England’s Fara Williams: ‘We’re feeling the pain but if you want to win it needs to hurt’ | Louise Taylor

The midfielder says a punishing training regime and Mark Sampson’s willingness to let his players go ‘walkabout’ are setting up England well for Euro 2017

Fara Williams takes a seat in the vast hotel lobby and contemplates a soaring ceiling, minimalist decor and the lush, rolling Staffordshire parkland on view through giant plate-glass windows.The clever use of light, space and the local landscape create an air of tranquillity but appearances can be thoroughly deceptive. As Williams, somewhat wryly, confirms, this is a place of pain and pressure for the England women’s football team as they prepare for Euro 2017 in the Netherlands.“We’re defini...