Pools legend Keith Nobbs has flown out to Canada to support his daughter Jordan who is part of the England squad who have made history by reaching the World Cup semi-finals.
Nobbs explained that he was unsure what to do after watching the Lionesses reach the last four with a gutsy win over host nation Canada in Saturday’s quarter-final.
But the former Victoria Park defender revealed that it was a call from his jubilant daughter after that brilliant win which convinced him to jump on a flight.
“It’s buzzing over here,” a jet-lagged Keith told us from his Edmonton hotel room at 3.30am Canadian-time on Wednesday morning.
“It was a bit of a spur of the moment decision to come over but when they won the quarter-final Jordan really wanted me to come and it was brilliant to see the smile on her face when I got here.
“There are a lot of parents who have come over to support their daughters now and a lot of them are staying in the same hotel so the atmosphere is brilliant.
“I popped over to see Jordan and the girls at the England hotel on Tuesday night and I am hoping to see them again after their training session on Wednesday morning.
“They’ve been out here a long time staying in hotels and sometimes the days can drag on so when you get that extra input of energy from seeing your family it can give you a real boost.
“The atmosphere among the squad is electric at their hotel – though it’s quite strange because the Japanese team are in the same place albeit on a different floor I think!
“All the girls came down and you can tell that the England squad are a really close-knit group and they’re really pulling together on and off the pitch – the team spirit is on such a high at the moment.”
There have been many highs for talented midfielder Jordan during her career so far but her father admits that seeing the Arsenal star competing in the last four of a World Cup would be near the top of the list.
And he is backing the in-form England squad to defeat semi-final opponents and holders Japan tonight (00:00 BST kick-off) and go on to lift the World Cup in Vancouver on Sunday.
“It would be crazy to see that happening – I mean, it only happens every four years and Jordan is still only 22.
“Every time I see her walk out in an England shirt it makes me extremely proud but to see her do it in the latter stages of a World Cup would be unbelievable.
“It is a great achievement for them to get to the semi-final really and I think they have a great chance of reaching the Final and going on to win it now.
“If you look at how the draw has gone, they’ve missed Germany, USA and France and their performances have been getting better as the tournament has progressed which is what you want.
“Japan are a good side technically who work well as a team and keep the ball efficiently so England will have to make sure they don’t give it away too easily.
“In previous meetings we’ve always done well and Japan have struggled so I think that could be the case again. I’m going for a 2-1 win for the girls.”