Learning the ropes at Doncaster Rovers Belles. Moving to Chelsea and winning trophies like the FA Cup at Wembley. Ambitions of playing abroad… or not? John Terry and Katie Chapman as role models at Chelsea.
On the women’s game and growing its reputation:
A closer connection with the fans than in the men’s game, smaller numbers means a more personal experience and tighter community. The English WSL as a benchmark for women’s football across the globe. The potential of a shared World Cup event featuring the men’s and women’s tournaments running simultaneously. Millie predicts Emma Hayes as a female coach with potential to make an impact on the men’s game one day.
On Millie’s international career:
The 2019 Women’s World Cup in France and being sent off in the semi-final against team USA(the famous Alex Morgan tea sipping celebration game). The Mark Sampson incident and the fallout. Playing for Phil Neville.