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Lauren Hemp wants England’s Euro 2022 success to pave way for next generation



England v Germany – UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 – Final – Wembley Stadium

Lauren Hemp hopes England’s success at Euro 2022 will spark significant growth in the sport and future players will have an easier path to professional play.

Hemp had to leave his hometown of Norwich aged just 16 in search of competitive football and got his reward six years later when he started every game as Sarina Wiegman’s side became the men’s first team or women of England since 1966 to win a major tournament.

The Football Association first introduced central contracts with a select group of players in 2009, but the Women’s Super League only became fully professional at the start of the 2018-19 season.

Hemp had to struggle to reach the heights of the women’s game (Nick Potts/PA)

As one of the youngest players in the England squad, Hemp has played almost her entire career in the fully professional era, but admitted reaching the top was still difficult.