LISTEN: How Wendy Sharpe became one of our footballing greats

When Wendy Sharpe was told by a teacher she should stick to girls’ sports, it steered her even more to having a go at football.

And with little more than a year playing the sport, Sharpe burst into the full New Zealand national side, as a 16-year-old striker.

In her debut, she scored New Zealand’s goal in a 1-1 draw with Australia.

It marked the start of a remarkable football career in which Sharpe scored 38 goals for New Zealand in 53 matches from 1980 to 1995.

With the prospect of being able to watch a FIFA Women’s World Cup in her own country, Sharpe shared the memories of her career — and her views of the current game — in a 25-minute with RNZ host Jessie Mulligan.

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