Kelly Smith, footballer: her story

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What is the price of following a sporting dream? For most it will be countless hours of hard work; single-minded, selfish, and lonely dedication to developing themselves to be the best player they can be; often sacrificing family, friends and even leaving your home country. England and Arsenal’s Kelly Smith has done all of this and reaped the rewards. She is England’s all-time leading scorer with over 100 caps, was recognised by FIFA as one of the top five players in the world four years in a row and received an MBE for services to football. However, she has also paid more than most. Numerous career threatening injuries and moves away from family and support systems have taken their toll. In the first chapter of her autobiography Footballer: My Story, she describes stopping in at a Harvester pub and drinking herself into oblivion despite being late for training with the national…

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