Lionesses’ supervisor, Sarina Wiegman, at a press convention in Brisbane
England can obtain their dream and win the Ladies’s World Cup, supervisor Sarina Wiegman and followers insisted yesterday.
The European champions go into their first recreation in opposition to outsiders Haiti this morning as second favourites to win the match after world champions the US.
Wiegman admitted there can be strain on her aspect ‘each time we play’ – simply because they’re England. However she believes the Lionesses are able to make historical past once more after their 2-1 victory over previous foes Germany within the Euro finals final summer time.
Tens of millions of followers at house within the UK, a lot of them schoolchildren, are being urged to “have soccer for breakfast”.
The Lionesses will line up in Brisbane for a ten.30am UK time kick-off right now.
They’re “raring to go”, based on captain Millie Brilliant.
Supervisor Wiegman stated: “We’re right here and we now have a dream – and naturally, there’s at all times an opportunity to win the World Cup. We are going to give our every little thing.”
She joked: “I’ve selected my beginning 11, however I’m not going to inform you.”
The Dutch coach is bound her gamers have put talks over bonus funds on the match behind them.
Brilliant, 29, stated the Lionesses have been “itching for the match to formally start”.
“We’re absolutely centered,” she informed a pre-match press convention. “Everybody is prepared.
“The women have been all watching the opening video games, pleasure ranges are actually excessive. We’re counting down the hours.”
Ex-England keeper, Karen Bardsley
Ex-England keeper Karen Bardsley turned up because the staff had a ultimate look across the 52,500-seater Brisbane stadium the place right now’s showdown takes place.
She waved at gamers who came to visit to hug her as she wished them good luck.
In a brand new social media movie, the Soccer Affiliation urged supporters again house to observe the staff.
They’ll watch the motion at venues together with Boxpark in Shoreditch, London, the Ledward Centre in Brighton, Saltbox in Nottingham and Ladies in Soccer, Manchester.
In the meantime, England followers flew into Brisbane forward of the sport to hitch an expat military of supporters.
Andy Milne, 60, turned a cult determine with Three Lions followers in Qatar when he was seen at World Cup video games with a reproduction Jules Rimet trophy.
Alex Greenwood kicks a ball throughout observe at Brisbane
Nicknamed “World Cup Man”, he has come to Australia from his house in Thailand and has tickets to observe the sport together with his daughter Laila, 27, who’s on a working vacation.
As he loved a pre-match occasion within the Charming Squire pub in Brisbane, he stated: “It’s going to be unbelievable to observe England. I hope soccer is coming house.
“They’ve misplaced gamers however they’re undoubtedly one of many favourites. I’d come again for the ultimate – I can’t miss that.”
Laila, an govt assistant, added: “I do imagine England will do it and I’ll go to the ultimate. I’m very patriotic, identical to my dad.
“I really feel like crying after they win.”
Christopher Goodall, 52, a hearth technician, from Birmingham has been residing in Australia for the final 12 years.
His fiance, Emma Day, 45, is a visible merchandiser, who was born in Cambridge however grew up in Australia, they usually stay in Brisbane.
The couple have tickets to England’s opening recreation in opposition to Haiti, for the quarterfinal and third place matches.
Chris stated: “We now have to imagine within the Lionesses and imagine they will win it. Should you don’t imagine in your individual staff what probability have they received.
“I stand up within the early hours to observe my house staff, Birmingham Metropolis, though folks say “they’re going to allow you to down”.
“The Lionesses have gotten a correct shot at this so we’ll be watching them and cheering on all their video games.”
Saffron Morrow, 22, a hairdresser from Wakefield, W. Yorks., travelling round Australia since February, stated: “I’m not usually a soccer fan however I’m having fun with watching the video games and clearly it’s nice to observe girls accomplish that properly at soccer.
“It has turn into such a superb factor.
“There’s something concerning the World Cup that simply sweeps you up into the thrill even for those who’re not a soccer fan like me.
“If it’s coming house it’s coming house and I imagine the ladies can go all the way in which.”
WillIam Morris, 26, from Ceredigion, Wales, has additionally been Down Below since February.
“I’ve received to present it to the ladies,” he stated.
“They’ve finished rather well, and have come a good distance.
“It’s such a good time for girls’s soccer, let’s see what they will do.”
England’s Jordan Nobbs in a coaching session forward of the World Cup
His pal Alex Windsor, 25, of Carmarthen, added: “There’s loads of consideration on the Lionesses from internationally after the Euro 2022. I imagine they might win it.
“The standard rivalries between England followers and Wales followers have been put to at least one aspect for the Ladies’s World Cup.
‘In any other case we wouldn’t be right here. The Lionesses and Dragons are aspect by aspect.”
England fan Claire McCain, 28, has tickets for each our opening video games.
She travels to New Zealand to see the US earlier than she returns house to Dallas, Texas.
Carrying an Arsenal shirt in Brisbane’s Pig and Whistle bar, she stated: “I’m an Arsenal fan, I really like the US staff however I’m following England too.
“I began watching them through the European Championships final 12 months and have tickets for his or her opening two video games.
“I’m going to Sydney for England’s recreation in opposition to Denmark, then to New Zealand to see the US earlier than I fly house.”
She is going to return within the first week of August having spent round £4,600 on her World Cup journey, round £1300 on flights alone.