THE WOMEN’s World Cup is well underway and England’s fate in the competition was settled last night when they took on Columbia in their final group game for a spot in the last 16.
Blues ladies midfielder Jade Moore has been part of the adventure and she spoke exclusively to women’s football writer Tony Leighton for the Solihull Observer at the England training camp in Moncton about playing on the biggest stage of all.
Playing in a World Cup is the pinnacle for any football player and that is no different for Jade Moore.
The 24-year-old came on as a second half substitute during last Tuesday’s 1-0 defeat to France and she reveals her emotions after making her World Cup bow.
“I was quite calm wasn’t very nervous just knew what I had to go and do – I knew my job role,” said Moore
“I just went on and did my best, tried to make a difference and put myself about and bring what I can bring to the team and in the ten minutes I had I think I did that.
“On Tuesday I got a good ten minutes under my belt against France. It was a difficult game to go into as a sub coming on to try and make a difference.
“We’ve been doing quite a lot of work as a team to put the negatives to bed early and focus on the positives.
“So as soon as the game finished against France we hit the positives out of it. We knew that we’d nailed the game plan and that we’d had quite good individual performances from the game plan that was asked
“The inner confidence, self belief and desire within all of us is there. But the performance isn’t the be all and end all.
“It helps in competitions to build on performance and build on the result. If we get a lucky win at the end at the end of the day and the performance isn’t there then that’s all that matters.”
The England squad have been based at their training camp in Moncton throughout the tournament before flying out to Montreal for Wednesday’s match against Columbia.
Moncton has a population of just under 70,000 and Moore says the England players have found themselves in ideal surroundings to take their mind away from football.
“It’s a quite, cute little place I’d say and there’s not much going on but there’s enough to keep you entertained off the pitch to keep you focused on the pitch.
“When we were in Toronto it was a big place and you felt a little bit like you were missing out if you didn’t go out and see things.
“You were on your feet all the time so to be in a little place like Moncton really helps. It keeps people more relaxed and stops people from doing things they feel they’re missing out on.
“It’s quite a nice little place. When you walk down the street you see familiar faces and it’s just a tidy little place.
“I think all the girls are really enjoying it. We feared the worst coming into Moncton because of what previous people have said when you’ve asked people things in Toronto some people said ‘where’s that’?
So it’s not a well known place around Canada but I think we’re making the best of it.”
“We had a few of the girls from Birmingham who were here for the Under-20s tournament last year and they said there’s not a lot to do. But in the Under-20s there might have been some underage players there that don’t get a licence to do what we do.
“If we want to go out for a bit we’re allowed to do that. We’ve got the trust and responsibility to do that. Everyone is making the most of it. A few people are eating out in the local restaurants and it’s been really good.”
A positive team morale can be a key ingredient for success at major tournaments and Moore feels the England squad has grown closer together during their time in Canada.
“Casey Stoner ran a sort of events night where we did lots of daft games and a bit of competition against each other.
“The staff were the worst! The staff say they don’t get any time to be competitive. We get it every day in training but they don’t get any time so once the games began they were ultra competitive, to a point where they were trying to put people off!
“And that was fun. Myself and Laura Bassett, are disciplined reps that keep everything in check. We always have a key night where we have to pull everyone in and make people do forfeits and things.
“So there’s a few in-house things going on. The fun stuff helps keep everyone together.
“It helps build the ethos but it also helps people relax and takes their mind of training and the games and the intensity of where we are.”
Asked how far England can go, Moore added: “I think it all depends on our run that we get, the teams that we face and the performances that we showcase.
“I think on any given day if we produce a good performance with everyone playing well we don’t need to fear anyone in this competition.
“And if you perform and do what we need to do to win those games then nobody needs to be feared.
“In the grand scheme of things as far as we can possibly go is what we’re hoping for.”