Wubben-Moy: ‘To go home early from Jordan would be wrong’

Friday 07 Oct 2016
Lotte Wubben-Moy in action against Nigeria

England’s Young Lionesses are not prepared for their FIFA Women’s U17 World Cup campaign to come to an end on Saturday, said captain Lotte Wubben-Moy.

John Griffiths’s side need a victory over Brazil in their final Group C match to seal a place in the quarter final of Jordan 2016.

Wubben-Moy said: “When you’re away from home for so long with a group of girls that are like your family, to go home early would be wrong.

England v Brazil

FIFA Women's U17 World Cup
Group C
2pm BST, Saturday 8 October 2016
Al Hassan International Stadium, Irbid
Live on British Eurosport

“It’s a must-win game, we know that. But we go into every game looking to get the win so our mentality won’t change. We want a win and another clean sheet.

“Brazil defend well and we know it will be tough but we are ready. We know what we need to do.”

England opened the tournament with a 3-3 draw against 2008 winners North Korea last Saturday, followed by a goalless draw with African champions Nigeria on Tuesday.

They now sit in third place in Group C, a point behind Brazil. 

Arsenal defender Wubben-Moy said: “To play two top teams and come away with two draws is a credit to the whole team.

“The North Korea game felt like a win because we got the equaliser so late.

“I thought we dug deep against Nigeria and defended well in the second half.

“We have done well so far but we know we still haven’t hit top form. Hopefully we can attack and defend well against Brazil.”

Wubben-Moy captained England to a third-place finish at the Euro finals in May, and she has relished wearing the armband on the world stage.

She explained: “I never thought the day would come when I would lead England out at a World Cup. It’s a dream come true.

“I’ve obviously captained the side before but to do it at such a big tournament was a very proud moment for me and my family.

“I love leading such a great group of girls.”

You can watch England v Brazil live on British Eurosport.

By Glenn Lavery