Returning England women looking for more Fratton joy

England Ladies player Jordan Nobbs and Medina Primary School pupil, Sebastian Borja, take time out of a training session at the school in Cosham ahead of England women's World Cup qualifier against Turkey at Fratton Park tomorrow night
England Ladies player Jordan Nobbs and Medina Primary School pupil, Sebastian Borja, take time out of a training session at the school in Cosham ahead of England women's World Cup qualifier against Turkey at Fratton Park tomorrow night
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Jordan Nobbs is seeking to make it a double dose of south-coast delight as England women continue their World Cup qualification campaign.

Brent Hill’s side bounced back from their summer European Championships disappointment by hammering Belarus 6-0 in Bournemouth last weekend.

The match was Hill’s first as interim head coach, following the sacking of Hope Powell.

And the emphatic Dean Court result gave England the perfect start to their 2015 World Cup qualifying campaign.

Tomorrow they face Turkey at Fratton Park (7.05pm) in their latest match, having last visited Pompey’s home in 2004.

For Nobbs, who started in midfield during that destruction of Belarus, it will be a maiden visit to the Blues’ home.

A crowd of 6,818 turned out at Dean Court to cheer on the Three Lions – and the 20-year-old is hoping for similar support from Pompey fans.

The Arsenal Ladies player said: ‘I’ve never been to Fratton Park before so it will be a new experience for me.

‘Hopefully, it will all go well. I don’t really focus on the venue too much as a player wherever I play, I just want to be doing the best that I can.

‘But it does add to the experience and excitement of playing football. You want to be playing at different venues and different big grounds.

‘And also that encourages people in other areas of the country to come and watch women’s football

‘I think that is definitely a massive positive of travelling around England.

‘If we get a full packed-out stadium it will look really good and, obviously, it is on tele so hopefully they will support us and cheer us on.

‘Every England trip I am selected for I get excited but when you are travelling to new places it adds to that as well.

‘We are going to take the Euros on board but we want to focus on the qualifiers and that is our main aim.

‘England are in the top 10 in the world so are obviously progressing and, hopefully, we can do the same again this year.

‘England are ranked high in the world for a reason.

‘It’s about the talent we’ve got, how well we have been playing and always getting through qualifiers.’