Women’s Soccer United chatted to one of the most talented young players in the women’s game today, England and Arsenal Ladies’ attacking midfielder Jordan Nobbs. Jordan was speaking at an event for Vauxhall, the sponsor of home nations football.
We spoke to Jordan about the upcoming FIFA Women’s World Cup qualifier against Wales on Saturday 26 October 2013 and her views about the qualifying campaign so far. We wondered if Jordan had any concerns about playing the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015 on artificial turf should England’s qualifying campaign be successful.
“No I don’t think so; obviously we have all played on the turf before and I think whatever the pitch we are going to play on we have got to be ready for that. I am sure we will be prepared and we will be training on that surface when needed. If anything, it is the perfect surface for us as a team to pass the ball on.”
Jordan has been a part of the England set-up since the age of 12 and has already captained the England U-15s and England U-17s, she has made a massive impact on the International stage scoring what Jordan considers to be one of her best goals in her career so far.
“The goal I scored in the U-19s European Championship Final. I think playing at a top level like that and I think we are one of the only (England) teams that have actually won a Euro tournament so that is definitely one in my memory, it was a long range strike and definitely one I will never forget.”
The other most memorable goal for Jordan was the goal she scored in her England International debut in their 4-2 win over Italy in the Cyprus Cup 2013. The instant impact the young player had at senior level gave high hopes and expectations for the upcoming UEFA Women’s European Championship in Sweden. Nobbs was selected to represent her country at Euro 2013 but did not feature and England’s campaign ended at the group stage. Jordan has used the whole experience to keep herself focused on achieving her goals.
“I was really privileged to be a part of the England squad and a part of the Euros, I definitely still take positives from the tournament and hopefully it has pushed me that little bit harder to get into the senior squad and be a part of future major tournaments but also get further in these tournaments as well.”
Jordan plays for one of the most successful women’s team in England, Arsenal Ladies having signed for them aged just 17 in August 2010. The club are through to the round of 16 in the UEFA Women’s Champions League where they meet Scottish champions Glasgow City in what is viewed as the ‘Battle of Britain’. Jordan told us that although Arsenal beat Glasgow earlier this year, they have to take each game as it comes.
“I think we just have to take each game as it comes but I think it is always encouraging that we have played Glasgow before and as a team we know about them so I think that is particularly something we will look back on and hopefully we can progress to the next stage of the Champions League.”
Arsenal Ladies have managed to progress to the quarters and semi-final stages in the UEFA Women’s Champions League and this year they are determined to make the Final, where they will have the chance to win a place at next year’s competition and Jordan is hoping to avoid the likes of Olympique Lyonnais on the road to the final
“I think the likes of Lyon who we have played before, I think they are a top professional club and if you want to meet them anywhere, you want to be in the Final with them so hopefully we can avoid them and we can progress into the final and play on the top stage against the teams like that.”
Arsenal play in the English Women’s Super League which will be expanding in 2014 as a second-tier is added. Jordan shares her thoughts on what this means to her.
“Yes, I think it is encouraging that the Women’s Super League has started and now they have got that second-tier that will obviously mean there is clubs behind all of us that are wanting to come up to the top-tier. Them players will be pushing up and pushing us as players, I think it is only encouraging that the women’s game has developed and hopefully it will keep developing.”
Asked if there were any players in her opponents’ clubs that Jordan found difficult to play against, Nobbs answered.
“I think as a player myself I have always focused on my own game and not about whoever I am coming up against. I think that is something you have to kind of look passed, and just play better than them but I think I could name a number of players in the WSL at the moment that have progressed and are doing really well”
Apart from the obvious talent and skill that stands out when you watch Jordan Nobbs play, what was also inspiring when talking to the young player was her focus and hard work. Such professionalism and determination from such a young age and bursting with ambition, not only is she a star now with the many achievements to date but also one to watch for the future! Thank you Jordan for taking the time to chat with us, we wish you all the best in your career.
Jordan Nobbs was speaking to Gina West.
You can view more of Jordan Nobbs’ answers on twentyfour7 Football
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