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England captain Leah Williamson says most sportswomen need back-up careers - as she trains to be accountant

England captain Leah Williamson says most sportswomen need back-up careers - as she trains to be accountant

The Arsenal and England footballer has been training to be an accountant and has used her injury lay-off to make her first business investment, hoping it puts her on solid ground for a post-football career.
England captain Leah Williamson has said it's important sportswomen have another qualification in their locker "in case anything goes wrong".

The Lioness, who led her side to glory in the European Championships last year, is training to be an accountant, having decided to pursue it as a potential back-up career.

"Originally, when I started it, women's football wasn't as secure as it is now," she said.

"I started it as a bit of an insurance policy for me to take the pressure off football - so if it didn't work out, I have something else."

The 26-year-old is a star player for her country and club side Arsenal, but is enduring a months-long break from the game after suffering a serious knee injury in April.

The rupture to her anterior cruciate ligament and subsequent surgery ruled her out of this summer's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, which runs from 20 July to 20 August.

Williamson revealed she'd had a "physical or mental question mark" hanging over her every day since last October, having played huge amounts of football for both England and Arsenal.

"I have to listen to my body, give it what it needs," the defender added.

'A secure thing to have in my locker'

Since undergoing surgery, Williamson has put her interest in finance into action by investing in Toca Football, which operates indoor football centres and themed entertainment venues.

It is her first business venture, and she hopes it will stand her in good stead for a post-football career.

"I enjoyed maths at school, so it seemed like a secure thing to tick off and that I always have in my locker," she said.

"I don't want to wish away my career, but it is a short-lived time for all of us."

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