Question time: Dom Howson talks sport with Jess Clarke

England international Jess Clarke recently visited Wath Secondary School
England international Jess Clarke recently visited Wath Secondary School
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Jess Clarke, aged 23, is a midfielder who plays for Lincoln Ladies and represented her country 37 times. She is set to feature in England’s international with Canada at the New York Stadium this Sunday.

Who is your inspiration?

My mum. She had me at a young age and she had to give up on her dreams so I could fulfil mine.

Which sports star did you admire when you were growing up?

My inspiration is David Beckham. He’s a role model for all of us and he plays in the same position as I do.

What’s your favourite other sport?

After football, I really enjoy basketball.

Who is the most famous person in your phone?

Sue Smith!

When was the last time you cried?

That’s a tough one; I can’t remember the last time I cried if I’m being totally honest.

Who or what are you most proud of?

I recently got a mortgage. I’m only 23 and I’ve got a mortgage so I’m quite proud of that. I have my own property, which is very good.

What’s the best piece of advice you have received?

The best advice I’ve ever received was from my mum – she’s always said to be myself.

When did you know you were good at what you do?

I think I realised I had a natural ability to play football around the age of 13/14 and that’s when it took off for me. I took it seriously, and got into Leeds United and obviously got selected for England.

What one item do you take with you wherever you go?

I have to say my mobile phone. I don’t go out without it.

What is the most nervous you have ever been?

If I’m being honest when it comes to football I think I’m quite relaxed, but I get told I can sing, so when people put me up to this and ask me to sing them a song, it makes me really nervous!

Do you ever doubt yourself?

Yes of course I do; I would be lying if I say I don’t doubt myself. And I think most people obviously do. You just got to dig yourself out of it and start to believe in yourself.

What is your view on social networks like Twitter and Facebook?

I think they are brilliant! It’s a good way to stay in touch with people and let people know what’s going on in your daily life or advertising things like our England game we have got coming up. I don’t really have Twitter so I’d say Facebook is the one for me.

How do you relax away from sport?

I love just to go for a nice meal or go to the cinema. I love watching films.

Where was your last holiday - and would you go again?

It was at Christmas. I went on a cruise around the Caribbean. Yes, I would definitely go again!

Do you cook? If so, what’s your favourite meal and if not, who provides that meal?

I do cook; well I try to cook! I can cook a nice salmon, but generally my mum always cooks for me. My favourite meal is probably Italian food - a nice pasta tagliatelle is a favourite!

What was the last book you read?

The last book I read was Fifty Shades of Grey.

If you weren’t doing what you do, what would you do?

If I wasn’t playing football I’d love to be a performer – singing or dancing! If it wasn’t that, I would like to become a PE teacher.

Tell our readers in your own words why you think we’re interested enough to interview you?

Obviously I’m a local girl and with my background – coming from where I was, to where I am now playing football for England - is quite interesting and I think I have a story to tell.

What’s your favourite TV programme?

Vampire Diaries. At the moment, I’m also watching ‘Make It or Break It’ which is a gymnastics programme.

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