Kirby: Those who dismiss the women’s game are a minority

Joe Williams
Fran Kirby England women

Fran Kirby says the record-breaking television viewing figures for England’s victory over Scotland on Sunday shows that those who dismiss the women’s game are a minority.

According to the BBC, the World Cup contest in Nice, which England won 2-1, was the UK’s most watched women’s football game of all time. It attracted a peak of 6.1million watching on television and a 37.8 per cent share of the available audience.

England forward Kirby said: “I think we’re always fighting these people who are saying stuff, but it just shows that it is a minority and there are many people out there that want us to do well.

“And ultimately we are playing for England, for our country, and to make the supporters back home proud. We’re not playing to try to show these people that people do care about women’s football, that’s not what we’re trying to do. We’re trying to win a World Cup for our country, and I think everyone who supports football can get behind that.

“Hopefully we can continue to grow those figures and keep that minority a minority and really grow this sport.”