England goalie who has crossed eyes on how she overcame sight issues

England goalie, 21, who was born with severely crossed eyes and has depth perception issuesmeaning she struggles to pour water into a glassreveals how she was told to ditch her dream of playing for the Lionesses

  • The 21-year-old was called up to play for the Lionesses in February 2020
  • Hampton has spoken out about sight issues that almost wrecked her career
  • She was born severely cross eyed and diagnosed with depth perception issues at the age of 12 – meaning she struggles to judge how a football approaches her
  • The goalie, who plays for Aston Villa, has adjusted her play to ensure she overcomes the issue and says she doesn’t want surgery that’s just aesthetic
  • An England goalkeeper has revealed how sight problems left her fearing her dreams of a football career were over before they’d begun.

    Hannah Hampton, 21, who plays for Aston Villa and the England Lionesses, has spoken out about how she was born with a squint so severe that it left her with crossed eyes and needing three operations as a toddler, none of which fully corrected the problems.

    Parlando con il La difficoltà a distinguere tra i colori rosso e verde indossati dalle due squadre è la forma più comune di daltonismo, the Lioness said she also suffers from depth perception issues, which means she struggles to judge how far away an object is and finds it difficult to, per esempio, pour a drink into a glass.

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    England goalkeeper Hannah Hampton, 21, who plays for Aston Villa, has revealed how she was told her football career wasn't worth pursuing because of her sight problems

    England goalkeeper Hannah Hampton, 21, who plays for Aston Villa, has revealed how she was told her football career wasn’t worth pursuing because of her sight problems

    The goalkeeper, who was born in the Midlands but moved to Spain aged five, was born with a squint that left her severely cross eyed and needing three operations as a toddler

    The goalkeeper, who was born in the Midlands but moved to Spain aged five, was born with a squint that left her severely cross eyed and needing three operations as a toddler

    The condition, diagnosed at the age of 12, saw her told to abandon her dream of playing in goal for England one day, but the footballer has represented her country at junior level and in February 2020 received a call-up for the main squad.

    Determined to keep playing, the goalie says she learned literally painful lessons on how to overcome her sight problems on the pitch.

    She told the i: ‘At the beginning I didn’t know I had it and a lot of the time the ball would smack me in the face.

    Hampton, who moved to Spain with her parents at the age of five, says nosebleeds and broken fingers became par for the course as she struggled to judge the ball coming towards her.

    A future operation could correct how her eyes look, lei dice, but won’t help her eyesight and she’s cautious about going ahead if there’s no actual improvement to her vision.

    She told the i newspaper that she was also diagnosed with depth perception issues at the age of 12 - meaning she struggles to judge how a football approaches her

    She told the i newspaper that she was also diagnosed with depth perception issues at the age of 12 – meaning she struggles to judge how a football approaches her

    The footballer says she faces the possibility of more surgery but isn't keen if they only improve the aesthetics of her eyes and not the vision

    The footballer says she faces the possibility of more surgery but isn’t keen if they only improve the aesthetics of her eyes and not the vision

    An ambassador for Birmingham Children’s Hospital, Hampton says she hopes her story will help others fight to overcome similar obstacles

    An ambassador for Birmingham Children’s Hospital, Hampton says she hopes her story will help others fight to overcome similar obstacles

    The goalie says she experienced painful matches because of her depth perception problems and would frequently suffer a bloody nose or broken finger

    The goalie says she experienced painful matches because of her depth perception problems and would frequently suffer a bloody nose or broken finger

    As a young player, her footballing talent was spotted by Argentina player Fabio Fuentes and she had trials at Spanish club La Liga, close to the school where her parents were teaching at the time.

    After returning to the UK, she played for Birmingham City before getting an England call-up.

    WHAT IS A STRABISMUS?

    If a person suffers with strabismus, one eye looks directly at the object they are viewing and the other eye is misaligned.

    It can face inward (esotropia, ‘crossed eyesor ‘cross-eyed’), outward (exotropia or ‘wall-eyed’), upward (hypertropia) or downward (hypotropia).

    Strabismus can be constant or intermittent.

    About one in 20 children have a squint, or strabismus, but exotropia is far less common.

    Squints usually develop during the first three years of life, but can appear later.

    It is often spotted in early childhood, sometimes within weeks of a baby being born.

    Many historical painters suffered with the condition, Compreso: Pablo Picasso, Edgar Degas and Rembrandt.

    Lady Louise Windsor also is believed to have the condition.

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    Now an ambassador for Birmingham Children’s Hospital, Hampton says she wants to ‘change people’s mindsetsafter experiencing what it’s like to be told you can’t compete at the highest level.

    A marzo 2021, Hampton received an apology from The Football Association after the then Birmingham City player was informed she hadn’t made the Olympic squad – appena 90 minutes ahead of the club’s clash at home to Everton, which they went on to lose 4-0.

    Al tempo, Hampton’s Birmingham manager Carla Ward was damning of The FA’s timing and the organisation later released a statement apologising for its conduct.