Published: 11:35 BST, 9 June 2015 | Updated: 15:56 BST, 9 June 2015
England striker Eniola Aluko has told how she's finally been able to put her job as a sport and showbiz lawyer on hold to fulfil her dream of bringing home the World Cup for The Three Lionesses.
The 28-year-old Chelsea forward used to juggle football with negotiating commercial deals for the likes of One Direction, David Beckham and Eden Hazard.
Nigerian-born Eniola, who moved to Birmingham when she was a year old, believes huge changes in the sport have meant she is now able to focus on lifting the coveted trophy in Canada this summer.
England striker Eniola Aluko quit her career as a sport and showbiz lawyer to fulfil her dream of becoming a full-time footballer
Ahead of the team's opening game against France on 9 June, she told The Sun: 'One of the reasons I really stuck at law is that I didn't know if being a professional footballer could ever be an option for me.'
During her career Eniola, who was called into the England set-up at the tender age of 14, has seen massive advances in the sport that enables young girls to chose it as a potential career.
'When I was growing up, I loved football but it wasn't an identifiable career path. But now for a young girl, there is a path,' Eniola, who has scored 32 goals for her country, told the newspaper.
'There are professional teams, role models and the England team is very established.'
For eight years Eniola lived a 'double life' as a striker and trainee solicitor.
It usually takes five or six years to qualify but after she spent time studying and playing in the United States, Eniola's journey took a little longer.
The 28-year-old Chelsea forward used to juggle football commitments with negotiating commercial deals for One Direction starts, from left, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan and Harry Styles
Writing in her BBC Sport column she said that 'it's taken a lot of blood, sweat and tears to get to this point' and 'after a tough training session, the last thing you want to do is go into the office'.
Eniola said she has worked for 'understanding law firms' who have given her a varied taste of the sports and entertainment world, 'from working on commercial deals for David Beckham through to divorce cases and the hacking trial'.
'At one firm, I helped the likes of One Direction and artists from the X-factor negotiate with their record labels,' she said.
Dunia Susi, centre, and Eniola Aluko, right, congratulate Toni Duggan, left, on scoring a goal for England after the UEFA Women's Euro 2013
Eniola said she 'really stuck at law' as she didn't know if 'being a professional footballer' could ever be an option
'And I even helped represent comedian Frankie Boyle in his defamation case against the News of the World.'
Being able to put law on the backburner coincides well with the biggest year of her football career.
After a 'really successful qualifying campaign' Eniola said the main thing for her and the squad is to 'believe we can win the World Cup'.
She was the top scorer in the World Cup qualification with 13 goals and England topped their group by winning every game.
Chelsea forward Eniola said becoming a professional footballer is now an 'identifiable career path' for young girls
Jill Scott, left, celebrates after scoring against Cameroon at the 2012 London Olympics with teammates Eniola Aluko, centre, and Kelly Smith, right
The 2015 World Cup is the third she has played in and she hopes the team can surpass the quarter finals - their furthest feat so far.
As well as seeing changes in the Women's Super League - it is in its fourth year and continues to grow - Eniola added that 'men are really supportive'.
The hopefuls have received words of encouragement from the likes of Prince William, Manchester United ace Wayne Rooney, Match Of The Day host Gary Linekar and Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho.
She told the BBC that she plans to return to sports law when she finishes playing and occasionally gets team-mates asking her opinion on their deals with clubs.
She added: 'Women's football is still quite young so players aren't always that savvy when it comes to their contracts.
'You do get occasions where they have signed something that they didn't want to, but if I can offer advice it's always nice to help progress their careers.
'After I retire from football, representing female players is something that might appeal to me.'