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Fran and squad receive Royal backing

8 June 2015

HRH sends his support to England squad

With Reading striker Fran Kirby just a day away from beginning her World Cup adventure with the England Women's Team out in Canada, the squad have received words of Royal approval from HRH The Duke of Cambridge.

Prince William, the President of The Football Association, today sent a ‘good luck’ message to the squad currently preparing for tomorrow's group clash against France out in Moncton, New Brunswick.

The Lionesses and head coach Mark Sampson met The Duke on a recent visit to the national football centre at St George’s Park just before they flew out to the finals and His Royal Highness said, “It gives me great pleasure to wish Mark Sampson, the England squad and all of the backroom staff the very best of luck for the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada.

“As President of The FA, I am delighted that women’s football has become such a central part of our daily work across the country.

"The senior England team are the pinnacle of this and I am sure all football fans will join me in hoping they do well over the coming days.

“Having had the chance to meet the squad and follow their progress in qualifying, I know they are determined to do their very best at the finals. And I believe their involvement will inspire more girls up and down the country to get involved in the game.

“A positive performance in Canada will only further the growth of the women’s game. So good luck to all involved and... come on England!”

Fran's England side are ranked sixth in the world, but they face a stern test in France on Tuesday evening, 6pm kick off (UK time), before matches against Mexico and Colombia on 13th and 17th June respectively.

This will be England’s fourth appearance at a FIFA Women’s World Cup, with the Lionesses reaching the quarter finals on each previous occasion – 1995, 2007 and 2011. England qualified for the World Cup after a perfect qualifying campaign, winning all 10 matches, scoring 52 goals and conceding just one.

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