Not content to judge their daughter’s relationship with ‘Matt’ on pictures alone, Emily’s parents permitted the internet friendship only after first checking that Emily’s crush wasn’t actually some predatory older man posing as a teenager.Emily says: ‘I had a very low opinion of myself at the time, so for Matt to find me attractive was amazing.That afternoon, Julia and Ian took Emily, her friend and Matt to the park to walk the family’s dogs and, at one point, the three teenagers ran off together.
In contrast, Emily’s ‘boyfriend’ Matt — in reality a 16-year-old girl from Surrey — has never been charged, and this week was still to be found on certain internet networking sites, including Twitter, pretending to be a boy.I told all my friends at school and showed them his picture. It was so perfect.’Emily and Matt arranged to meet again during the October half-term.This time Emily’s father Ian, 47, a driver, took her to the station to meet Matt, who was dropped off by car by his grandmother and auntie.Started at Sunderland in her native north-east before moving to Leeds United and then Arsenal. Made history in October last year by becoming the first female footballer to feature on the cover of Vastly experienced defender who has been capped 119 time by the national team over 15 years.A former captain of the side, she has been selected for two European Championships and two World Cups, and also led Team GB at the 2012 Games.Williams has achieved plenty in the game, winning the Premier League Cup in 2008 and the FA Women's Cup in 2010 during her eight years with Everton.After joining city rivals Liverpool, Williams added two WSL titles in 20 to her medal haul.‘Ian came over to me and said: “I think it’s a girl, it’s not a boy” and I said: “What on earth makes you think that?” and he told me Matt’s auntie had said: “I hope she behaves herself,” before driving off.I would have been absolutely mortified if there had been any touching.’‘Then, they turned round and said: “I hope you have been a good girl, Chloe,” and I felt physically sick and incredibly foolish. I went back to our car and said: “Oh my God, Ian, Emily, it’s a definitely a girl,” and that’s when Emily’s world fell apart.’Emily continues: ‘I burst into tears, saying: “No, it can’t be,” because I still loved this person.I just didn’t want to believe it, because you can’t go straight from loving someone to hating them.