ENGLAND women’s football captain Leah Williamson has revealed the songs that helped make her a champion.
The 25-year-old heroine Lioness has teamed up with Apple Music to create an exclusive playlist of tracks that help her deal with setbacks and also motivate her to crush it on the pitch.
Role model Leah’s moving Music That Moves Me playlist runs the gamut, from sad songs that helped her get through her injuries to soulful Motown numbers to wind her down before a big game.
Leah tells Apple Music that she navigates the ups and downs of an athletic career by embracing the tough times as well as the glorious ones.
“I’m definitely okay with listening to sad music during those times, like when I got injured recently,” she reveals.
“I’m a person who likes to feel the emotion of any situation that has come up, and I change when I’m back at work, like, ‘OK, let’s go now.’ And I will turn to Motown and soul music, which connects me to real life.
Leah adds that soulful music, including Adele, Aretha Franklin and Cat Burns, helps prepare her for the roller coaster that a sports tournament inevitably brings.
“I’m a little different from other people in the sense that usually you listen to pumped up music with a loud beat to get you moving,” she explains. “But I like music that also relaxes me before the game.”
Other tracks on the playlist include a live version of You by Miley Cyrus, Spit of You by Sam Fender and Damages, a track by rapper Tems, which appears on Beyonce’s new album.
Leah and the girls claimed victory on Sunday night, beating Germany 2-1 in a tense final that extended into extra time.
Chloe Kelly scored the most important game-winning goal in the biting final moments.
An average of 11 million viewers tuned in to watch the game, peaking at 17.5 million.
Leah’s entire playlist
Leah’s tracks range from Motown to modern soul
Constellations – Jade Le Mac
Free Mind – Time
The flight is booked – Drake
Found in You (Demo) – Tiera Kennedy
Mood (feat. Buju) – Wizkid
Kill the Lights (with Nile Rodgers) [Audien Remix]- Alex Newell, Jess Glynne and DJ Cassidy
You (Live) – Miley Cyrus
WE (Warm Embrace) – Chris Brown
Time N Affection – Rema and Chris Brown
Damage – Time
Lay It On Me – Mickey Guyton
Don’t Forget My Love – Miguel and Diplo
Next to you – Jean Vincent III
Falling (feat. Malika) – Snakehips
Spit Out Of You – Sam Fender
TWIST & TURN (feat. Drake & PARTYNEXTDOOR) – Popcaan
Overpass Graffiti – Ed Sheeran
True Love (feat. Tay Iwar & Projexx) – Wizkid
Finesse – Pheelz and BNXN fka Buju
Go to Lady Wray
Cry to Me (single version) – Solomon Burke
Driving and disconnecting – Nao
Does it make you feel good? -Joesef
Bed on Fire – Teddy Swims
Altar – Kehlani
For tonight – GIVEON
A Little Honey – Nathaniel Rateliff and Night Sweats
On the Low – Burna Boy
I need to know – Tim Chadwick
Touch – Shura
Hard Place – SHE
Secret (with Jeremih & Serani) – Burna Boy
Essence (feat. Tems) – Wizkid
Politics Gal – Kranium
Nights Like This (feat. Ty Dolla $ign) – Kehlani
Shattered Halos – Chris Stapleton
Baby I Am – Dalton Dover
To Be Loved By You – Parker McCollum
Someone Else’s Guy (Radio Mix) – Jocelyn Brown
WAIT FOR U (feat. Drake & Tems) – Future
Late Night Feelings (with Lykke Li) – Mark Ronson
The Angel (North London Forever) – Louis Dunford
Fear of feeling – LF SYSTEM
Free – Cat burns
Last Call – Jamie Miller
Until you come back to me (That’s what I’ll do – Aretha Franklin
Hold On – Adele
I’ll be there – The Spinners
Slow Hand – The Pointer Sisters
Bring It Home For Me – Sam Cooke
Leah Williamson: Music That Moves Me is available exclusively on Apple Music.