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Thursday 14 December 2017

Steph Roche; 'I'd go into I'm a Celebrity jungle … if the price was right'

Stephanie Roche, the first Irish player to be nominated for the prestigious FIFA PUSKAS award, took time out of her busy schedule to drop in and wish the students on the Profect Futsal Course well in their studies
Stephanie Roche, the first Irish player to be nominated for the prestigious FIFA PUSKAS award, took time out of her busy schedule to drop in and wish the students on the Profect Futsal Course well in their studies

FOOTBALLER Stephanie Roche has revealed that she would consider entering the I'm a Celebrity jungle … if the price was right.

The Shankhill striker rose to international acclaim when her wonder goal for Peamount Utd was shortlisted for FIFA's Puskas award.

"If it was offered I might do it, I'd have to keep all my options open," she admitted.

"If someone was throwing that kind of money at me to do something, I'd have to consider it. But as of yet, no one has."

Horizon

Football is a tough industry for female players and Stephanie has been outspoken about the fact that she can't afford to start saving for a house.

But with a US move on the horizon she has one eye on the future for her and long-term boyfriend Dean Zambra.

"It's hard to say what's in line for the future. I'd like to keep playing football for as long as I can, but obviously I need to concentrate on my life and try and maybe go and buy a house or get married," she said.

Her other half plays professionally for Bray Wanderers and the pair share a love of the game.

"It's been difficult for us because football is our primary focus at the minute," she explained.

The Dubliner caused a stir when she attended last month's Ballon d'Or ceremony in Zurich in a custom made dress by Irish designer Helen Cody.

Pictures emerged of footballing legends Ronaldo and Messi apparently eyeing her up at the glitzy event but she remains dismissive of the snaps.

"I've seen a few people saying that the Ronaldo and Messi picture takes away from the fact that I did so well in my football, and I think that's stupid," she confessed.

"I think people are happy to see an Irish person being looked up to by superstars. I've played football for the last 15 years now," Stephanie added.

"It's only in the last year that I've started to get, not something out of it, obviously I've enjoyed it all my life, but the last while I've got a lot of recognition over the goal and the Puskas."

"I think I was quite lucky in relation to sexism. I was lucky enough that I had a lot of people support me."

Talented Roche is getting ready to join the Houston Dash. The US Women's Soccer League club signed her amid reports that she was being courted by both English and US clubs.

In a frank interview with the Sunday Independent Roche also opened up about her eight-year relationship with her boyfriend.

"We get each other. We both know each other inside out. We'd do anything for each other," she said.

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