Published 21 September 2021 4 min read
England Women's Senior Team

20 Questions with Lotte Wubben-Moy

Written by:

Frank Smith

England and Arsenal defender provides insight into what makes her tick as she answers a host of questions

Sarina Wiegman’s first England women’s senior team squad included a host of exciting, young talent and one of those who featured in the head coach’s maiden game in charge on Friday night was Arsenal defender Lotte Wubben-Moy.

Wubben-Moy broke into the Arsenal team as a 16-year-old before going on to spend a couple of years playing college football in the United States with the North Carolina Tar Heels.

The 22-year-old re-joined Arsenal upon her return to the UK and was called up by the senior England team for the first time in September 2020.

Friday night’s emphatic 8-0 victory over North Macedonia was Wubben-Moy’s third England appearance but before her substitute outing at St. Mary’s Stadium, the defender sat down with to take part in our regular feature ’20 Questions’.

What’s your earliest memory?

I always remember cycling down towards my house after being at the park and the rhythm of the pavement as it moved through the gaps, it made a really nice du-du, du-du, du-du noise and I think that was the earliest memory. I was obviously old enough to cycle but can’t remember exactly how old I was.

Lotte Wubben-Moy playing against France earlier this year.
Lotte Wubben-Moy playing against France earlier this year.

If you could go back in time, would you? And where to?

I don’t think I would go back in time because I think if I went back in time and changed anything or saw anything then this moment would be different. I like to live in the moment.

What do you like most about yourself?

I like that I am quite steady and even-keeled. I don’t get too excited about things but I also try not to get too low about things. It is quite a nice baseline to start from.

What's you biggest achievement?

My biggest achievement to date would probably be everything that comes from being a professional footballer. I never thought it was possible when I was young so to be able to call myself that now, and everything that comes from that like the England call-ups, the chance to play at The Emirates Stadium and stuff like that, that is probably what I am most proud of.

What’s your worst habit?

Sometimes when I speak my eyebrows move at the same time and ever since getting my scar on my forehead a few weeks ago, it kind of hurts to do it so I would say that is my worst habit for now.

What makes you most angry?

When people aren’t a good person. It is such an easy thing to do. I don’t know how you can live without good morals or good principles.

Who is your biggest influence?

The circle around me. My closest friends and family. That is away from the game as well. Having people around you who are unbiased and have different perspectives and lives to me, it gives you a different perspective.

How do you react under pressure?

I like to encourage and elevate other people. I think pressure is often not felt by one individual but many and if you can help others, then that helps to relieve pressure on me as well.

When do you do feel most at ease?

I feel most at ease when it is the evening and I have a cup of tea and I know that the day is done and I have done everything that I can.

What do you dream about when you sleep?

I actually don’t have dreams. I used to have dreams. I think dreams come in the sub-conscious bit where you wake up and then are napping or snoozing. But I have been sleeping deep recently and there have been no dreams. I have been knockout!

Favourite phrase or word?

Light. I always think when you are light and when there is light, most things feel good.

What reminds you of home?

When it is busy, like in a city. I live in London so everything that comes with that. There is always something happening so when I am in places like that.

Are you superstitious about anything?

I have no time for that.

What makes you cry?

I cry when I’m angry and frustrated. But I don’t get angry or frustrated often. So I wouldn’t say I cry loads but I don’t not cry either.

One song that makes me feel good?

I like Dreams by Fleetwood Mac.

Biggest obstacle?

Probably myself. When you can control the controllables, that is when you put yourself in the best possible situation to do anything. 

Lotte Wubben-Moy was captain of England Under-17s during the Under-17 World Cup in 2016.
Lotte Wubben-Moy was captain of England Under-17s during the Under-17 World Cup in 2016.

Favourite place in the world?

The present moment. That is a nice place to live in.

Most valuable possession?

I don’t think I have one. I am not really a ‘things’ person. Like I wouldn’t say my phone either as that is a bit rubbish. I don’t think it would be an object, I think it would be more memories that you hang on to.

Worst fear?

Running out of time. Actually, no it is feeling helpless. 

How would you like to be remembered?

As someone who helped elevate others.

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