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Millie's bright future with Englan

17 August 2017

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One of the stars of the England Lionesses team from the Euro 2017 campaign in the Netherlands will be back on familiar ground at Bramall Lane on Saturday.

Millie Bright, who developed her skills at Sheffield United's Girls Centre of Excellence, will make a special appearance at the Blades derby fixture against Barnsley.

Now a key defender for Chelsea in the FA Women's Super League, Millie, from Killamarsh, was the only player to feature in all four of England's games in the Euros.

Her rise to stardom in the ladies' game comes after a struggle with illness in her childhood years..

"As a baby I was quite poorly in and out of hospital with whooping cough and pneumonia

"I was then labelled asthmatic and had croup up to being 16, but that never stopped me, I loved being outside.

"People would always say I wouldn't last long in sport due to these illnesses but they never bothered me and I think that's where I get my determination from to prove people wrong and not make excuses.

"When I was nine I went to watch my friend play football, her dad was a coach and that is where it all began!

"Andy, who is my friend's dad, came back to my house waving papers at my mum begging her to let me sign and she did! She's only missed the odd match in all that time. From then on I played for my local team Killamarsh Dynamos for a few years, scored loads of goals and I loved it, I always had a ball at my feet.

"Eventually I got scouted for Sheffield United where I attended every Tuesday and Friday night. I remember all my friends used to go out Friday nights but I never missed a session, football was way more important to me even at a young age. I knew where I wanted to be in years to come.

"My Mum went to every match and she continues to do that now for Club and Country.

"At fifteen I was scouted for Doncaster Rovers Belles where I stayed until 2014. At the age of 17 I asked to leave and went on loan to Leeds United where I made my debut on my 18th birthday scoring the winning goal from coming off the bench. That day I got scouted for the England U19's.

"After the one season at Leeds I returned to the Belles and became a regular starter. The second time Chelsea came in for me I made the decision to move to London away from my family and horses, the two things I thought I could never leave. It was heart breaking for me but I wanted to be a professional footballer.

"I was ready for the challenge of the WSL1 with one of the top clubs, training everyday with the best footballers and learning how to become a true professional and fulfilling my dream
Family is everything to me as you can probably start to gather and they always come first no matter what. I love family gatherings and holidays and will try and visit home as much as possible," added Millie.

That's likely to be this week when Millie celebrates her 24th birthday. Millie will be presented to the crowd at half-time on Saturday.


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