Lioness captain Leah Williamson reveals Apple Music playlist that paved her way to success | The Sun

ENGLAND women's football captain Leah Williamson has revealed the songs that helped make her a champion.

The Lioness heroine, 25, has teamed up with Apple Music to create an exclusive playlist of tracks that helped her deal with setbacks, and also motivate her to smash it on the pitch.


Role model Leah's stirring Music That Moves Me playlist runs the gamut, from sad songs that helped her deal with overcoming injuries to soulful Motown numbers to chill her out before a big game.

Leah tells Apple Music that she deals with the ups and downs of a sporting career by embracing the difficult times as much as the glorious ones.

“I’m really on board with listening to sad music during those moments, like when I got injured recently,” she reveals.

“I’m a person that likes to feel the emotion of whatever situation has presented itself, and I switch when I’m back to work, like, ‘OK—let’s go for it now.’ And I’ll turn to Motown and soul tracks, which connect me to real life.”

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Leah adds that melancholic music, including the likes of Adele, Aretha Franklin and Cat Burns, helps her prepare for the rollercoaster that a sporting tournament inevitably brings.

“I’m a bit different from others in the sense that generally you listen to pumped-up music with a strong beat to get you moving,” she explains. “But I like music that also chills me out before the game.”

Other tracks in the playlist include a live version of You by Miley Cyrus,Sam Fender's Spit of You and Damages, a track from rapper Tems, who appears on Beyonce's new album.

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Leah and the girls stormed to victory on Sunday night, beating Germany 2-1 in a tense final that went into extra time.

Chloe Kelly scored the all-important winning goal during the nailbiting final moments.

An average of 11 million viewers tuned in to watch the match, peaking at a massive 17.5 million.

Leah’s Playlist in Full

Leah’s tracks span from Motown to modern soul

Constellations- Jade LeMac
Free Mind- Tems
Flight’s Booked- Drake
Found It 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
Damages- Tems
Lay It On Me- Mickey Guyton
Don’t Forget My Love- Miguel and Diplo
Next To You- John Vincent III
Falling (feat. Malika)- Snakehips
Spit 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
Come On In- Lady Wray
Cry to Me (Single Version)- Solomon Burke
Drive and Disconnect- Nao
Does It Make You Feel Good?- Joesef
Bed on Fire- Teddy Swims
Altar- Kehlani
For Tonight- GIVEON
A Little Honey- Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
On The Low- Burna Boy
I Need to Know- Tim Chadwick
Touch- Shura
Hard Place- H.E.R.
Secret (feat. Jeremih & Serani)- Burna Boy
Essence (feat. Tems)- Wizkid
Gal Policy- Kranium
Nights Like This (feat.Ty Dolla $ign)- Kehlani
Broken Halos- Chris Stapleton
Baby I Am- Dalton Dover
To Be Loved By You- Parker McCollum
Somebody Else’s Guy (Radio Mix)- Jocelyn Brown
WAIT FOR U (feat. Drake & Tems)- Future

Late Night Feelings (feat. Lykke Li)- Mark Ronson
The Angel (North London Forever)- Louis Dunford
Afraid To Feel- LF SYSTEM
Free- Cat Burns
Last Call- Jamie Miller
Until You Come Back to Me (That’s What I’m Gonna Do- Aretha Franklin
Hold On- Adele
I’ll Be Around- The Spinners
Slow Hand- The Pointer Sisters
Bring It On Home to Me- Sam Cooke

Leah Williamson: Music That Moves Me is available exclusively on Apple Music.

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