Nikita Parris: ‘It’s exciting for English football. We’ve put so much work in’ | Suzanne Wrack

The leading scorer in WSL history draws on her 2015 selection heartache to help fuel England’s World Cup ambitions

Four years ago Nikita Parris was in Egypt, being woken up in the early hours by her mum to watch England play at the World Cup in Canada. “It was sometimes 1.30am over there,” she says. “I got on the laptop in my hotel room. Myself, my mum and my sister all crowding around, watching it, hoping the wifi was strong enough.

“They would wake me up. My mum would say: ‘Nikita, time to get up, the game’s on in half an hour …’ My mum was my alarm clock. She’s always been there for me.”

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