Former England captain Gil Kultar says Sky Sports News’ Leading the Lionesses series about her journey as a former captain with England – from starting a football career at an early age to discovering how the game has changed from her era to the present.
Kultar joined Doncaster Belles at the age of 13 – having previously been told he could not play football in high school – and received his first call to England at 18.
“Joining Doncaster Belles was scary when you thought you were 13 and taking part in a trial in which women were twice your age and much older,” she said. Sky Sports News.
“For the first few years, I was just working my way up and trying to figure everything out. I worked out if it’s for me and if I want to continue, because at 15 and 16 a lot of things come into your life. “But I just thought no, I want to play football and I want to play professionally.”
Kultar became captain of England in 1991 and said: “I was told I would be captain, which was great. For every captain of England, whether tiny, it doesn’t matter, you are leading your nation into battle.
“I found it surreal. It’s one of the biggest honors a player can have.”
She also achieved 119 international matches during her football career, becoming the first woman to score 100 matches as an amateur in the history of football.
Asked if she was proud of her achievements, she said: “Definitely. I am a pioneer and there are pioneers before me who played for England, like Pat Chapman.
“We all have to start somewhere, and unfortunately everyone tells me, ‘Your time was a little early.’ “But I paved the way for someone else. My era was something special.”
Leading the Lionesses from 1991 to 2000, Kultar explains his leadership style during those years.
She said: “I really encourage the players. You will always have someone who has a bad game and it is up to you to make sure you are trying to get back in the game.
“I would like to think that I played the way I talked about the game and I give one hundred and ten percent.”
Kultar also revealed some of her highlights as captain of England, explaining: “To lead the team. To bear this responsibility and to be one of the women who were captains of your country.
“The role of the captain of England has changed over the years from Sheila Parker to Leah Williamson. I think there are a lot more hands now and that’s because they spend a lot more time together as a team of players.
“But I think Williamson has the same characteristics that I had.”
She also believes that there have been “massive” changes in women’s play since the Kultar era.
“Everything has changed,” she said. “It was great when we were drafted from the FA in 1995. It was fantastic. We thought that was it, the world would be our oyster now.
“It was 10 to 15 years later when you could see the level and development of football change.”
While the landscape of women’s football has changed over the years, Coulthard says she would not mind being captain of modern England.
“I must say yes, of course you are,” she added. “Everyone you talk to would say that their era is the best. But if I could put on my boots, yes, of course I would.
She also revealed her advice to Williamson before the Euro.
“This is a huge tournament in my homeland. There is additional responsibility and pressure. It is no different from the euro for men. The nation will be behind you.
“I just want you to go there and enjoy the responsibility, because it may never happen again.
Keep up with the latest from Euro 2022 in Sky Sports and Sky Sports News this summer.
The report will be hosted by Sky Sports WSL host Caroline Barker, along with Jessica Creighton and Kyle Walker. Meanwhile, Karen Carney, Sue Smith, Courtney Sweetman-Kirk and Laura Bassett will give an analysis during the tournament.
They will be joined by the experienced goalkeeper of England Karen Bardsley and the defender of Manchester City Esme Morgan.
Experts and presenters will work from Sky Sports’ mobile presentation bus for women Euro 2022, which will follow the Sky Sports News team across the country to the various stadiums where matches are played.
In addition, Sky Sports’ Essential Football podcast will be rebranded for the Sky Sports Women’s Euros Podcast on June 21. Hosted by Charlotte Marsh and Anton Tolui, it will include exclusive news and player interviews in addition to the strong program around the tournament.
group A: England, Austria, Norway, Northern Ireland
group B: Germany, Denmark, Spain, Finland
group C: The Netherlands, Sweden, Portugal, Switzerland
Group D: France, Italy, Belgium, Iceland
Wednesday, July 6
Group A: England v Austria – start 20:00, Old Trafford
Thursday, July 7
Group A: Norway vs. Northern Ireland – start 20:00, St. Mary’s
Friday, July 8
Group B: Spain vs. Finland – start 17:00, MK Stadium
Group B: Germany v Denmark – start 20:00, London Community Stadium
Saturday, July 9
Group C: Portugal v Switzerland – starting 17:00, Leigh Sports Village
Group C: Netherlands v Sweden – start 20:00, Bramall Lane
Sunday, July 10
Group D: Belgium v Iceland – starting 17:00, Manchester City Academy Stadium
Group D: France vs. Italy – start 20:00, New York Stadium
Monday, July 11th
Group A: Austria v Northern Ireland – start 17:00, St. Mary’s
Group A: England vs Norway – start 20:00, Brighton and Hove Community Stadium
Tuesday, July 12
Group B: Denmark against Finland – start 17:00, MK Stadium
Group B: Germany v Spain – start 20:00, London Community Stadium
Wednesday 13 July
Group C: Sweden vs. Switzerland – 17:00, Bramall Lane
Group C: Netherlands v Portugal – start 20:00, Leigh Sports Village
Thursday, July 14
Group D: Italy against Iceland – starting at 17:00, Manchester City Academy Stadium
Group D: France vs. Belgium – 20:00, New York Stadium
Friday, July 15
Group A: Northern Ireland against England – start 20:00, St. Mary’s
Group A: Austria vs. Norway – start 20:00, Brighton and Hove Community Stadium
Saturday, July 16
Group B: Finland vs. Germany – start 20:00, MK Stadium
Group B: Denmark v Spain – start 20:00, London Community Stadium
Sunday, July 17
Group C: Switzerland v Netherlands – starting 17:00, Bramall Lane
Group C: Sweden v Portugal – 17:00, Leigh Sports Village
Monday, July 18
Group D: Iceland vs. France – start 20:00, New York Stadium
Group D: Italy against Belgium – start 20:00 at Manchester City Academy Stadium
Wednesday, July 20
Quarterfinal 1: Winners, Group A vs. Runners-up, Group B – Start 20:00, Brighton and Hove Community Stadium
Thursday, July 21
Quarter-finals 2: Group B winners against runners-up, Group A – start 20:00, London Community Stadium
Friday, July 22
Quarterfinal 3: Winners, Group C vs. Runners-up, Group D – Start 20:00, Leigh Sports Village
Quarterfinals 4: Winners, Group D vs. Runners-up, Group C – Start 20:00, New York Stadium
Tuesday, July 26
Semi-final 1: Winners, quarter-final 1 v Winners, quarter-final 3 – start 20:00, Bramall Lane
Wednesday, July 27
Semi-final 2: Winners, quarter-final 2 v Winners, quarter-final 4 – start 20:00, MK Stadium
Sunday, July 31
Winners, Semifinal 1 vs. Winners, Semifinal 2 – Start 17:00, Wembley