Chelsea's star striker Beth England used to think she wasn't good enough for the club
Chelsea striker Beth England says she used to think she wasn't good enough for the club as she battled with self-confidence.
England is the Blues' top scorer this season, adding two more to her tally at the weekend in Chelsea's 2-1 Continental League Cup final victory over Arsenal.
And the fact that she has managed to get to where she is today is largely down to her parents, she reveals.
“Everyone’s journey is different. I can’t say mine has been easy. It’s just been a long old roll, just putting myself out there, trying to prove myself.
"I have always been a grafter. My parents brought me up to never give up and be a worker. Thankfully, I’m getting results for that, and Emma [Hayes, Chelsea manager] is showing faith in me leading that frontline as a nine,” she told The Telegraph.
She added that she didn't think she'd make the grade for the Women's Super League side.
“I think at times, probably no. A lot of people that know me know my confidence was always [something] I did battle with. I have had a lot of people and help to try and boost that.
"Thankfully, I am in a position now where I am much more grown up, I would say, mentally as well as physically. I’m used to the game and how it is changing.
"The faith Emma is putting in me to lead that frontline is a testament to that in itself. I am thankful to be at this club and play for this team.”
England is now on her way to America to join her England team mates for the SheBelieves Cup that starts on March 5.