Former Arsenal midfielder Fara Williams opened up about her homeless past, revealing she spent time on the streets before her rise to prominence at club and country level.

Williams is England Women’s most-capped player, yet spent seven years of her career without a home. The 33-year-old, who recently joined Reading, juggled her football career with finding hostels to live in.

Reflecting upon that time in her life to Arsenal Player, Williams believes that it’s helped her grow as a person.


The veteran midfielder spent most of her career with Everton before joining Liverpool in 2012. She helped transform them from a team struggling down at the bottom to winning two consecutive league titles. In 2016, she joined Arsenal and made 22 appearances before the move to Reading.

Williams is one of the most successful English players around. Since making her Lionesses début in 2001, she has amassed 162 caps, playing in several major tournaments. The Former Arsenal star helped England to a third place finish in the 2015 World Cup, scoring her country’s only goal in 1-0 win over Germany.

She was also part of the squad that reached the semi-final in this summer’s European championships.

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