We ask…Britta Carlson
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How did you start out in football?
I've been kicking a ball around since I was four.

What does football mean to you?
A huge amount! After all, it's become my job.

What does the national team mean to you?
I put the national team above almost everything else. I was a late developer in the national team, which is one reason I rate it so highly.

Your most memorable moment?
The year 2005 was a highlight for me, with two trophies in the space of six weeks.

Your biggest disappointment?
Not being called up for the World Cup in 2007.

Your hopes for the FIFA Women's World Cup 2011?
I'd like to help spread the passion around the country. We need everyone to be interested and involved in this festival. I'm also hoping for another long-term boost for girls' football.

Your favourites for the FIFA Women's World Cup?
There are plenty of teams capable of beating any other team nowadays. Not just Germany and the USA as in the past, but the Norwegians, the Swedes, and any number of the Asian nations.

Who is the best player in the world right now?
I don't personally rate one individual above the rest. You can't really compare a defender with a striker.

Who would you most like to meet?
The Dalai Lama. I'd be interested in finding out if he really has this aura.

If it hadn't been for football, what would you have become?
It was always going to be sport for me. I've been lucky enough to turn my hobby into a job.

Any special links with Steffi Jones?
We played together at the European championship in 2005. For me, Steffi was the personality who brought us all together.

What are you afraid of?
I don't have phobias or anything like that.

What's your favourite city?
I really liked London and Stockholm. New York would be a dream come true.

Which country would you like to get to know better?
Vietnam.