England star Jordan Nobbs has praised her dad - former Hartlepool United defender Keith - for inspiring her to return from injury to help the Lionesses progress in the Women’s World Cup.
The 22-year-old was missing with a hamstring injury during England’s first two Group F games.
But, with the loving support of her family, Jordan returned to the starting line-up on Wednesday night for their crucial 2-1 win over Columbia.
The win secured Mark Sampson’s side’s place in the last 16 of the tournament in Canada. They now face Norway in Ottawa on Monday.
Her dad is Keith, who played 327 times for Pools between 1985 and 1993 and now heads up the club’s Community Sports Foundation - and she has heaped praise on him for his influence.
“He’s been a massive part of my career so it’s natural that people see him as an idol of mine,” the Arsenal Ladies midfielder told BBC Tees from England’s base in Canada.
“I’ve always talked about him a lot because he’s an inspiration for me and I miss him a lot.
“My dad was a defender and the amount of stories he tells me about what he’s been though – he’s run through some quite bad injuries.
“It’s one thing I don’t have in me - though I wish I could have run with one leg during this hamstring injury. My dad is a hard man and he’s been there for me over these past few weeks.
“He has told me that injuries are hard to take but that it’s something you will experience and learn from, and you learn how to use your body better and that advice has helped me.
“Family is one thing you massively need when you’re through your ups and downs.
“It’s hard sometimes to offload on players or staff so having my dad there, who has been in the game as well, means he knows exactly what is going through my head.”