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Eniola Aluko: ‘I won’t be paid the same as Wayne Rooney, because I’m not Wayne Rooney’

When the Chelsea and England star first played in the European Championships, she had to take an A-level the same day. As she joins the illustrious ranks of Woman’s Hour guest editors, she says her sport still has a long way to go

Two years ago, the BBC decided to hand control of what is perhaps its most beloved radio show to a series of inspiring women. Since 2014, the guest editors invited to take part in Woman’s Hour’s takeover week have included JK Rowling, Doreen Lawrence and Kim Cattrall. Next week, this prestigious line-up will be joined by a variety of stars from Angelina Jolie to Mary Berry.

Also among the latest roll-call is footballer Eniola Aluko. It would be a push to call her a household name just yet, but the 29-year-old Chelsea and England striker’s inclusion speaks volumes. After all, it took until 2011 for the FA to create the first women’s professional football league – the WSL – and it is only in the past couple of years that clubs such as Chelsea have been willing to pay their female players full-time salaries. In the UK at least, women’s football remains a teething toddler of sport.

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