Hartlepool legend jets to Canada to support daughter Jordan Nobbs’ World Cup dream

Former Hartlepool United defender Keith Nobbs and his daughter Jordan
Former Hartlepool United defender Keith Nobbs and his daughter Jordan

Hartlepool United legend Keith Nobbs has jetted out to Canada to lend his support to his daughter Jordan - as she bids for World Cup success

The 22-year-old is part of the England squad set to take on Japan in tonight’s World Cup semi-final after the Lionesses’s gutsy win over host nation Canada.

“It was a bit of a spur of the moment decision to come over but when they won the quarter-final Jordan really wanted me to come and it was brilliant to see the smile on her face when I got here,” Keith told the club’s website.

“There are a lot of parents who have come over to support their daughters now and a lot of them are staying in the same hotel so the atmosphere is brilliant.

“I popped over to see Jordan and the girls at the England hotel on Tuesday night and I am hoping to see them again after their training session on Wednesday morning.

“They’ve been out here a long time staying in hotels and sometimes the days can drag on so when you get that extra input of energy from seeing your family it can give you a real boost.

“The atmosphere among the squad is electric at their hotel – though it’s quite strange because the Japanese team are in the same place albeit on a different floor I think!

“All the girls came down and you can tell that the England squad are a really close-knit group and they’re really pulling together on and off the pitch – the team spirit is on such a high at the moment.”

The Arsenal and former Sunderland midfielder has achieved a lot in her career.

But proud dad Keith says World Cup success would be unbelievable.

“It would be crazy to see that happening – I mean, it only happens every four years and Jordan is still only 22.

“Every time I see her walk out in an England shirt it makes me extremely proud but to see her do it in the latter stages of a World Cup would be unbelievable.”

England take on holders Japan tonight (00:00 BST kick-off).