Alli Murphy of London City Lionesses London City Lionesses v Sheffield United Women, Womens Championship football match, Princes Park Stadium, Dartford, UK - 06 Sep 2020 Photo: Robin Parker for The FA

‘I was made to live here’ – Alli Murphy loving Championship life with London City Lionesses

Alli Murphy says that she is enjoying every single minute of life playing in the FA Women’s Championship with London City Lionesses.

The 26-year-old versatile midfielder moved to England to join The Pride last summer following a spell playing her football in Iceland with Selfoss.

When speaking to FA Women’s Super League Full-Time this week, Murphy said that her decision to move to England was the best one that she has ever made and she is loving life as an FA Women’s Championship player.

“I’ve really enjoyed it,” said Murphy. “I’ve played in other places in Europe and this is the easiest transition because everyone speaks my language.

“The competitive level of every game, the competitiveness of our training, the drive and motivation that people want this and that ¬†they really enjoy football and are passionate about it is just awesome.

“I’m thriving here, I love this. About three weeks in, I called my dad back home in Ireland and said ‘Hey why did you not just move me to England’.

“I was made to live here. Football every weekend, watching the men’s games every Saturday, this is what I dreamed of doing my whole entire life.”

Murphy’s first season in England will soon be coming to an end but with Leicester City, Chelsea and Liverpool to play, the player still has lots to be excited about before hanging up her boots for the summer break.

“It’s super exciting,” she said. “Just saying those names gives me chills because I grew up watching the Premier League and the men’s side so it is just so funny when you call back home and say that you are going to be playing Liverpool.

This weekend sees London City Lionesses make the trip to Farley Way to face FA Women’s Championship leaders Leicester City. The Foxes could win promotion with victory over The Pride and Murphy says that Jonathan Morgan’s side are in that position because they are ruthless and have competed until the final whistle in every game.

“Leicester have had a good season,” Murphy said. “As a team, they’ve ground out every game. They’ve got the goals when they’ve needed to, they finish when they need to finish and they push through to the end of the game.¬†That’s what it takes to be top of the table.

“I think we can learn from their season – how they kept going the whole time and they never made a game easy on anybody. Even when they played us, they were on us until the last minute trying to get another goal back to start something going again.”

London City Lionesses’ FA Women’s Championship fixture against Leicester City is scheduled to kick-off at 2pm on Sunday and will be available for fans to stream live on the FA Player.

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