spotlight interview fa.com
Did you ever envisage that you would play for England?
No, I didn't even really know about ladies teams so when I was picked and asked to go down to
Millwall, it was the first I had heard of it.
What has been the highlight of your career so far?
It has to be last season, with Fulham and England. The FA Cup Final was great - we won the
trophy to finish off a great season and it was special for me, with scoring the winning goal. Your
club manager, Gaute Haugenes, recently said that you could play in any international team in the
How are you coping with all the hype that is surrounding you?
It is a great feeling but I am keeping my feet on the ground. I have got my home life and my
partner Mark encourages me through it all. As long as I keep my feet on the ground and keep
enjoying it, everything will be fine.
What did it mean to you to win the Nationwide International Player of the Year Accolade at this
year's FA Awards?
That was fantastic for me. I haven't been playing for England for long and to come along and get
that so early in my career was great for me, a great feeling.
Last summer you competed in the 2001 European Championships in Sweden. Did that give you
a taste for the big international tournaments?
Definitely. I mean, I love big games like that and going out there and representing your country
against teams like Germany was a great experience for me. I just want to do more of it! You
played in every game in the Algarve Cup earlier this year against the likes of Norway, USA and
Are we closing the gap on these great nations?
Definitely! We didn't win those games but the results were close. I think people were expecting
5-0 defeats but we came back and we proved people wrong. We are catching up with them and
maybe one day we will be beating them.
Are you confident that England can make it to the World Cup in China next year?
Yeah, I mean we have been playing really well. We have got wins under our belt in the group
stage as well. It was a shame about the Germany result in May when we lost 1-0 at Crystal
Palace. But we are fighting fit and hopefully we will get through the play-offs.
If you could improve any aspect of your game, what would it be?
There are probably many things! I would like to improve my fitness, my ability with the ball and to
improve my skills. Just improve all round as a player!
Saturday August 17, 2002
Katie Chapman was born in 1982 in London. She started playing football at the age of 10 with
Millwall Lionesses. Having made her debut for England Under-18s at 16, she was awarded her
first senior cap at 17, and is now a regular member of the England squad. In 2000 she left
Millwall for Fulham, the only women's professional side in Europe. Katie scored one of the
winning goals in the final of the Women's FA Cup in May. The women's football season starts
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Being married with children.
What is your greatest fear?
A career-ending injury.
Which living person do you most admire?
Mark, my partner, because he encourages and supports me.
What is your greatest extravagance?
Shopping for clothes!
What objects do you always carry with you?
My mobile phone and my purse.
Where would you like to live?
What makes you depressed?
What single thing would improve the quality of your life?
What do you most dislike about your appearance?
My big feet!
What is your favourite smell?
What is your favourite building?
What is your favourite book?
A Child Called 'It' by Dave Pelzer.
How did you vote in the last election?
I did not vote.
Do you believe in monogamy?
What or who is the greatest love of your life?
My family and Mark, my partner.
What is your greatest regret?
I am fortunate not to have any regrets.
How do you relax?
Shopping and watching TV.
What would your motto be?
What keeps you awake at night?
Nothing, I am a good sleeper.
Do you believe in life after death?
How would you like to be remembered?
As a great footballer.
What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
Make the most of your opportunities.