Kelly Somers interview: Working as an England reporter 'can be really brutal'
First things first, dont think about the millions watching, Kelly Somers says with a laugh. Being the pitch-side reporter for England matches for 18 months has taught her that much. With the World Cup under way, it is truer than ever.
Somers will spend the next few weeks on screens at pubs and living rooms across the nation. She has already had a busy start after just one game: from cajoling Jude Bellingham to predict his opening goal ahead of Englands 6-2 win over Iran, to questioning Gareth Southgate on the Football Associations decision to drop the OneLove captains armband.
While covering a World Cup may figure as most reporters dream gig, Somerss imagination as a child never stretched to Doha. Simply upgrading her view at Vicarage Road was the initial goal.
Her love for Watford and football started thanks to her mother and grandparents, who were season-ticket holders, and she remembers gazing longingly across the pitch to where the press box was situated. I just thought they were some mystical people, Somers says, smiling at the thought after years spent mingling with fellow reporters.
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