Women's Senior
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Carly Telford: 'All my mum wanted me to do was live my dreams'

Carly Telford says representing England in France will mean more to her since the passing of her mum, Yvonne, last year

Wednesday 12 Jun 2019
France 2019 is Carly Telford's third World Cup, after 2007 and 2015

What does it mean to be a Lioness? It’s probably the biggest honour in the world.

Playing for England is something you dream of as a kid. Now we’ve officially got a ‘tag’ it makes it even more special and it’s something you can aspire to be.

All of our journeys are different but we’ve all been very determined to get to this point.


Sacrificing things in normal life is hard, but I think it’s hard for people to understand that in football you spend a lot of time away from the people that you care for.

Losing my mum last year was difficult, but now I get to go the France, our favourite country in the world, and make new memories.

I know she won’t be there physically, but mentally she will be, and that’s what means the most.

I wish I could have spent more time with her. But I know she allowed me to spend time away from her to do what I love.

All she wanted me to do was live my dreams and that’s what I’m doing.


By FA Staff