England women will aim for the ‘Perfect’ riposte against the USA as they continue their bid for a first Women’s Hockey World Cup title.
Ed Sheeran’s fiancee Cherry Seaborn sent a good luck message to midfielder Anna Toman ahead of England’s opening draw against India at the Olympic Park.
Seaborn is Toman’s club team-mate at Wimbledon and is backing the team for title glory.
“Everyone is really excited and Cherry is 100 per cent on board with us and behind the team,” said Toman.
“I knew Cherry before Wimbledon as I played juniors with her. I’ve seen him [Ed] about a few times and he’s really great as he comes and supports us quite a lot.
“It’s great to have the support from celebrities and it will only help us in the long run.”
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Sheeran is a keen supporter of his soon-to-be wife at Wimbledon matches. “It attracts quite a bit of attention,” added Toman.
“If we can keep hockey in the limelight then that’s what we want. We want people talking about it and supporting us.”
England will need a win against the USA to avoid a nervy final game against Ireland and the threat of finishing second, meaning a cross over game to qualify for the knock out stages of their own World Cup.
The US need a win after going down to Ireland on the opening day of the tournament.
Susannah Townsend said there was more to come from England after their 1-1 draw with India.
“We controlled it but couldn’t get it in. Yes, we could have scored more goals if you look at it but we’re in the tournament,” she said.
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