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Zürich and Germany's Grings answers tweets

Published: Tuesday 4 September 2012, 11.27CET
FC Zürich Frauen's record-breaking German striker Inka Grings answers your questions – discussing her memories, overcoming adversity and why England may be ones to watch.

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Published: Tuesday 4 September 2012, 11.27CET

Zürich and Germany's Grings answers tweets

FC Zürich Frauen's record-breaking German striker Inka Grings answers your questions – discussing her memories, overcoming adversity and why England may be ones to watch.

Record-breaking former Germany striker Inka Grings took a break from preparing for FC Zürich Frauen's UEFA Women's Champions League round of 32 tie with FCF Juvisy Essonne to answer questions posted by UEFA.com users via our twitter page @UEFAcom using #AskInka. The 33-year-old, top scorer at the past two UEFA European Women's Championships and a UEFA Women's Cup winner with FCR 2001 Duisburg in 2009, discusses her fondest memories, triumphing through adversity and why England may be ones to watch.

I've had so many great moments internationally with the national team, but also with Duisburg and even here in Switzerland
Inka Grings
I think that if the league becomes a bit stronger, then I'm convinced England will be fighting at the top in the next few years
Inka Grings

‏@ErryKop: How have you managed to play for so long at the top level?

Inka Grings: I think my ambition and the people around me made me fight to get to the top. There were certainly times when I wasn't having fun and didn't have any power left. I had to start from scratch and claw my way back, and that's very tough, psychologically as well. It cost me a lot of energy, but I still love this sport; I think that helps you go beyond your limits.

@MrCookieBoy: What are your best memories as a football player?

Grings:I've had so many great moments internationally with the national team, but also with Duisburg and even here in Switzerland we had a really successful season [winning the title and reaching the UEFA Women's Champions League round of 32]. I think that in 17 years as a professional footballer there are bound to be a lot of nice moments and experiences, personal ones too. But to list them all now is difficult – there's no concrete 'one' I could name.

‏@Football_Dan: Who is the best player you have played alongside, and why?

Grings: I've played with some greats, really nice people – players like Maren Meinert, Birgit Prinz, Martina Voss, Bettina Wiegmann and also Claudia Mandrysch from my time at Duisburg. I played with all of them, and they really left a mark on me. I can't name just one really exceptional player, there have been too many great ones.

@marcbernstein: Will the England national team ever make it to the level of the German or US sides?

Grings: Let me answer with a counter question: why not? I think England have developed a lot in the past few years. There are a lot of young players in the team that need to gain some experience – similar to the German team, who didn't just come out of the blue and become truly world class. I think the work they're doing in England is good. And I think that if the league becomes a bit stronger, then I'm convinced England will be fighting at the top in the next few years.

‏@Deegley: Which players do you like to watch and why?

Grings: I love football and watch almost every game from the German Bundesliga. I follow the Spanish and English leagues, and also the German women's Bundesliga, but I can't really say that I have a favourite player.

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