Messages of support for the England women's national football team have appeared on 23 billboards across England, as the country bids farewell and good luck to the Lionesses ahead of their FIFA Women’s World Cup campaign.
Each billboard celebrates an individual from the 23-player squad and features an image of the Lioness accompanied by a supportive message from an inspiration in their early career, such as a friend, family member, teacher or coach. The billboards have appeared across the country in locations that are special to each player and their journey, from where they grew up to the location of their current club.
Three billboards popped up across Central Liverpool showing the city’s support for local girls Toni Duggan (main), Nikita Parris (below) and Jodie Taylor.
Jodie Taylor’s former teachers Miss Morgan and Miss Kidd shared a heartfelt message ahead of the World Cup, which featured on her billboard near Liverpool James Street:
"The Lioness with the big heart and the pride of Oldershaw Academy. The staff and pupils are so proud of you Jodie.”
Toni Duggan’s message outside Liverpool Lime Street, written by her mum, reads: "Proud is an understatement! From a little girl in Everton to a name known worldwide, you are an inspiration! Everyone in Liverpool is willing you and the Lionesses to do well."
The billboard of Toxteth-born Nikita Parris can be found on Park Road, a short distance away from her former home. “Good luck Nikita we are so proud of you! We are all behind you, we know how hard you have worked to get this far! Keep smiling, keep shining!"
Phil Neville, manager of the England women’s national team, said: “This is a great send-off for the team ahead of the World Cup and encapsulates the phenomenal support that they have received so far. The girls know that the country is fully behind them and can’t wait to get out there and give it everything.”
The FIFA Women’s World Cup runs from 7 June to 7 July with the Lionesses playing their first game on 9 June against Scotland in Nice, kick off 17:00 (BST). All fixtures will be broadcast live on the BBC.
For more information visit www.thefa.com/lionesses