Kicking boys on the shins was an early inspiration, England skipper Casey Stoney has told Game Changers!
Stoney was able to put her feet up last week for a rest as her England team-mates ripped into Turkey to make it four wins out of four so far in their World Cup qualifying campaign.
The Lincoln captain took time out to visit the Game Changers studios and revealed how she got into the sport and how she struggles to sleep after a match!
"I first played football aged 3 but I had to play with the boys because I wasn't playing with a team," Casey told Di.
"I remember walking in and they were all looking at me as though I had two heads but it gave me the opportunity to play and an opportunity to kick the boys on their shins and have some fun! It was fantastic."
On her post-match activities she said: "Most game nights I won't be able to sleep because I am thinking about what I could have done better!"
And on being captain of her country, she added: "It's a brilliant job. I get to lead my team all over the world and play in front of lots of different people. It's changed my life. Growing up we didn't have a lot of money and we didn't travel or go on holiday so football has allowed me to do this."
Casey's top tips: "You've got to love what you do and listen to your coach or managers. And work hard - practice, practice, practice and you'll get better."