Leading the Lionesses: Mary Phillip on being England Women’s first black captain

In the final interview of Sky Sports News’ Leading the Lionesses collection, former England captain Mary Phillip explains her profession journey, what it means to put on the armband and offers her recommendation to present skipper Leah Williamson.

Phillip was handed the captain’s armband in 2003, making historical past by turning into the first black girl to captain England. She went on to earn 65 caps earlier than retiring in 2008.

The former Arsenal and Fulham defender started her footballing journey with Millwall Lionesses at 12 years previous, earlier than embarking on a profession through which she gained 5 Women’s Premier Leagues and 7 FA Cups.

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Phillip, who till 2011 was the solely participant to symbolize England in two World Cup squads, was handed her first call-up at 18 in 1995 after solely two coaching periods with the workforce.

Now supervisor of males’s Kent County League workforce Peckham Town, Phillip speaks to Sky Sports News as a part of the Leading the Lionesses collection forward of this summer season’s Euros.

‘Born and bred in Peckham’

“I grew up in Peckham and executed all the pieces inside Peckham. I used to be born and bred in Peckham.

“From there to my primary school, where we were given the opportunity to play girls-only football, when the boys wouldn’t let us play. It was fantastic, and it all grew and continued to grow from there.”

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Phillip on ‘shock’ first England call-up

“I received a letter from the FA saying I had been pulled up into the England squad for the upcoming World Cup. And it was a surprise because I’d only been to a couple of training sessions, and I’m now going to a World Cup.

“Just going on the market with the gamers that had been there, it was superb and seeing the necessities wanted, the requirements wanted to have the ability to push and grow to be that squad, it was a fantastic expertise.”

‘Honour’ of being England’s first black captain

“It wasn’t till just a few years again that I discovered that I had change into the first black feminine captain, years after me really having acquired the captaincy, and it is a fantastic honour to carry that.

“That is something that always goes down in history. And long after I’m gone, my great great grandkids will be able to see that when looking back in women’s football and say, ‘Hey, Mary Phillip, that’s my grandma, and she became England’s first black captain’.

“To be capable to go on the market [as captain], give the messages and be capable to lead and uplift the workforce and carry us ahead. You know, it is a fantastic expertise to have.”

Phillip on her management type

“Do what you can do, don’t try and do the impossible. If the options are there to play it first time, play it first time, don’t make things hard for yourself.

“And I prefer to assume that was just about how I put issues out after I performed the sport. Just take issues straightforward, and do not attempt to do the not possible.”

Has the role of England captain changed?

“Your captaincy is one thing private to your self and the way you’re as an individual. So, it is one thing that exhibits you on the market and what you need in your workforce.

“I don’t think the role itself has changed because a captain’s role is a captain’s role. It’s just the person who is captain at the time, how they pull it out there and how they rally the team up around them to make sure the team is giving the best performance that they possibly can.

“The trendy England facet could be a pleasant one to captain. But I do not see how it will be any completely different to after I did captain the workforce as a result of I’m positive the ladies have all obtained that very same drive and identical spirit to go on the market, play, platform and get a end result.

“And as long as you’re all wanting that and gunning for the same thing, I think the results and the atmospheres would all be the same.”

Phillip’s recommendation to Leah Williamson

“Just be the player you are, that’s all you can do!”

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Leah Williamson will lead England out as captain at the Euros for the first time at a serious match

Follow Euro 2022 throughout Sky Sports

Keep up with all the newest from Euro 2022 throughout Sky Sports and Sky Sports News this summer season.

Coverage shall be anchored by Sky Sports WSL presenter Caroline Barker, alongside Jessica Creighton and Kyle Walker. Meanwhile, Karen Carney, Sue Smith, Courtney Sweetman-Kirk and Laura Bassett will give evaluation all through the match.

They can even be joined by skilled England goalkeeper Karen Bardsley and Manchester City defender Esme Morgan.

The pundits and presenters will work from the Sky Sports Women’s Euro 2022 Mobile Presentation Bus, which is able to observe the Sky Sports News workforce round the nation to the numerous stadiums the place matches are being performed.

In addition, Sky Sports’ Essential Football Podcast shall be rebranded for the match to Sky Sports Women’s Euros Podcast rom 21 June. Hosted by Charlotte Marsh and Anton Toloui, it can function unique information and participant interviews along with a robust programme line up round the match.

Euro 2022: The teams…

Group A: England, Austria, Norway, Northern Ireland

Group B: Germany, Denmark, Spain, Finland

Group C: Netherlands, Sweden, Portugal, Switzerland

Group D: France, Italy, Belgium, Iceland

Euro 2022: The schedule…

Group stage

Wednesday July 6

Group A: England vs Austria – kick off 8pm, Old Trafford

Thursday July 7

Group A: Norway vs Northern Ireland – kick off 8pm, St Mary’s

Friday July 8

Group B: Spain vs Finland – kick off 5pm, Stadium MK

Group B: Germany vs Denmark – kick off 8pm, London Community Stadium

Saturday July 9

Group C: Portugal vs Switzerland – kick off 5pm, Leigh Sports Village

Group C: Netherlands vs Sweden – kick off 8pm, Bramall Lane

Sunday July 10

Group D: Belgium vs Iceland – kick off 5pm, Manchester City Academy Stadium

Group D: France vs Italy – kick off 8pm, New York Stadium

Monday July 11

Group A: Austria vs Northern Ireland – kick off 5pm, St Mary’s

Group A: England v Norway – kick off 8pm, Brighton and Hove Community Stadium

Tuesday July 12

Group B: Denmark vs Finland – kick off 5pm, Stadium MK

Group B: Germany vs Spain – kick off 8pm, London Community Stadium

Wednesday July 13

Group C: Sweden vs Switzerland – kick off 5pm, Bramall Lane

Group C: Netherlands v Portugal – kick off 8pm, Leigh Sports Village

Thursday July 14

Group D: Italy vs Iceland – kick off 5pm, Manchester City Academy Stadium

Group D: France vs Belgium – kick off 8pm, New York Stadium

Friday July 15

Group A: Northern Ireland v England – kick off 8pm, St Mary’s

Group A: Austria vs Norway – kick off 8pm, Brighton and Hove Community Stadium

Saturday July 16

Group B: Finland vs Germany – kick off 8pm, Stadium MK

Group B: Denmark vs Spain – kick off 8pm, London Community Stadium

Sunday July 17

Group C: Switzerland vs Netherlands – kick off 5pm, Bramall Lane

Group C: Sweden vs Portugal – kick off 5pm, Leigh Sports Village

Monday July 18

Group D: Iceland vs France – kick off 8pm, New York Stadium

Group D: Italy vs Belgium – kick off 8pm, Manchester City Academy Stadium

Knockout part

Quarter-finals

Wednesday July 20

Quarter-final 1: Winners Group A v Runners-up Group B – kick off 8pm, Brighton and Hove Community Stadium

Thursday July 21

Quarter-final 2: Winners Group B v Runners-up Group A – kick off 8pm, London Community Stadium

Friday July 22

Quarter-final 3: Winners Group C v Runners-up Group D – kick off 8pm, Leigh Sports Village

Quarter-final 4: Winners Group D v Runners-up Group C – kick off 8pm, New York Stadium

Semi-finals

Tuesday July 26

Semi-final 1: Winners quarter-final 1 v Winners quarter-final 3 – kick off 8pm, Bramall Lane

Wednesday July 27

Semi-final 2: Winners quarter-final 2 v Winners quarter-final 4 – kick-off 8pm, Stadium MK

Final

Sunday July 31

Winners semi-final 1 v Winners semi-final 2 – kick off 5pm, Wembley

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