England stars are chomping at the bit as they prepare to face the hosts on Saturday in the Women’s World Cup. Sky Sports News reporter Geraint Hughes is in Vancouver to savour the mood in both camps………
I had my first experience of meeting the Canadian team on Wednesday… It didn’t last long. The hosts are doing things very differently from many of the other nations here.
“O Canada! Our home and native land! True patriot love in all thy sons command. With glowing hearts we see thee rise, The True North strong and free! From far and wide, O Canada, we stand on guard for thee. God keep our land glorious and free! O Canada, we stand on guard for thee. O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.”
When 50,000 Canada fans belt that anthem out, England will know, if they don’t already, that they are facing not just the finest 11 footballers Canada possess, but a 12th woman in the form of a hostile crowd decked out in red and white.
Midfielder Katie Chapman told SSNHQ: “I like it, we know it’s going to be a hostile crowd, but I really like that and after a while anyway you forget about it and it just becomes noise. I’ll be thinking, yes they are the hosts, but all the pressure is on them.”