Lauren James, the 21-year-old Chelsea prodigy, shares the same football club as her elder brother, who is also an esteemed England national player.
It is a common occurrence for her to hear her name intertwined with his. “Even if it’s just ‘that’s Lauren James, that’s Reece’s sister’,” she expressed.
However, her aspiration is to carve out her own distinct identity and be recognized as “this is Lauren James”.
James further elaborated, stating that men’s football currently enjoys a significantly higher level of prominence.
She acknowledges that there may be instances where she is identified as “so and so’s sister”, and she considers it to be a natural phenomenon.
Nonetheless, this does not perturb her excessively as she is aware of having her own flourishing career.
Despite not participating in the Lionesses’ triumphant Euro 2022 campaign, the forthcoming World Cup, commencing on 20 July, presents an opportunity for James to become the first member of her family to secure victory in a prestigious international tournament.
Nevertheless, she asserts that sibling rivalry is minimal with her brother.
“To be fair, I believe he would simply be proud. We are akin to the closest of friends,” she revealed.
His counsel was simply to relish the World Cup, derive enjoyment from the experience, and endeavor to score goals.