Good luck Lionesses
Six billboards across Manchester show the city’s support for Manchester City’s Steph Houghton, Karen Bardsley, Keira Walsh, Demi Stokes, Georgia Stanway and former City star Lucy Bronze, while two messages for Manchester United’s Alex Greenwood and Abbie McManus have appeared close to Old Trafford.
Abbie McManus’ brother shared a heartfelt message ahead of her World Cup debut, which featured on her billboard on Chester Road: “You will never know how much of an inspiration you are to me. You have absolutely smashed it, go and shine, it's your time!"
Demi Stokes’ message on London Road was written by her former teacher, Ian Williamson, and reads: "We are so proud of everything you have achieved in football. You are an outstanding person who inspires me to be the best role model I can be."
Steph Houghton’s cousin Amy expressed how proud the captain has made the family on Steph’s billboard which can be seen on Albion Way: “From the Welfare to the World Cup, you've done us proud. You are the most inspiring and resilient person and we love you so much. Good luck!”
Karen Bardsley’s message on Downing Street was written by her mum and dad and reads: “Awesome person, awesome keeper, tremendous role model. You have worked so hard for this opportunity. We are so proud of what you have accomplished. Good luck in France!”
Keira Walsh’s dad wished her well on her billboard on Chancellor Lane: “All that practice on the common has finally paid off. So proud of you. Good luck in France!"
Georgia Stanway’s billboard in Manchester Victoria station featured her mum and dad who shared their wishes for Georgia to enjoy every minute: “We are extremely proud of you Georgia. All that travelling has paid off. Enjoy every minute of the World Cup. Love from us all."
Lucy Bronze’s billboard on Regents Road included a message from her brother, Jorge: “Lucy, you are a massive inspiration to everybody. Go Lucy go!”
Alex Greenwood’s mum and dad shared a supportive message on her billboard that can be seen on Stretford Road: “Wishing you and the team the very best for the World Cup in France. We will be cheering you on every step of the way, this is your moment."
Phil Neville, manager of the England women’s national team, said: “This is a great send-off for the team ahead of the World Cup and encapsulates the phenomenal support that they have received so far. The girls know that the country is fully behind them and can’t wait to get out there and give it everything.”
The FIFA Women’s World Cup runs from 7 June to 7 July with the Lionesses playing their first game on 9 June against Scotland in Nice, kick off 17:00 (BST). All fixtures will be broadcast live on the BBC.
For more information visit www.thefa.com/lionesses