Sunday with Lauren Hemp: ‘I might do a curry, with sauce from a jar’


The Manchester City and England striker on vacuum cleaning, shopping, Netflix, taking a stroll down the canal for coffee and her Lego typewriter

Up early or lie-in? I like a lie-in, so I’m up as late as possible. If we’re away training and have to be down for breakfast before 9am, I’ll turn up at 8.50.

Sunday breakfast? I like an omelette but I’m not great at making them, so when I was away with England I’d always ask the chef. He said it’s all in the pan, so I now have a specific pan that doesn’t get used for anything else.

Sunday mornings? I live with my Man City teammate Esme Morgan – we’ll usually stroll along the canal to get a coffee.

Sundays growing up? As people say: you never have a roast quite like your mum’s. When I was young, I’d play football on a Saturday and cricket on a Sunday. Now, most of my games are on a Sunday.

Lunch? I’ve never actually made a roast dinner. I might do a curry, but I’m not very extravagant, so probably just chicken with sauce from a jar.

Sunday afternoon? Maybe a Hoover around the house, but I don’t particularly like doing the bins. Maybe off to the Trafford Centre for some clothes shopping. Or just chill. I enjoy doing Lego. It relaxes me leading up to a game.

What sort of Lego? When I was away with the Euros, I ordered a Lego typewriter with moving keys that was cool. The Lego Barcelona stadium took me ages because there were loads of pieces. Some of my teammates are sponsored by Lego, so I’m always asking if they’ve got any going spare.

Exercise? We don’t get many days off, so if I do, I’m on the sofa watching Netflix, Pointless or Hollyoaks.

Go out on a Sunday? We might meet for team activities, such as goingto Flight Club in Manchester to play darts. My mum and dad used to play, I’ve got a dartboard at home, and we had a dartboard during the Euros, so I’m pretty good!

Love or dread Mondays? If we’ve had a game on Sunday, we’ll have Monday off. If not, it’s back to training, 8am Monday. I enjoy the weekend, so Sunday evenings, I’m always a bit sad it’s over.

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