Dinnington’s Jade Moore is confident England’s women can turn the odds upside down and become world champions.
England beat Norway to book a place against host side Canada in the quarter finals on Saturday, a match that will attract around 50,000 fans and millions of TV viewers around the world.
The favourites to win the trophy are Germany and the USA, with France, Japan and Canada all rated more highly than England. Moore is confident though says her dad, Mansfield businessman Adrian, a one-time professional footballer himself with Nottingham Forest, Notts County and Chester.
“She thinks England can go on and win this - they all do” he said. “They are up for the Canada game. Jade is mentally tough and playing in front of 50-60,000 fans won’t affect her. She is well hardened to the game and thinks they can go all the way in this tournament.”
Jade, a former Dinnington Comp student, played soccer with boys until she was 10, when she spent some time with the Welbeck girls team Club in Mansfield. She was fast-tracked to Doncaster Belles before playing for Lincoln, Leeds and Birmingham, where she is current vice captain.
Her father described her as a “Roy Keane” type, a combative midfielder who is highly rated by coach Mark Sampson.
Jade, 24, who has two younger brothers and an older sister, came on as a sub in the opening defeat by France, but started against Mexico, Colombia and Norway.